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Black Sea Horizon Grant Scheme to facilitate the participation of Black Sea countries in Brokerage Events

The Black Sea Horizon Project has developed a Grant Scheme to financially support the participation of local researchers from Black Sea countries in brokerage events and other activities related to Horizon2020 in the EU Member States or Associated Countries.  These events allowed researchers to acquire general understanding on the framework programme, network with EU consortia, to build-up partnerships for future joint research activities and to make their institutions and/or their research networks better known.

Black Sea Horizon Grant Scheme  to facilitate the participation of Black Sea countries in Brokerage Events
  • Posted on: 22.12.2016
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Contact: Zita Buday, zita.buday@rcisd.eu

The results since 2014 show that the competition in H2020 is extremely hard. A lot of experienced EU institutions are running for the resources of the framework programme. The readiness for involvement of new parties is extremely low. Since human brain is our most important resource it would be extremely important for Europe to cooperate for a mutual benefit with the knowledge base of different regions. Hopefully, this grant scheme can contribute to the better inclusion of the Black Sea Region to the European Research Area.

The thematic priorities have been defined as follows:

Sustainable agriculture
Resource efficiency in relation to water / water management

Applied chemistry & smart materials


Two calls have been announced by task leader RCISD (HU) during 2016, the maximum funding per grant was EUR 1000. The eligible costs included travel & accommodation and visa costs, on a reimbursement basis. A list of recommended brokerage events has been also published.  The calls have been disseminated to the relevant scientific communities of the Black Sea countries - AR, AZ, GE, MD, RU, TR, and UA – by the local consortium partners. The evaluation of the applications has been performed also by the local partners, based on a specified scoring matrix. The main evaluation criteria included a PhD degree and proper knowledge of English of the applicant, as well as scientific/research excellence. In case of equal scores female and/or young researchers enjoyed preference.

For the first call 15 applications have been submitted. Ukraine and Moldavia showed greatest interest, with 5 and 4 applicants. Altogether 9 applicants received funding from six countries. The most popular thematic field was sustainable agriculture. The last event selected is in January 2017.

The second call has been closed recently, with 29 applications, out of them 12 applicants have been selected to receive funding. Mobility of researchers in this second round will start in next January and be finished by April 2017.

As stipulated in the call, the grantees are requested to deliver a Follow-up report, describing their opinion about the event, the activities performed during the brokerage event including concrete results and letters of intent from partners about possible future cooperation in H2020. Recommendations and comments concerning the grant scheme itself have been also included in the reports (e.g. to pay per diem and minor local transport costs) which provides useful information to the BSH project and also for future similar activities.

Moreover, the grantees have been also asked to send short feedback after 6 – 12 months allowing us the monitoring of the long-term impact and outcome of the grant scheme. As soon as the mobility of researchers is finished, a report will be prepared by RCISD, summarizing the experiences, results and conclusions of this action.

Mobility of researchers with BSH travel grant in the first call
Mobility of researchers with BSH travel grant in the first call

Scientific field: Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary, Agricultural Sciences, Resource efficiency and environment | Related Topics: BLACK SEA HORIZON | Geographical focus: Black Sea Region