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20 March 2015

Ukraine joins Horizon 2020 to work with EU in science and research

 alt= Carlos Moedas, Member of the EC in charge of Research, Science and Innovation, travelled to Kiev to participate, together with Serhii Myronovych Kvit, Ukrainian Minister for Education and Science

Researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries. This is thanks to the Agreement for the Association of Ukraine to Horizon 2020, signed today in Kyiv by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Serhiy Kvit, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Commissioner Moedas said: "I am very pleased to welcome Ukraine into our EU research funding programme Horizon 2020. Ukraine has chosen to invest in its knowledge and in its people. Chosen to contribute to the common goals of the wider science and technology community. Ukraine's great research and innovation potential offers promising partnerships for Europe. And Ukraine will now have access to the full spectrum of activities funded under Horizon 2020, helping spur its economy. I hope Ukraine will make the most of these opportunities."

Horizon 2020 is the first EU programme in which Ukraine has chosen to participate following the beginning of provisional application of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. This association to Horizon 2020 highlights that both the EU and Ukraine consider research and innovation crucial for economic growth and the creation of jobs.

The agreement opens a wide range of new opportunities to Ukrainian research institutions, universities and businesses across the whole research and innovation value chain, from fundamental research up to close-to-market activities. For instance, Ukraine will now be able to host European Research Council (ERC) grants, apply for financial support to innovative SMEs, benefit from support for scientific excellence and other research policies and participate in the governance structures of the programme.

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Policy Dialogue

The Ukraine-EU Science and Technology cooperation is based on the Ukraine-EU Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation signed on 4 July 2002. Under the terms of this Agreement the Joint Committee on S&T Cooperation was established. First meeting took place in Brussels on 23 November 2011. Both sides provided information on current developments in research and innovation policy and programs in the EU and Ukraine respectively. Review was provided on the current levels of EU-Ukraine cooperation in research and innovation, discussing activities carried out through the 7th EU Framework Program for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and through Ukrainian national programs and bilateral activities with EU Member States. Both sides shared information on the health, ICT and nanotechnology/materials research, with a view to promoting and potentially increasing future cooperation in these areas, and agreed to work to identify two to three areas of research and innovation cooperation, which will be developed, through future meetings of the Joint Committee, as strategic EU-Ukraine priorities on a bilateral or bi-regional level through the Eastern Partnership. It was noted that regular consultation should be continued and that the next meeting would be held in Kyiv in 2013.

Ukraine is a part of the Eastern Partnership region of the European Neighbourhood. With this region a development towards a "Common Knowledge and Innovation Space" is envisaged. To achieve that the Commission will intensify cooperation with Ukraine and will support better networking and co-ordination between Ukraine and the EU in the setting and synchronisation of research priorities. With a view to promoting preparation of Ukraine's research community for the Horizon 2020, the Commission will support Ukraine in building up research capacity, promote the increased collaboration between Ukraine's and EU researchers and research organisations and strengthen the dissemination of information on Horizon 2020 to Ukraine. The Commission will also support special information events on Horizon 2020.

The current EU programmes with options for RTD cooperation with Ukraine are as follows:

  • FP7 - Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development;
  • Erasmus Mundus;
  • Tempus;
  • Jean Monnet Programme under the Lifelong Learning Programme;
  • INSC - Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation (from 2007 onward since it replaces the Tacis Nuclear Safety Programme) - funded though ENPI European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument;
  • ENPI CBC (Cross-Border-Cooperation) Poland-Belarus-Ukraine Programme;
  • Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013;
  • Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013;
  • Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2007-2013;
  • INOGATE Interstate Oil and Gas Transport to Europe - funded though ENPI European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument ;
  • Nuclear Safety Co-operation Instrument (NSCI);
  • South East Europe Programme;
  • Central Europe Programme.

The following bilateral policy agreements between the EU and Ukraine constitute the background for policy dialogue:



The promotion of bilateral cooperation with Ukraine is supported through a BILAT project (BILAT-Ukr*aina, ) which started on 1 September 2012 and is expected to last 34 months.

The major objectives of BILAT-UKR*AINA are to:

  • support the institutional dialogue on science, technology and innovation (STI) policy between the European Commission, the EU Member States/Associates Countries, and Ukraine,
  • provide analytical input to the dialogue at the Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC), and
  • ensure practical follow-up and sustainability;

Particularly, BILAT-UKR*AINA:

  • foresees in a flexible manner pilot activities to facilitate the implementation of the joint EU-Ukraine STI Roadmap;
  • promotes Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI) cooperation opportunities to support the creation of networks and the participation in joint projects;
  • monitors and analyses innovation and research cooperation expressed in co-publications, scientific and educational networks and in terms of joint projects;
  • analyses, promotes and monitors the participation of EU researchers in Ukrainian Science and Technology State Programmes;
  • secures the outreach of the project to interested parties who are not consortium members, and
  • increases awareness about the assets of RTDI cooperation with Ukraine.


The on-going FP 7 Capacities INCO projects are as follows:

Project Acronym Activity Start date Duration
COMBIOM FP7-INCO-2011-6 01/12/2011 36
INCRIS FP7-INCO-2011-6 01/12/2011 30
KhAI ERA FP7-INCO-2011-6 01/12/2011 36
NANOTWINNING FP7-INCO-2011-6 01/12/2011 28
START FP7-INCO-2011-6 01/11/2011 30
SUCCESS FP7-INCO-2010-6 01/11/2010 36
ERAIHM FP7-INCO-2010-6 01/11/2010 31


Other notable projects

InnoPolicy - Enhance Innovation Strategies, Policies and Regulation in Ukraine

The EuropeAid-funded Innopolicy project was implemented in Ukraine between 2009 and 2011 in order to support the formulation of the Ukrainian innovation and research policy on the governmental and regional levels, to support improvement of the regulatory and legislative environment for Research, Innovation and intellectual property rights in Ukraine and bring the Ukrainian legislation in compliance with the best European practices. The project also aimed to support state departments in Ukraine that are dealing with innovation and IPR issues.

Key documents

PROMITHEAS 4 - Knowledge Transfer and Research Needs for preparing Mitigation/Adaptation Policy Portfolios

The project's aims are the development and evaluation of mitigation/adaptation (M/A) policy portfolios and the prioritization of research needs and gaps for 12 countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine) characterized as emerging economies. The overall strategy is based on Development, Implementation, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer towards scientists and decision makers of both public and private sectors from the aforementioned emerging economies. Scientific research needs and gaps will be identified and listed in an inventory.

IncoNet EECA - S&T International Cooperation Network for Eastern European and Central Asian Countries

This project, which ended in June 2012, addressed STI policy stakeholders from the EU, its Member States and Associated Countries (MS/AC) and Eastern European/Central Asian (EECA) countries. Its aim was to establish an STI Policy Dialogue Platform between the EU MS/AC on the one side and 12 Eastern European and Central Asian countries (incl. Ukraine) on the other side. To achieve its goals the project organised five successful Policy Stakeholders' Conferences and undertook comprehensive analytical work, which fed into a White Paper on chances and challenges for future cooperation. All project results continue to be available from the project's website.



Exemplary thematic EU-Ukraine cooperation projects:

LCOIR-UA: Low-Carbon Opportunities for Industrial Regions of Ukraine

The project aims at encouraging and facilitating the practical implementation of activities on clean coal technology and technology of carbon capture and storage (climate technologies) in Ukraine, as well as contributing to initiating of cooperation in this domain between Ukraine and the European Community.


PESI - A Pan-European species-directories infrastructure

PESI provides standardised and authoritative taxonomic information by integrating and securing Europe's taxonomically authoritative species name registers and nomenclators (name databases) that underpin the management of biodiversity in Europe.


COMPOSITUM - Hybrid Nanocomposites and their applications

The project aims to establish or reinforce long-term research co-operation through a coordinated joint programme of exchange of researchers for short periods, and in particular strengthening European position in the research activities related to nanosciences, nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. It also supports the strategic objective of the PEOPLE programme to make Europe attractive to the best researchers from outside the EU.




Framework documents

Background documents


European Commission
DG Research and Innovation
Thierry Devars
Policy Officer
Unit RTD C.3 - European Neighbourhood, Africa and the Gulf
Telephone: (+32) 229 68744

Thierry Devars