Policy background

The EU and Central Asian countries share the common goal of achieving stability and prosperity by means of peaceful interaction, political cooperation and economic development.

The EU is strongly committed to strengthening its relations in all areas of cooperation with Central Asian countries. This effort is implemented through the EU-Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership.

Increased cooperation in science and research is of mutual interest for the EU and Central Asian countries because the two regions share numerous scientific challenges. Investments and cooperation focuses on innovation and especially on innovative agriculture and sustainable energy.

Main areas of cooperation

  • human rights
  • education
  • rule of law
  • energy and transport
  • environment and water
  • common threats
  • trade and economic relations


Horizon 2020 is open to the world. This means that participants from all over the world can participate in most calls. In many cases, the EU will fund at least partly the participation of the international partners.

International cooperation in Horizon 2020

Projects and results

Research project database

EU-funded research projects involving an Central Asian partner

For previous framework programmes, please contact the Research enquiry service.


National Contact Points

The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020.

European Commission

DG Research and Innovation unit H.2: International cooperation