The EU is keen to maintain strong partnerships with the Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries. One way of achieving this is by helping to develop professional expertise in the countries of Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and Belarus (KRUAB) through closer scientific links. Bearing this in mind, the Injoy&Train project is focusing on creating research partnerships between the EU and these five nations, specifically in the area of food quality and safety, and in the food, agriculture and biotechnology sectors.
Injoy&Train contributes towards increased KRUAB participation in EU Framework Programmes by directly assisting and coaching research partners from these countries. The project facilitates the exchange of knowledge among researchers, multipliers and small to medium enterprises (SMEs), while promoting the competencies of KRUAB countries. It also supports capacity building and encourages the engagement of skilled potential partners, while providing extensive know-how on submission procedures.
THE BRAINS BEHIND THE RESEARCH
An established multi-skilled consortium is the impetus behind the project's success. The group comprises nine partners from nine countries. The consortium creates a proactive network of researchers, multipliers and SMEs in KRUAB countries, and trains them in the legislative and institutional environment of EU framework plans. A further benefit is the creation of research partnerships between the two groups of nations, with participants from the agriculture, food and biotechnology fields in training workshops.
The effective dissemination of information is a significant part of the project. This is achieved through the project's website (which is in English and Russian), and by issuing a quarterly electronic newsletter which actively informs those registered with the InJoy&Train database about the project's progress.
InJoy&Train strengthens cooperation between the research communities of the EU and the five former USSR countries by forging links across the region. However, this goes beyond promoting learning and technology and organisational innovation. The project is also instrumental in developing human and institutional potential at both regional and international levels.
MIXING BUSINESS WITH SCIENCE
Injoy&Train offers strategic support by guaranteeing a proactive network of researchers, multipliers and SMEs in KRUAB countries, and by taking a direct approach towards operators in the food, agriculture and biotechnology sectors. This serves to develop new and safer food production chains and foods. The building, strengthening and securing of these partnerships is of importance because it helps to reinforce the European Research Area (ERA), which aims for better coordination of research activities and the convergence of research and innovation policies, at national and EU levels. The InJoy&Train project is therefore helping to develop a vibrant European knowledge-based economy, by bringing together science, industry and other key players to make the most of new and emerging opportunities. In this way research, cooperation and innovation breed success, and being a good neighbour makes sound economic sense.
List of Partners
- Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea (Italy)
- Centre for Innovation and Technology of Biologically Active Substances, Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia)
- National Agricultural University of National Agricultural, University of Ukraine (Ukraine)
- Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Information Support of Science and Technology Sphere (Belarus)
- Yerevan State University (Armenia)
- Tudomanyos es Technologiai Alapitvany (Hungary)
- Food Industrial Research and Technological Development Company (Greece)
- SenterNovem (The Netherlands)
- Independent Expert Consulting Board to Promote Scientific Research Activity in Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan)
- Full title:
- East European cooperation network for international joint training in FP6/FP7 food, agriculture and biotechnology for EUKazakhstan- Russia-Ukraine-Armenia-Belarus countries
- Contract n°:
- Project co-ordinator:
- Diassina di Maggio,
Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea, APRE
- EC Scientific Officer:
- Jean-François Maljean,
- EU contribution:
- € 343,914
- Specific Support Action