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STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries – PLUS

The project 'STI International Cooperation Network for EaP Countries Plus (EaP PLUS)' aims to stimulate cooperation between researchers from the EaP countries and EU MS and enhance the active participation of the Eastern Partnership countries in Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries – PLUS
  • Posted on: 06.10.2016
  • Project date: September 2016 - August 2019
  • Acronym: EaP PLUS

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Building on the results of the predecessor FP7 project 'IncoNet EaP', the project will eliminate remaining obstacles to EU-EaP STI cooperation through a number of innovative and targeted actions:

  • strategic priority setting through supporting EU-EaP policy dialogue and through maximizing the impact of the association to Horizon 2020;
  • stronger interaction between researchers & participation in H2020, i.e. Info days, cooperation with scientific diaspora, and grants for networking;
  • promotion of the research-innovation interface supporting communities of excellence, i.e. co-patenting analyses, clustering schemes, promotion of the technology platforms concept to EaP countries;
  • optimal framework conditions and increasing coordination in policies and programmes through training seminars for STI policymakers, increased coordination and synergies between policies and programmes of EU/MS and EaP, i.e. JPIs, COST, national programmes;
  • communication and outreach through innovative actions

Coordinator of EaP PLUS is Dr. George Bonas, Managing Director of the Centre for Regional & International STI Studies & Support - CeRISS. The consortium of EaP PLUS consists of 17 experienced partners presenting a broad geographic coverage and complementary competences.

Partners from 14 countries are participating in the consortium with good balance between EU and EaP partners: 9 from EU MS and 8 from EaP countries. Two of the partners possess an international character, namely the International Centre for Black Sea Studies – ICBSS located in Greece and the European Business and Innovation Centre Network – EBN located in Belgium.

The eight institutions from all the six EaP countries participating in the project include public authorities/funding agencies (UKRTECHNIFORM acting on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Science/UA; SRNSF/GE; SDF-AZ/AZ), research organizations (NASU/UA, NAS-RA/AM, CIP on behalf of the Academy of Sciences/MD, BelISA/BY) and civil society (ICARTI/GE). 

On the EU side, the consortium includes partners from 8 MS i.e. Austria (ZSI), Belgium (EBN), France (Inno TSD), Germany (DLR), Greece (CeRISS), Hungary (RCISD), Poland (IPPT-PAN) and Portugal (SPI), who have experience as: a) responsible drivers of international STI cooperation with the EaP region; b) innovation specialists and members of important EU innovation networks; c) NCPs.

Program: Horizon 2020 | Scientific field: Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary | Related Topics: Research and innovation community, Research and Innovation support Initiatives | Geographical focus: EaP (Eastern Partnership Countries)

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