The Balkan Barometer 2020
The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) launched on 24 June the fifth edition of the Balkan Barometer. The virtual launch event organized by the RCC included keynotes from Commissioner for Enlargement Mr. Oliver Varhely and H.E Ambassador Prof. Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and interventions from a number of high level representatives from the region.
The 2020 edition measures the progress achieved by the Western Balkans economies in advancing the regional cooperation, European integration and transformation agenda. The Barometer is an inclusive perception-based survey which examined the attitudes and aspirations both of citizens and businesses across the Western Balkan economies.
Africa Europe Innovation Partnership pilot programme - 4th event
The Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership (AEIP) is organising its 4th event (virtual), under the patronage of the South African Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation, to support “Building Tenable Technology Transfer for Africa and Europe”. The year 2020 is of particular relevance with the EU-AU Summit expected to take place in October, the first ever Research Ministerial planned between the EU and the AU and the publication of the EU’s ‘comprehensive strategy for Africa’, with strong support to developing the knowledge economy in Africa. Start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs play a key role in professionalising, innovating and internationalising. Connecting innovation ecosystems will benefit these parties as it allows access to new networks, resources and innovative impulses. As the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership welcomes more partners to join, the network is steadily growing.
The public session will be held on 23 June will feature a diverse set of speakers. Representatives from the European Commission, including Riina Kionka EU ambassador to the Republic of South Africa, Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Mr Daan Du Toit from the South African Department for SI, as well as Dr. Mahama Ouedraogo from the African Union, will highlight the importance of the AEIP and present upcoming opportunities that could further strengthen the partnership. Anyone interested to learn more about the possibilities is welcome to join us at the policy forum the 23rd of June.
EU-Balkans: Zagreb Declaration
In these unprecedented times, the European Union reiterated once again its explicit support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans at the virtual Zagreb Summit on 6 May 2020. Its main outcome, the Zagreb Declaration, agreed by the Heads of State and Government from EU Member States and the leaders of the six Western Balkans partners - Albania, Bosnia, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo, confirmed the EU support to the Western Balkans and its commitment to actively support their efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak, its impacts on societies and economies and the post-pandemic recovery. To that end, the EU has mobilised a package of over EUR 3.3 billion, including 750 million EUR of Macro-Financial Assistance, and a 1.7billion EUR package of assistance from the European Investment Bank.
Eastern Partnership leaders' video conference, 18 June 2020
On the occasion of the Eastern Partnership leaders' meeting which took place via video conference, EU leaders discussed with their six Eastern partners — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine — the response to COVID-19, the consequences of the crisis, the strategic partnership and its future. Leaders stressed the importance of solidarity at the time of the COVID-19 crisis, including the EU's substantial support to address the impact of the outbreak in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) region.
Albania and North Macedonia on the Road to EU Membership
In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, the European Commission welcomed the Council's decision to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.
EU-Canada Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee met via video conference
The meeting of the EU-Canada Joint Science and Technology Committee took place on 18 June 2020 via video conference. It was co-chaired by Ms Maria Cristina Russo, R&I Director for International Cooperation and Mr Emmanuel Kamarianakis, Director General for Investment, Innovation and Education - Global Affairs – Government of Canada.
In their introductory remarks, both sides highlighted the continuously good level of cooperation between the EU and Canada in research and innovation. They took stock of Canada’s participation in Horizon 2020 with Canadian organisations participating more than 360 times in 305 projects.
The meeting covered discussions on the state of play and new developments, such as the New Frontiers in Research Fund with its international stream, and the recently launched co-funding mechanism.
The excellent R&I cooperation between the EU and Canada was further emphasised in the difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic. Canada has been an excellent partner actively involved in the success of many initiatives combatting COVID-19 pandemic like the recent pledging conference that aimed to ensure significant funding for the collaborative development and universal deployment of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines against coronavirus. Canada’s involvement was also highly appreciated in the matchmaking event organised by DG R&I on 10 June 2020. Both sides also highlight the support for initiatives on data sharing for all COVID-19-related funded research at the global level.
Both parties agreed on positioning Health, Green Deal, Climate Change, Digital Agenda, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum at the centre of an enhanced R&I strategic cooperation between EU and Canada. Specific thematic areas for future cooperation have been identified in the field of healthy oceans and seas, fisheries and oceans, agriculture, bioeconomy, advanced manufacturing, aviation, combatting COVID-19 pandemic and research on cancer.
EU - AU High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) - Plenary on science, technology and innovation with focus on COVID-19
Research and Innovation in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is essential and collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) in this domain is key. That is what this meeting, co-chaired by Ms Maria Cristina Russo, R&I Director for International Cooperation, and Dr James Kagiwa, chair of the AU Specialised Technical Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Uganda, confirmed very clearly.
The senior officials of Research Ministries in the EU and the AU agreed that the priority is to address the COVID-19 crisis in the short-term and focus the cooperation on mobilising and guiding investments, and focusing delivery towards equitable access for new COVID-19 testing and diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. A lot of investment has already gone into the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership that recently redirected its scope to include COVID-19 and launched three expressions of interest that led to a very high number of excellent proposals.
The senior officials furthermore agreed that special attention must be given to the role that R&I should play in the green recovery of the crisis, as socio-economic impacts are expected to be even more devastating, especially in Africa. The main three R&I Partnerships were discussed on (i) Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA), (ii) Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (CCSE) and (iii) Innovation (AEIP) as well as the essential cross-cutting issues that require cooperation, such as open science, gender, human capital development and science advise for policy.
In the key addresses, Mr Ranieri Sabatucci, EU Ambassador to the African Union and Mr Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology of South Africa as AU Presidency Chairperson of the African Union highlighted the importance of Science in the EU Strategy for Africa and overviewed the common activities linked to COVID-19.
This meeting is the start of a sequence of high level meetings on research and innovation between the EU and the AU, in view of preparing an EU-AU Ministerial meeting for Research Ministers (16 July) and culminating in the EU-AU Summit at the end of October 2020.
EU-Russia Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee met via video conference
The meeting, co-chaired by Maria Cristina Russo, R&I Director for International Cooperation, and Mikhail Romanovsky, Director of the State Scientific and Technological Policy Department of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, highlighted the good level of cooperation between the EU and Russia in research and innovation, and focused on reviewing the implementation of flagship initiatives and joint priority projects, in particular in the fields of research infrastructure, health and civil aeronautics.
The participants were addressed by R&I DG Jean-Eric Paquet, Natalya Bocharova, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, and Markus Ederer, EU Ambassador to the Russian Federation. DG Paquet stressed that, with a view to such truly global challenges as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, rarely has there been a moment in our lives in which our societies expect so much from science. He noted how important it was for science to inform the policy responses to global challenges and for science to be open and international.
The participants also discussed other areas of common interest, including COVID-19. They agreed to jointly develop an operational orientation document outlining possible cooperation priorities and instruments that could facilitate cooperation under the future Horizon Europe and the Russian State Programme ‘Scientific and Technological Development of the Russian Federation’.
EU and Japan sign Letter of Intent to strengthen cooperation in science, technology and innovation
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Naokazu Takemoto, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, agreed to step up EU-Japan cooperation in the context of the Japan-EU Leaders Videoconference Meeting. They signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen cooperation in science, technology and innovation, and to enhance the synergies between the next EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, and Moonshot, Japan’s research and development programme.
European and Japanese researchers and innovators will be able to cooperate more easily on global challenges such as health, climate change, digital transition and ageing societies, and to coordinate their efforts in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, including through open access to research data and results.
EIB signs collaboration with Israel Innovation Authority and €50 million financing agreement with Pluristem to develop therapies for COVID-19
On 30 April 2020 the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) signed a cooperation agreement (MoU) to jointly pursue investment opportunities in the domain of bio-convergence in health. The agreement reinforces the European- Israeli cooperation in research and innovation at a critical time when the COVID19 pandemic affects all societies worldwide.
EU and Africa step up research cooperation to combat coronavirus outbreak
The European Union is stepping up its research and innovation cooperation with Africa in order to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is launching calls for expressions of interest to support research on the coronavirus and strengthen research capacities in sub-Saharan Africa. Three calls in total will be funded with up to €28 million from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.
The first call, with a budget of €2.25 million from Horizon 2020, with additional €1.5 million from Sweden and €1.0 from France has been launched on 3 April. It will fund research into coronavirus pandemic preparedness in sub-Saharan Africa, to develop point-of-care diagnostics and validate existing tests. They will also support clinical management by running controlled trials for diagnostics and therapeutics of promising agents.
Eastern Partnership: Commission proposes new policy objectives for beyond 2020
Today, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have put forward a proposal for the long-term policy objectives of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020. These aim at increasing trade, strengthening connectivity and deepening economic integration with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, strengthening democratic institutions, the rule of law, environmental and climate resilience, supporting the digital transformation, and promoting fair and inclusive societies.
The proposal for a Communication “Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020, Reinforcing Resilience - an Eastern Partnership that delivers for all” outlines how to address common challenges and how the EU will work together with the partner countries in different policy areas in the future with a view to achieving the twin ecological and digital transformation. Based on the results of a consultation launched in 2019, it defines the new long-term policy objectives beyond 2020 and sets out the measures that aim to strengthen resilience, foster sustainable development and deliver tangible results for society in all partner countries.
A New Horizon opens up for research and innovation cooperation with New Zealand
Jean-Eric Paquet (Director General, DG RTD) and Megan Woods (NZ Minister for Research, Science and Innovation/Energy and Resources)
In July 2019, RTD Director General Jean-Eric Paquet visited New Zealand. In this occasion he co-chaired the 5th EU-NZ Joint Committee meeting on Science and Technological Cooperation (Joint Communiqué), and met Megan Woods (NZ Minister for Research, Science and Innovation/Energy and Resources), as well as several important interlocutors, such as the University of Auckland, the Maurice Wilkins Centre at the School of Biological Sciences, the Auckland Bio-Engineering Institute, Callaghan Innovation, and NZ Tech.
Researching innovative opportunities with Australia
Jean-Eric Paquet (Director General, DG RTD), Jane Urquhart (Acting Deputy Secretary at the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science), Carmela Cutugno (DG RTD); Alex Cook (Counsellor for Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Mission to the EU)
In July 2019, RTD Director General Jean-Eric Paquet visited Australia. In this occasion he co-chaired the 15th EU-Australia Joint Committee meeting on Science and Technological Cooperation (Joint Communiqué), and met with Karen Andrews (Australian Minister for Industry, Science and Technology), Simon Birmingham (Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment), and Dr Alan Finkel (Chief Scientist of Australia).
The Director General had exchanges with the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), with whom DG RTD had signed two Implementing Arrangements in order to provide more opportunities for Australian researchers to team up with European research teams.
The visit included a number of other meetings, such as the round-tables with senior academics and administrators at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), and a public event organized by EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) at Monash University. It also offered the opportunity to visit several centres showing Australian excellence in R&I, such as the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne, and the Microscopy Australia and the Quantum computing facilities in Sydney.
EU Ambassador Markus Ederer and Heads of EU Member States Diplomatic Missions visited 'Kurchatov Institute' Research Centre
The programme of the visit included a tour of the research, scientific and technological facilities of the Centre, such as the Tokamak-15MD thermonuclear facility currently under construction. It also included several resource centres of the Kurchatov Complex of NBICS, centre of nano- bio-, info-, cognitive and socio-humanistic sciences and technologies, Nature - Like Technologies, the Kurchatov Synchrotron Neutron Research Complex, and others.
INNOWWIDE launches second call for applications
The INNOWWIDE 2nd Call for applications for the VAPs, Viability Assessment Projects, opened on 15 January. The budget available for the 2nd call is €4.2M, to be divided approximately one third per target country group. You will be able to submit your application until 31 March.
The 5th EU-Korea research and innovation day
On 30 October, the 5th EU-Korea research and innovation day successfully took place at the Millennium Hilton Seoul Hotel in Seoul, Korea, with more than 350 participants. The event was co-organised by the EU Delegation to the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) with a full one-day programme. Supported by the embassies of the Member States to Korea, the event intensively showed Europe's excellence in science, its capacity and opportunities.
7th meeting of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Panel on Research and Innovation
On Friday 13 December the 7th meeting of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Panel on Research and Innovation (EaP Panel on R&I) took place at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brussels. The meeting was chaired by Anne HAGLUND-MORRISSEY, acting Head of Unit, Horizon Europe Association unit (DG R&I 0.5), on behalf of the European Commission (EC), DG Research and Innovation (DG R&I). There were around 50 participants from all the 6 EaP countries, including representatives from Governmental institutions, academia and civil society. A number of services across the Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) were involved to deliver presentations, promote initiatives, and increase awareness on EU instruments that support cooperation and growth across the region.
It was concluded that in order to strengthen the participation of EaP countries in Horizon 2020, it is particularly important for them to continue to build up and strengthen the capacity to apply to Horizon 2020 calls for proposals, progress on the agenda to reform and modernise their national R&I systems, invest more in R&I, and increase the regional dimension and prioritisation at local level through Smart Specialisation and technology transfers. The need for defining smart specialisation strategies was notably indicated as critical in the different peer-reviews already conducted (Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia), either through the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (PSF) or other frameworks such as the INCONET EaP. The need to increase the competitiveness of the national research systems was mentioned as a key element hampering to reap the full potential of the R&I capacity across the Eastern Partnership. Additional funds to support research are equally critical as part of this modernisation process.
Journées Tuniso-Européennes de la Science et de l'Innovation (TESI)
Ms Ratso giving the key note speech
Journées Tuniso-Européennes de la Science et de l'Innovation" (TESI) took place in Tunis on 9th and 10th September 2019. TESI was an event organized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRS) of the Republic of Tunisia, the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (DG RTD) and the Delegation of the European Union (DUE) in Tunisia to take stock of Tunisian-European research and innovation (R&I) cooperation and to explore future developments.
Around 500 participants attended the event. The conference hosts were Dr. Slim Khalbous, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research of Republic of Tunisia and the EU Ambassador to Tunisia, His Excellency Mr. Patrice Bergamini.
Deputy Director General for Open Innovation & Chief Negociator for Horizon Europe Association Ms Signe Ratso attended the conference while delivering the key note speech and a presentation on “The role of research and innovation in the European Union policies”. The Policy Support Facility final report on Tunisia and the EIC roadshow were key parts of the agenda of the conference.
1st EU-Armenia Joint Research and Innovation Committee Meeting
Ms Anne Haglund-Morrissey, 4th from the left, and next to her Ms Arevik Anapiosyan co-chaired the meeting
The 1st EU-Armenia Joint Research and Innovation Committee meeting under the Armenian Horizon 2020 Association Agreement took place on 21 November in Brussels. The meeting was co-chaired by Ms Anne Haglund-Morrissey, Acting Head of Unit, Horizon Europe Association Unit (R&I 05), DG Research and Innovation (European Commission), and Ms Arevik Anapiosyan, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Armenia.
The topics discussed included:
- Overview of the association of Armenia to Horizon 2020
- Support to the Horizon 2020 Association: Armenia national measures and EU support
- Update on the implementation of National Support Measures, and planned steps forward
- Review under the Association Agreement of Armenia to Horizon 2020
- Horizon Europe proposal
Armenia is associated to Horizon 2020 since November 2016.
Preparing the joint EU-China roadmap for R&I cooperation
DG RTD Director for International Cooperation, Maria Cristina Russo, and Deputy Director General Zhao from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, International Department
Director of International Cooperation, Maria Cristina Russo, and Deputy Director General Zhao from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, International Department to discuss the way forward for the preparation of the joint EU-China roadmap for R&I cooperation.
Discussion were held on how to reach a level playing field in R&I cooperation between China and the EU. Exchanges also included the importance of climate change, and SDGs in general in the bilateral cooperation, and how the Roadmap could serve as a support to the Green Deal.
The 5th Joint Committee Meeting on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the EU and Japan
At the centre from the left: Ambassador Takeshi Nakane, Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for DG RTD and Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation in DG RTD
Research and Innovation are among the key areas of cooperation between the European Union and Japan. Over the years a number of excellent projects have been carried out under the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme with the support of Japanese Ministries and Research Funding Agencies in the areas of renewable energy, disaster risk reduction, power electronics, arctic research, health, space, etc. The European Commission and the Government of Japan are seeking to enhance this cooperation at a time of increasing global challenges.
The conditions to cooperate more closely are very favourable with the 6th Science and Technology Basic Plan and the "Moonshot" Research and Development Programme in Japan and the next EU Research & Innovation Framework Programme "Horizon Europe" being currently under the preparation. During the 5th Joint Committee Meeting the EU and Japan decided to work on concrete steps to strengthen the collaboration in view of the EU – Japan Summit 2020. They expressed their commitment to bring the level of the collaboration between Japan and EU closer to its potential that characterises the world's leading research and innovation powerhouses.
5th Science Forum South Africa
From left to right Konanani Rashamuse, Patrick Child, Ben Durham, Triona McCormack and Mohohlo Molatudi
The 2019 Science Forum South Africa took place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, on 4-6 December 2019. The topic of exchanges this year was Igniting Conversations About Science For Innovation With Impact.
Deputy Director General for Research and Innovation Patrick Child spoke at the Forum’s Opening Session, following the speech of Dr. Blade Nzimande, South African Minister of Higher Education, Training, Science and Technology.
In his statement, DDG Patrick Child delivered 3 main messages: local innovation is a crucial driver of economic development and social prosperity everywhere in the world; public intervention in R&D are needed, also to back up risky investments to disruptive innovation; the European Union is stepping up its cooperation on innovation with Africa.
DDG P. Child presented the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership, recently launched by DG Research and Innovation, and acknowledged the EU is proud to support South Africa's National System of Innovation through a budget support allocation amounting 15 MEUR.
Finally, the importance of enhancing further the long-standing successful cooperation in science and innovation between the EU and South Africa was stressed.
Strengthening Collaboration in Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Region
Ms. Maria Cristina Russo, 5th from the right, and Mr. Khaled El-Shuraydeh, 5th from the leftwith the rest of the participants
Group of Senior Officials (GSO) on Research and Innovation took place in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting was co-chaired by Ms Maria Cristina Russo, the Director for International Cooperation of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, together with the Secretary-General of the Higher Council for Science & Technology of Jordan, Dr Khaled El-Shuraydeh. The meeting took place under the auspices of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and gathered participants from the EU Member States, the EU institutions and countries from both shores of the Mediterranean.
The objective of the meeting was to take stock of progress achieved since the signing of the Ministerial Valetta Declaration on Strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through Research and Innovation (May 2017). Notably, according to the three pillars of the Valetta Declaration on the BLUEMED initiative, the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), and Migration-related research. Looking to the future, the countries agreed to a set of conclusions emphasising the need to revitalise the GSO Secretariat together with the UfM in order to prepare for a strategic discussion to take place at the next GSO meeting in early 2020 and to ensure follow-up including the possibility of setting up a Working Group on Research and Innovation.
The Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership as Emerging Valley
In the framework of the Emerging Valley in Marseille (3-6 December), tech hubs and technology transfer actors from Europe and Africa are getting together for the second Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership event.
The European Commission launched the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership in September in Nairobi (Kenya). Through several co-creation activities and networking sessions, this initiative connects tech hubs (incubators, accelerators, design labs) and other key innovation stakeholders from both African and European countries and supports them in launching partnerships and developing intercontinental collaboration. The Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership is also exploring models for technology exchange as well as organising capacity-upgrading sessions on cooperation with technology transfer offices, access to finance and EU funding, co-creation and design thinking and more. Moreover, tech hubs are being encouraged to engage in staff and start-up exchange.
The event in Marseille will aim at creating a community of practice in the field of technology exchange to link African and European actors in the field of technology exchange, transfer and pooling, and at supporting the development of sustainable business models for African tech hubs through capacity upgrading and exchange of practices
The sessions will be a mix of activities including workshops, exchange of best practices, networking sessions, capacity upgrading sessions.
This event will bring together around 20 tech hubs from all over Africa and around 15 tech transfer organisations and high-level experts in technology transfer networks from Africa and Europe. Various platforms that link African and European innovation actors will also be present.
The Emerging Valley event is organised by Samir Abdelkrim, an expert of the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership Board of Advisors and professional journalist. This event links innovation-related stakeholders from Europe and Africa: in 2018, it had gathered more than 100 Tech4Good African startups, 40 investors and 35 African tech hubs. In 2019, Emerging Valley is partnering with the French Development Agency and the European Commission to expand the scope of the event and its impact by increasing synergies between different programmes. Key network partners of this initiative include Afrilabs, EBN, CCHUB, Emerging Valley, Next Society and VC4Africa.
A new chapter in EU-LAC cooperation
On 21-22 November the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean came together to strengthen the dialogue on innovation cooperation. In the framework of the EU-LAC Communication, the 'EU-LAC Innovation Cooperation Conference' brought together stakeholders, decision makers, funding agencies and innovation actors from both sides of the Atlantic, in an effort to outline our common path forward in building a truly common research area between the two regions.
The conference provided an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas on how to create the right framework conditions for innovation cooperation, taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by Horizon 2020 and by the future Horizon Europe.
The EU and LAC regions jointly represent more than sixty countries. We share important parts of our history and strong societal and economic links. Our future lies in a true partnership, mobilizing the tremendous potential of more than 1 billion citizens. Innovation cooperation will be one of the key areas that will help us face the future challenges together!
Showcasing the AU-EU research and innovation success story in Addis Ababa
Photo of the participants
The African Union-European Union High-Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) held its 5th Senior Officials’ meeting on the 7-8th November in Addis Ababa, Headquarter of the African Union Commission. The Senior Officials Meeting was preceded by a stakeholder meeting on 06 November 2019, attended by scientists and the research communities, with discussions of the current joint research activities and future opportunities.
The HLPD Senior Officials acknowledged the crucial importance of our dialogue to both increase awareness about our STI respective policies and identify long-term joint priorities to strengthen Africa-EU STI cooperation in the future.
Senior Officials recognised the important progress made by the Food, Nutrition, Security and Sustainable Agriculture Partnership, under which more than 50 projects with a total funding of more than EUR 179 million were launched so far. Senior Officials called for further commitments on both sides to enhance the implementation of the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Partnership, and adopted a third Partnership to strengthen innovation cooperation between the EU and Africa.
Overall, the meeting was very well attended by AU and EU Member States, and deliberations took place in a very harmonious, collaborative and constructive atmosphere, which facilitated a very positive and forward looking outcome. Senior Officials welcomed the new opportunities for STI cooperation within the AU Agenda 2063, the new Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs, the future Framework Programme Horizon Europe, and took note of the priorities highlighted by the European Commission President-elect on the European Green Deal and on Africa.
24th EU/Euratom-Switzerland Joint Research Committee
Carlos Morais Pirez, Carles Dedeu Fontcuberta, Maryline Maillard, Peter Brönnimann, Tomasz Sliwinski, Signe Ratso, Daniel Michel, Philipp Langer, Mascha Zurbriggen, Anne Haglund-Morrissey, Melanie Golliard, Adam Gutkind, Wendelin Federer, Xavier Reymond
On 16 October 2019, the EU/Euratom-Switzerland Joint Research Committee meeting was held at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano; the fifth meeting under Horizon 2020. The meeting was co-chaired by Deputy Director-General Signe Ratso, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission) and by Deputy Director-General Philipp Langer, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).
The following points were addressed:
- Switzerland's level of participation in Horizon 2020, which shows that Switzerland is the most active non-EU country, both in terms of participations and EU budget contribution, and has a very high success rate
- Switzerland's very active participation in the research and training programme of Euratom where their association continues in 2019-2020
- Progress made in relation to the ITER project and Fusion for Energy activities, where Switzerland is a key player
In addition, information was provided on Research Infrastructures (RIs), including an update of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), the 2019 Swiss Roadmap for RIs, and the participation of third countries in European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERICs). Other topics discussed included initiatives in the digital domain such as High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence on the EU side and the Swiss involvement in Horizon 2020 satellite initiatives. The European Commission’s proposal for the next EU framework programme for research and innovation – Horizon Europe (2021-2027) – and the Digital Europe Programme (2021-2017) were also addressed.
2nd EU-Faroe Islands Joint Research and Innovation Committee under Horizon 2020
Anna Elisabeth Vidtfeldt, Elin Mortensen, Annika Sølvará, Kristianna Sjóvará, Anne Haglund-Morrissey, Poul Geert Hansen, Siv Jacobsen, Olga Kopiczko, and Gabor Peto
On 27 September 2019, the 2nd EU-Faroes Joint Research and Innovation Committee meeting - under the agreement associating the Faroe Islands to Horizon 2020 - was held in Brussels. The meeting was co-chaired by Anne Haglund-Morrissey, Acting Head of Unit, RTD 05 Horizon Europe Association, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission), and by Poul Geert Hansen, Permanent Secretary, Faroese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Culture.
The following points were addressed:
- an update was provided on Horizon Europe - the next EU research and innovation (R&I) framework programme - including its proposed extended association policy;
- new promising developments in the Faroese research and innovation landscape were presented; and
- the Faroese level of participation in Horizon 2020 was discussed. It shows that despite the limited size of the population, Faroese entities are very active in Horizon 2020 (with a higher number of project participations compared to FP7) and have the highest proposal success rate among all EU Member States and Associated Countries. Still, there is scope for increased involvement of Faroese R&I entities in the actions of the programme.
The European Commission will launch the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership on 12-13 of September 2019 in Nairobi
Africa and Europe have a long-standing political partnership and are increasingly enhancing their collaboration. The strong importance of the Africa-Europe relations was clearly highlighted in the 'Africa–Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs' launched by the European Commission exactly one year ago. This is put at the core of the Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership, which can highly contribute to sustainable investment, development and job creation by promoting and supporting the emerging of new economic actors.
EU-RUSSIA Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee Meeting
The participants of the meeting
The Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meeting was held in Brussels on 25 June 2019. The meeting was chaired by Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and Mr Mikhail Romanovsky, Director for State Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
The Committee took stock of the latest developments in the cooperation initiatives of the EU and Russia in the area of research and innovation, in particular the current state of play of the flagship initiatives on research infrastructures, aeronautics and health, and on future opportunities for cooperation.
EU and Argentina to cooperate on Open Science
On 7 June 2019, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT) under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of Argentina hosted the 11th Joint Steering Committee on cooperation on science and technology between the European Union and Argentina in Buenos Aires. This occasion marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the EU-Argentina Science and Technology Agreement, which has formed the basis of strong, effective and strategic cooperation between the two regions. Mr Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of the Ministry of Education and, Culture, Science and Technology of Argentina and Ms. Aude Maio-Coliche, EU Head of Delegation in Argentina opened the meeting. It was co-chaired by Mariano Jordan, Director for international cooperation at MINCyT and Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.
Both parties agreed to continue developing common principles and the framework conditions needed to create a level playing field for Argentina and the European Union to cooperate in research and innovation based on trust. Underlining the commitment to pursue common approaches to research and innovation and in particular to Open Access, Argentina will join Coalition S, the global coalition promoting open access to scientific results. Argentina expressed its interest in promoting a regional initiative on this topic among the countries from Latin America and the Caribbean.
The major developments in research and innovation policies and programmes since the last Joint Steering Committee meeting were presented. In addition, both delegations exchanged views on and agreed to step up cooperation on the bioeconomy, marine research and health research, among other activities.
At the end of the meeting, the co-chairs underlined the importance of EU-Argentina relations in science and technology to promote research excellence, increase the competitiveness of their industries and address common and global societal challenges.More information
First call for proposals published for 2019 under the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation
On 23 April 2019, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) published the first call for proposals for year 2019 under the EU-China Co-funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation (CFM), as part of the "Key Project on Intergovernmental International Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Cooperation/STI Cooperation with Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan" of China's National Key R&D Programme (NKP).
The call seeks applications by China-based full participants in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018 or 2019 proposals addressing nine broad priority areas as well as the flagship initiative on food, agriculture and biotechnology. CNY60 million will be allocated to support around 20 projects for the nine priority areas, while CNY40 million will be allocated to support 2 to 3 projects for the flagship initiative on food, agriculture and biotechnology. Applications will be submitted in two stages including pre-applications and full applications. The deadline for submission of pre-applications is 12 June 2019. Please visit the MOST website for details of the application guidelines.More information
Commissioner Moedas meets Japanese Science Minister Takuya Hirai
Commissioner Carlos Moedas with Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Takuya Hirai
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, met today Takuya Hirai, the Japanese Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy. The latest developments in respective research and innovation policies present new opportunities to continue strengthening EU-Japan cooperation.More information
EU – Brazil renewed cooperation on research and innovation
The delegations at the 9th EU – Brazil Joint Steering Committee meeting
The ninth meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of the "EU-Brazil Cooperation Agreement on Science and Technology" took place in Brasília, on 30 April 2019. The Brazilian delegation was led by ambassador Achilles Zaluar, Director of the Department for Technology Promotion of the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs and counted with presence of the Brazilian Ministry for Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC), as well as other Brazilian Ministries and agencies. The EU delegation was led by Ms Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission. Several representatives from the European Commission participated at the meeting, including via a video-conference connection.
During the meeting, it was acknowledged that the EU Research &Innovation (R&I) Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, has been a central vehicle for cooperation and its successor, Horizon Europe, which will start in 2021, was welcomed. In this sence, the flagship initiatives published in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 targeting cooperation with Brazil were positively acknowledged also in view of engaging and better preparing for a robust collaboration under Horizon Europe.
Both sides agreed to continue to join forces to tackle global challenges, increase the impact of research and promote new breakthroughs in the following key areas: agriculture and sustainable food; information and communications technologies; oceans; water resources; aviation; science with and for society; energy; innovation and startups; smart specialization; sustainable urbanization; health and mobility. The two sides also shared perspectives on new areas of cooperation, such as: research infrastructures; science education; artificial intelligence, data science, big data, and high performance computing; greenhouse gas inventory; nanosafety, Open Science and Evidence-based policy-making.
EU-South Africa Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee
The European Commission, DG Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) met in Brussels on 12 April 2019 for the 16th meeting of the Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC). The meeting was co-chaired by the two Directors-General, Jean-Eric Paquet and Phil Mjwara.More information
4th High Level EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue
Photo from the ICD. At the centre, from left to right: Commissioner Carlos Moedas, Premier Li Keqiang, President Jean-Claude Juncker, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang
The meeting took place in Brussels together with the 21st EU-China Summit and was co-chaired by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Wang Zhigang, Chinese Minister of Science and Technology.
The launch of a joint roadmap for future cooperation in research and innovation was one of the main outcomes of the meeting, which also discussed framework conditions for cooperation, including: access to research and innovation programmes; open access to scientific publications and research data; standardisation; research ethics and integrity; policies to support SME’s innovation; and intellectual property protection and enforcement in stimulating innovation.
The sides also confirmed their agreement to proceed with the tacit renewal of the Science and Technology Agreement (in place since 1998) for another 5-year period.More information
INNOWWIDE - New funding for European innovative SMEs in international markets
European SMEs with an internationalisation perspective may be interested in the new INNOWWIDE project (www.innowwide.eu) that started on 1 January 2019. SMEs are funded to validate the feasibility of their innovative solutions for markets outside Europe through working together with an international SME. The project consortium will launch two open calls for international innovation players.
The projects financed through these calls will increase the evidence base for the EU’s international research and innovation policy through the practical experience of the financed ‘viability assessment projects (VAPs)’. The SMEs benefitting from these calls must already have a clear picture of their products, potential markets and clients. Eligible costs are funded up to 70% with a fixed grant of €60 000.More information
Conference on The Middle East and the EU: New Realities, New Policies
F. Mogherini and J. Verbeke at the meeting
Two collaborative projects, funded under Horizon 2020, MENARA and MedReset organised the conference in Brussels. The agenda fostered a debate among the expert and policy communities on the present and the future of the Middle East and North Africa, and in particular on the EU’s role towards this region.
The event included a keynote speech by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the EU Commission Federica Mogherini, introduced by Ambassador Marc Otte. HRVP Mogherini noted that “when scientists, academics, think-tankers and researchers of our region work together, it is a contribution to building a more cooperative and peaceful region (…), a more cooperative regional dynamic”.
MENARA stands for Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture. It is also the Arabic word for lighthouse, evoking the project’s aim to shedslight on the emerging regional order and geopolitical shifts in the region amid increasingly volatile and uncertain times. MedReset is a consortium of research and academic institutions from different disciplines from the Mediterranean region to develop alternative visions for a new Mediterranean partnership and corresponding EU policies.More information
Partners in Science: The EU at AAAS
Discover the scope of EU and US cooperation and the role of EU in science in a podcast with Jean-Eric Paquet, recorded in the margins of the annual meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC, last week.
Europe and the United States are two major powerhouses when it comes to research and innovation.
Discover the scope of our cooperation and the role of the EU in science in this podcast conversation between Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, and Senior Communications Officer Martin Caudron.
This episode was recorded in the margins of the annual meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC (14-17 February 2019).
The AAAS annual meeting is among the world's largest and most prestigious general scientific events, gathering thousands of international scientists, policy makers and science journalists. The programme typically includes keynote speeches, scientific symposia, an exhibition, and press briefings on recent scientific discoveries.
This year's event focused on "Science without boundaries", and the European Commission was organising a number of scientific symposia and a career development workshop.More information
Algeria - EU cooperation in Science and Technology
Participants of the meeting
A week of bilateral meetings was held in Algiers between 18 and 21 February 2018 in the context of the Algeria-EU Association Agreement in force since 2005.
The week was kicked off on 18 February with two meetings where R&I played a central part. The 6th meeting of the Sub-committee on the Information Society, Research, Innovation Education, Audiovisual and Culture took place in the morning, chaired by Ali Mokrani, the director of cooperation with EU at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and John O’Rourke, the EU Ambassador to Algeria. Algerian participation under Horizon 2020 and related initiatives (PRIMA, BLUEMED) as well as the priorities for R&I cooperation under Horizon Europe were part of the discussions.
The afternoon was dedicated to the 4th meeting of the Algeria - EU Joint Science & Technology Coordination Committee (JSTCC). Here, representatives of the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and of DG RTD exchanged views on the further implementation of the bilateral S&T agreement, in particular as it concerns supporting the optimum exploitation of the results of research and development. Other meetings were held during the week in the fields of justice, human rights, mobility and migration.
The R&I dialogue between policymakers was complemented by a technical training on participation to Horizon 2020. A two-day seminar organised by DG RTD in collaboration with the Agence thématique de recherche en sciences et technologie (ATRST) on 19 and 20 February provided around 120 Algerian researchers and innovators the tools for integrating Euro-Mediterranean consortia and engaging in mobility actions.More information
EU - India to jointly fund seven research and innovation projects to the tune of EUR 40 million to tackle urgent water challenges
The Delegation of the European Union to India, the Department of Science & Technology and the Department of Biotechnology presented the seven projects that have been selected under the EU - India Joint Call on Research and Innovation for Water. The selected projects will develop new and/or adapt the most suitable existing innovative and affordable solutions for Indian conditions, both in urban and rural areas, thus providing some key solutions to the urgent water challenges.More information
‘Practice and Prepare!' – Commissioner Carlos Moedas shares advice with future generations of Cabo Verdean researchers
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, together with the EU Delegation in Cabo Verde, organised a major Horizon 2020 training event on Wednesday 21 November 2018 in Praia, which brought together local researchers and scientists who will be shaping the future of research cooperation between the EU and Cabo Verde. The event was the first in a week dedicated to marine research and innovation cooperation, including the signature of the so-called ‘Mindelo Arrangement’. The training day was the third in a series of successful EU-Cabo Verde Horizon 2020 events, the first two having taken place earlier in the year. It also supplements EU-Cabo Verde cooperation across a number of policy areas, such as sustainable fishing and the Africa-Europe alliance for sustainable investment and jobs.More information
14th EU-China Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation and side events
Director General for DG RTD Mr Jean-Eric Paquet and Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology Mr Zhang Jianguo, with the China and EU Delegates
The 14th meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of the EU-China Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation took place in Beijing on 13 December 2018 under the co-chairmanship of European Commission Director General for Research and Innovation Mr Jean-Eric Paquet and Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology Mr Zhang Jianguo. The two parties went through framework conditions for cooperation, the implementation of the Co-Funding Mechanism (CFM), and thematic areas including aviation, Food, Agriculture and Biotechnologies (FAB), biotechnologies and biomaterials, environment, sustainable urbanisation and Mission Innovation. Topics of potential future collaboration were also raised such as water, artificial intelligence (in particular ethical aspects), health, marine, and space. There were also talks on personnel exchange and mobility and an agreement to develop a common cooperation roadmap.More information
Horizon 2020 in Senegal
On 30 November 2018 the European Commission and the EU Delegation to Senegal organised a Horizon 2020 information session and training in Dakar. The event was opened by the Minister for Higher Education and Research, Professor Mary Teuw Niane, and brought together over 120 representatives of the scientific, humanitarian and entrepreneurial community of the country. The participants were informed about the current and forthcoming calls under Horizon 2020 - Work Programme 2018-2020 targeting Africa, as well as about other cooperation opportunities in the context of the European Innovation Council Horizon Prize on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid.More information
Multi-annual roadmaps for research and innovation cooperation with partner countries and regions: 2018 updates
The updated versions of the multi-annual roadmaps for cooperation in research and innovation with key partner countries and regions are now published.
The multi-annual roadmaps implement the EU strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation, laying out the current state of play and future areas for cooperation with twelve key partner countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and United States) and six regions (Enlargement countries, Eastern Partnership, Southern Neighbourhood, ASEAN, African Union and CELAC).
The updates concern developments in the EU's cooperation with these countries over the last 12 months, including the outcomes of the EU's regular science and technology cooperation dialogues and the first results of the implementation of the international cooperation flagships of Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020.More information
EU–Japan high level meeting on research and innovation cooperation
From left to right: Mr Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of RIKEN; Mr Yoshio Yamawaki, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science and Technology (MEXT), Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Director-General Jean-Eric Paquet
On 29 November 2018, Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation, met with Yoshio Yamawaki, Japanese Deputy Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and Hiroshi Matsumoto, President of RIKEN (Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research). They exchanged information on new science, technology and innovation policies in Europe and in Japan, and discussed closer cooperation in view of the next European Union framework programme for research and innovation – Horizon Europe - and the next Japanese Science and Technology Basic Plan - both of which will start in 2021.
Twenty-third EU/Euratom-Switzerland Joint Research Committee
Participants at the 23rd EU/Euratom-Switzerland Joint Research Committee
The EU/Euratom-Switzerland Joint Research Committee met in Brussels on 16 November 2018 for its twenty-third meeting, and the fourth since the launch of the EU's research framework programme, Horizon 2020. The meeting was co-chaired by Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, and Philipp Langer, Deputy Director-General of Switzerland's State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).
A number of points relating to research cooperation between Switzerland and the EU were discussed, including Switzerland's active participation in Horizon 2020 and Euratom and proposals for the future of both programmes after 2020. The group also discussed ongoing work with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and Fusion for Energy activities.More information
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Second call for proposals published for 2018 under the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation
On 22 October 2018, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) published the second call for proposals for year 2018 under the EU-China Co-funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation (CFM), as part of the "Key Project on Intergovernmental International Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Cooperation/STI Cooperation with Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan" of China's National Key R&D Programme (NKP). The call seeks applications by China-based full participants in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018 proposals addressing nine broad priority areas for which around 15 projects are expected to be funded for a total budget of CNY50 million: new generation information network; intelligent and green manufacturing; safe, clean and efficient energy; advanced, effective, safe and convenient health technologies; marine equipment; space; new materials; large research infrastructures; and public security. Applications will be submitted in two stages including pre-applications and full applications. The deadline for submission of pre-applications is 10 December 2018.More information
New call published for funds to support Horizon 2020 participants from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Researchers, enterprises, research institutions and universities from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region can team up with European partners to participate in projects under Horizon 2020 and make best use of Europe's excellent opportunities in research and innovation. In April 2018, the Hong Kong Research Grants Council launched a first round of applications under the European Commission / Research Grants Council Collaboration Scheme for research and innovation 2018/19. The second round of the 2018/19 exercise opened on 19 October 2018. A total budget of HK$ 9 million (circa EUR 1 million) is reserved for the 2018/19 exercise. Both basic and applied research projects of high academic merits will be considered. Hong Kong partners in successful Horizon 2020 projects, who meet the eligibility requirements of the RGC, can apply until 11 January 2019 at 17:00 hours (Hong Kong time). Results will be announced around March 2019 and published on the Research Grants Council homepage.More information
ENRICH in China - Matchmaking Tour
ENRICH in China, the China office of the EU-funded European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs, is organising its next 'Matchmaking Tour' of the country from 11 to 16 November 2018, giving organisations from the EU and Associated Countries the chance to explore business and research opportunities in three of China's most dynamic cities: Suzhou, Wuxi and Shenzhen.
The Matchmaking Tours are open to organisations from EU Member States and Associated Countries with an interest in starting or deepening STI cooperation with China, including start-ups and SMEs, universities, research institutes and STI agencies. These tours offer contact-making opportunities with key Chinese tech-based organisations, visits to leading Chinese Innovators and Soft Landing Zones, as well as free access to the China Hi-Tech Fair in Shenzhen.
Also the ENRICH in China network is organising a series of workshops on 5 December 2018 in Brussels to help scientists and entrepreneurs navigate China's fast-developing Science, Technology and Innovation landscape. For more information, and to register, please visit the ENRICH in China website..More information
New cooperation arrangement signed between the European Commission and the Japan Science and Technology Agency to strengthen researchers cooperation
Head of EU Delegation P Flor, ERC President J-P Bourguignon, DG J-E Paquet, Minister M Shibayama of MEXT and JST President M Hamaguchi
On 7 October, Mr Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, together with Mr Michinari Hamaguchi, President of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), signed a cooperation arrangement promoting researchers' cooperation between Japan and the European Union (EU). The arrangement was signed in the presence of Ms Patricia Flor, Head of the EU Delegation to Japan, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the European Research Council (ERC) and Minister Masahiko Shibayama of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science and Technology (MEXT).
The arrangement will provide opportunities for Japan-based researchers supported by active JST projects to pursue research collaboration with European researchers already supported through active EU-funded ERC grants. Either single and long-term (3-12 months) or multiple short-term research visits are envisaged. The two sides also intend to explore the possibility of attracting and encouraging European researchers to visit Japanese research teams.
The implementing arrangement will be the second such arrangement signed with a Japanese research funding agency. There is already such an arrangement with the agency Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (from 2015).More information
EU-RUSSIA Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee Meeting
Group picture of the Russian and EU representatives
The Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meeting was held in Moscow on 28 September 2018. The meeting was chaired by Ms Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and Mr Mikhail Romanovsky, Director for State Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
The Committee took note of the intention of both the Russian and EU sides to renew their bilateral S&T Cooperation Agreement for another five-year period without modifications. It took stock of the current state of play of the EU-Russia cooperation in Horizon 2020, in particular the flagship initiatives on research infrastructures, aeronautics and health, and on future opportunities for cooperation.
EU-India launches EUR 30 million Joint Call on Research and Innovation to develop Next Generation Influenza Vaccine
The European Union (EU) and India announced that they will engage together on research and innovation to develop a Next Generation Influenza Vaccine to protect citizens worldwide.
In total, EUR 30 million (or approximately INR 240 crs.) has been earmarked for research and innovation actions which aim at advancing the efficacy, safety, duration of immunity, and reactivity against an increased breadth of influenza strains. Both the EU and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India, have committed EUR 15 million each to fund this joint call. The EU is funding this call under its programme for research and innovation 'Horizon 2020'.More information
Registration open for Matchmaking and Innovation Tour to China in September 2018
In the framework of ENRICH in China, a Matchmaking and Innovation Tour to China will be held between 13 to 21 September 2018 in the cities of Tianjin, Beijing and Chengdu.
This mission offers a unique opportunity for European researchers and innovators to establish links with key Chinese tech-based companies.
The Matchmaking and Innovation Tour will begin in Tianjin on 13 September with the B&R International Co-incubation (ICI) Annual Meeting 2018. It will continue to Beijing on 17-18 September, where participants will have the opportunity to visit several certified Soft Landing Zones. On 19-21 September, the delegation will move to Chengdu, where participants will be able to attend the 13th EU-China Business and Technology Cooperation Fair (one of the largest EU-China Trade, Investment and Technology conferences).
Participation is open to organisations (startups, SMEs, business associations, clusters, research institutes, universities, science parks, incubators, accelerators and funding agencies) in the EU Member States and Associated Countries who are interested in initiating or deepening their cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation with China.More information
- Information and registration | Deadline for registration is 2 September 2018.
- ENRICH - European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs, China: Funded by the EC within Horizon 2020, ENRICH provides a comprehensive and diverse range of services to support and facilitate collaboration with China in the areas of research, innovation and business for the European costumers.
Science Ministers from the Western Balkans and Commissioner Carlos Moedas exchange on Research and Innovation
Brussels 25 June saw a full day of exchanges on Research and Innovation between all the Science Ministers from the Western Balkans and Commissioner Carlos Moedas. Research and Innovation are key tools to move towards a knowledge-based society underpinning growth and the creation of jobs.
In today's information age, science and technology is a cross -border endeavour. The value of engaging in EU research programmes cannot be measured by the number of grants alone. The value lies in building networks, accessing information and experience participating in value chains. By strengthening networks, by sharing resources, and by pooling investments the participants of the Ministerial meeting want to develop more and better ideas and improve Europe's competitiveness. The format of the Steering Platform on Research and Innovation has enabled this rich exchange underlining the commitment of the Western Balkans countries to advance research and innovation across the Balkans and together with Europe.
The Ministers provided updates on their policy efforts to promote research and innovation and expressed their support for regional research initiatives. Ministers welcomed the examples of successful Centres of Excellence such as INNOFEIT (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), BIO-ICT (Montenegro) and ANTARES/BioSense (Serbia) as well as good practice examples such as the Corallia Clusters Initiative (Greece) showing how the Western Balkans can enhance excellence in research and innovation.
Picture (right to left): Ammar MIRASCIJA, Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina | Kostadin KOSTADINOV, Ministry of Education and Science, Bulgaria | Sanja DAMJANOVIC, Minister of Science Montenegro | Mladen SARCEVIC, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Serbia | Carlos MOEDAS, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation | Lindita NIKOLLA, Minister of Education and Sports, Albania | Arber ADEMI, Minister of Education and Science, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia | Shyqeri BYTYQI, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Kosovo * | Alen SERANIC, Minister of Science and Technology of Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
New mechanisms to support EU – Brazil cooperation in research and innovation
Professor Mário Neto, Cristina Russo, Commissioner Moedas, Professor Zaira Turchi and Professor Marcos Cintra (left to right) at the Signing ceremony of the Administrative Arrangement
The European Commission, the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, the Brazilian Funding Agency for Studies and Projects and the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies signed today an administrative arrangement on mechanisms to support EU-Brazil cooperation activities in research and innovation.
The administrative arrangement makes it possible for co-funding of Brazilian participation in Horizon 2020 –the EU's framework programme for Research and Innovation–, extending to the entire country the current co-funding that was only available in eight Brazilian States. It also outlines the necessary operational steps for launching coordinated calls and for twinning of projects in areas of common interest.
In force since 2007, the EU and Brazil Science & Technology Agreement has led to intensive collaboration activities in research and innovation with more than 350 common projects. Main areas for cooperation include marine research, information and communication technologies, health, transport and environmental research.
EU and Argentina reinforce cooperation in marine research and innovation
The European Commission and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina signed today an administrative arrangement encouraging cooperation in marine research and innovation to tackle the challenges linked to the Atlantic Ocean, including ocean observation, food security, polar research and climate variability. This arrangement complements the EU's wide-ranging and successful cooperation with Argentina on science and technology and also its long-standing commitment towards Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation.
Preceding the signature of the administrative arrangement, participants to the EU-Argentina Joint Steering Committee, which sets priorities for common work on Research and Innovation, discussed the Argentinian application process to join Mission Innovation– a global initiative of 22 countries and the EU to accelerate global clean energy innovation.
Signature of EU-Morocco PRIMA International Agreement
Today, the European Union and Morocco signed the international agreement on Morocco's participation in the 'Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area' (PRIMA).
The agreement was signed in Brussels by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and by Ambassador Dimiter Tzantchev, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU, on behalf of the EU, and by Mr. Saaïd Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, on behalf of Morocco.
Morocco has been involved in PRIMA since the inception of this initiative, committing to provide €20 million cash and €20 million in-kind for a 10 year period.
PRIMA is supported by Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation framework programme on the basis of Decision (EU) 2017/1324. It is the first public-public partnership under Horizon 2020 enabling participation of non-EU countries that are not associated to the EU research framework programme on an equal footing with Member States and Associated Countries.
With today's agreement, which is provisionally applicable upon signature, all 19 countries that committed to undertake PRIMA are formally Participating States from the very first year of the initiative. The budget of PRIMA is at present €494 million (of which €274 million from Participating States and €220 million from the EU).
9th Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the Bilateral Agreement on Science and Technology between the European Union and the United States of Mexico
Group Photo of the 9th EU - Mexico Joint Steering Committee
The ninth meeting of the EU-Mexico Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological (S&T) Cooperation took place in Mexico City on 22 March 2018. Both parties agreed to continue developing common principles and adequate framework conditions for enhanced cooperation. To this respect , CONACYT-H2020 Co-Funding Mechanism and other forms of support put in place by CONACYT to foster the participation of Mexican entities in Horizon 2020 projects should go forward.
Both sides are committed to reinforcing the links between industry and research and fostering the innovation process to stimulate job creation, economic growth and social welfare. The chairs acknowledged that Horizon 2020 is an important vehicle for EU-Mexico cooperation and underlined the strengthened opportunities for cooperation with Mexican partners in the 2018-2020 work programme.
New call published for 2018 under the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation
On 26 March 2018 the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) published a new call for proposals under the EU-China Co-funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation (CFM). The call seeks applications by China-based partners in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018 proposals. Two groups of Horizon 2020 topics are specifically targeted: 1) topics linked to the joint flagship initiatives on food, agriculture and biotechnologies (FAB), sustainable urbanisation and surface transport, for which 4-5 projects are expected to be funded for a total budget of CNY60 million; and 2) topics addressing nine broad areas of new generation information network; intelligent and green manufacturing; safe, clean and efficient energy; advanced, effective, safe and convenient health technologies; marine equipment; space; new materials; large research infrastructures; and public security. For this second group of topics around 15 projects are expected to be funded for a total budget of CNY50 million. Applications are to be submitted in two stages. The deadline for submission of pre-applications is 15 May 2018.
In the context of two other EU-China flagship initiatives on biotechnologies for health and environment and aviation, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) already published their respective calls on "new biotechnologies for environmental remediation" and "aviation operations impact on climate change". With these three calls, the five EU-China flagship initiatives are now all supported on the Chinese side with co-funding available from MOST, NSFC and MIIT.
14th EU-Canada Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meeting
Participants to the 14th EU-Canada JSTCC meeting in Ottawa
The 14th meeting of the EU-Canada Joint Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) took place in Ottawa on 20 March 2018 under the co-chairmanship of Ms Maria Cristina Russo, European Commission Director of International Cooperation for Research and Innovation, and Ms Nathalie Béchamp, Director-General for Investment and Innovation, Global Affairs Canada. The JSTCC provides a regular opportunity to exchange views on some of the most important joint science and technology endeavours and coordinate, where appropriate, Canadian and European research and innovation efforts for mutual benefit.
The EU-Canada bilateral relationship entered a new era with the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). These two ground-breaking agreements will enhance our economic and political relations, and strengthen cooperation and dialogue across a range of policy areas including research and innovation.
The two sides also acknowledged the importance of the recent research and innovation (R&I) policy developments in Canada and in the European Union. In Europe, the next three years of the Horizon 2020 programme will see an investment of over €30 billion in research and innovation, including €1 billion for international cooperation. In that context, a number of calls for “flagship” projects specifically encourage the participation of Canadian researchers. In Canada, the recent Budget 2018 made an historic investment of $6 billion over five years in science, research and innovation that will support people, the next generation of researchers and scholars. Key elements will provide more opportunities for international cooperation between Canada and the European Union.
Both sides are committed to reinforcing the links between industry and research and fostering the innovation process to stimulate job creation, economic growth and social welfare. The chairs acknowledged that Horizon 2020 is an important vehicle for EU-Canada cooperation and underlined the strengthened opportunities for cooperation with Canadian partners in the 2018-2020 work programme.
The delegations agreed to continue their strong cooperation in key areas like marine, health, aeronautics and agricultural research. In addition, reconciling sustainable management of the fragile Arctic environment with economic interests requires policies and innovative solutions with a firm knowledge base across scientific and geographical boundaries. International cooperation in the Arctic is therefore a priority. These key research areas will be supported by Horizon 2020 over the next three years.
The meeting also confirmed the mobility of Canadian and European researchers as an important area to develop further. There is potential to enhance the participation of Canadian researchers in the teams of European Research Council grantees. Such mobility gives researchers the opportunity to gain international experience and enables knowledge exchange at the highest level, providing an excellent basis for scientific progress on both sides.
Both sides also identified possible new areas for cooperation, including migration. It is planned that the Canadian side will support researchers participating in migration related calls under Horizon 2020 in 2018 and 2019.
The parties agreed to continue developing an appropriate framework conditions needed to optimize cooperation among researchers from Canada and the European Union. The committee encouraged the EU-Canada Task Force on programme level cooperation to coordinate programmes and funding in areas of common interest with a view to developing a broad, strategic approach to the research and innovation partnership. Both sides agreed to review progress on a regular basis in advance of the next meeting of the Joint Steering Committee in 2019.
In conclusion, both delegations reaffirmed the importance of Science, Technology and Innovation cooperation in addressing shared economic, environmental and societal challenges within the context of the overall EU-Canada relations.
Lebanon joins PRIMA: signature of the EU-Lebanon International Agreement
From left to right: Mr Fadi HAJALI, Ambassador of Lebanon to the EU; Mr Dimiter TZANTCHEV, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the EU; Ms Maria Cristina RUSSO, European Commission's Director for International Cooperation
On 27 February 2018 the EU and Lebanon made an important step towards strengthening their research and innovation cooperation. The two parties signed an International Agreement for Lebanon's participation in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA).
PRIMA is a bi-regional science diplomacy initiative which brings together both shores of the Mediterranean in a joint research programme to work on two of its major challenges: water scarcity and food security. This initiative also contributes to addressing the root causes of migration by transforming it from a challenge and human tragedy into an opportunity for all.
The International Agreement was signed by Ms Maria Cristina Russo –Director for International Cooperation of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission–, Ambassador Dimiter Tzantchev –Permanent representative of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union– on behalf of the European Union and H.E. Mr Fadi Hajali –Ambassador of the Republic of Lebanon to the European Union–, on behalf of Lebanon.
Lebanon has been one of the most active countries since the inception of the PRIMA initiative and will be contributing €5 million over a period of ten years, which reflects the country's commitment to fostering its ties with the EU.
PRIMA is supported by Horizon 2020 –the EU's research and innovation framework programme– with €220 million and by the contribution of a number of EU Members States and Southern Mediterranean Countries with €274 million.
JPI Urban Europe launches joint call with NSFC on sustainable urbanisation
The pilot call Sustainable and Liveable Cities and Urban Areas organized by JPI Urban Europe and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), inviting interdisciplinary Sino-European consortia is now open. Sustainable urbanisation is one of the key priority areas for EU-China research and innovation cooperation. In answer to the global urbanisation challenge, NSFC and JPI Urban Europe have agreed to a long-term cooperation under the strategic theme Sustainable Urbanisation in the Context of Economic Transformation and Climate Change. The pilot call is a joint initiative of nine European funding agencies participating in JPI Urban Europe and NSFC in China. The call addresses three thematic areas: a) Reduce the adverse environmental impact of cities, paying special attention to the quality of air, water and soil, and municipal and other waste management; b) Access to safe, affordable, and sustainable housing, transportation and basic services; and c) Integrated policies towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and resilience to disasters.
EU – BRAZIL renewed cooperation on research and innovation
European and Brazilian delegation at the 8th EU – Brazil Joint Steering Committee meeting
The eighth EU – Brazil Joint Steering Committee meeting took place in Brussels, on 29 November 2017. The meeting marked the tenth anniversary of the entry in force of the EU – Brazil Science & Technology Agreement that both parties have agreed to renew for 5 more years until 2022.
The large and high level Brazilian delegation was led by H.E. Benedicto Fonseca Filho, Director of the Department of Science and Technology of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The delegation of the European Commission (EC) was chaired by Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation of the Directorate General for Research & Innovation.
The importance of EU – Brazil cooperation in research and innovation was highlighted and both sides agreed on the need to continuously improve framework conditions for cooperation. In this sense, the EC and Brazil agreed to work on mechanisms to support cooperation and to involve all relevant Brazilian actors, at federal and State level, in these discussions. Also, Brazil announced the appointment of two National Contact Points for Health. This appointment was welcome by the EC as another step towards greater support to the research communities of both sides.
Main areas for cooperation like marine research, health, information and communication technologies and nanotechnology, among others, were discussed. It was also agreed to enhance the research policy dialogue in transport, in particular aviation, as well as to start policy dialogues in environmental research (that already counts with several common activities) and space research.
New Guide for EU stakeholders on Chinese national STI funding programmes
Access to R&D funding programmes is a fundamental framework condition for innovation. China is currently undergoing an ambitious reform of its national funding system for science, technology and innovation (STI) as well as its institutional setup. As part of the EU-funded project Advance EU Access to Financial Incentives for Innovation in China a new Guide for EU stakeholders on Chinese national STI funding programmes has been published. The Guide provides an overview of the current status and opportunities provided by newly-reformed Chinese national funding programmes for science, technology and innovation. The project has been initiated by the European Commission as part of a monitoring of the EU-China Joint Roadmap on Ensuring Reciprocal Access to Respective Research and Innovation Funding.
New co-funding mechanism call published by MOST
Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) published the second call for proposals for year 2017 under the Intergovernmental International Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Collaboration Key Project of China's National Key R&D Programme (NKP). With the deadline for submission of proposals on 9 February 2018, the call targets China-based partners in projects submitted under Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016/2017 in the areas of agriculture (including food), biotechnologies, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), space, aviation, energy, health, transport, water resources, energy conservation and emission reduction, advanced manufacturing, new materials, and sustainable urbanisation. CNY200 Million is allocated for this call to support 40 to 60 projects. Chinese applicants are encouraged to contact MOST to seek support for their participation in Horizon 2020.
- Details of the call at the MOST website (in chinese)
Contact: MOST: Mr. Dai Qian, email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com, tel. +86.10.58881358
- MOST cofunding requirements
- MOST cofunding guidelines
- MOST confunding applications, eligibility criteria
4th EU-Japan Joint Committee on Science and Technology in Tokyo
Participants at the 4th EU-Japan Joint Committee on Science and Technology
On 24 November 2017, the 4th EU-Japan Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation was held in Tokyo. The meeting was opened by H.E. Takeshi Nakane, Ambassador for Science and Technology Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and H.E. Viorel Isticioaia-Budura, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Japan. Ambassador Nakane and Mr Philippe Vialatte, Deputy Head of Unit (RTD C1) co-chaired the meeting.
The Joint Committee Meeting was held with participation of a wide range of ministries and agencies from Japan and the European Commission. It discussed recent Science, Technology and Innovation policy developments, and assessed progress achieved since the last Joint S&T Committee meeting in Brussels in May 2015. The meeting agreed to jointly work towards the full implementation of the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership in Research and Innovation, as adopted by the 3rd EU-Japan Joint S&T Committee and endorsed by the EU-Japan Summit in May 2015.
The meeting welcomed the agreement of the Japanese Science and Technology Agency to continue co-funding projects in open Horizon 2020 calls, and acknowledged the opportunities offered through the European Research Council-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science cooperation arrangement. The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions were highlighted as an important instrument to promote researchers' mobility. Both sides agreed on continuing the solid cooperation in ICT, Aeronautics and Advanced materials, and noted the interest in strengthening cooperation in Automated Driving Technologies, Health/Medical research, Renewable Energy Research, Arctic Research, Disaster Risk Reduction (including Nature based solutions and Earthquake Early Warning System), and Quantum Technology. Further, the meeting welcomed the Research Framework Arrangement between the Joint Research Centre and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and confirmed the importance of the Horizon 2020 National Contact Point in Japan, and of outreach activities to promote public engagement.
EU and Jordan sign the agreement for the participation of Jordan in PRIMA
Signature of PRIMA agreement
The European Union and Jordan signed today an international agreement on Jordan's participation in the 'Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area' (PRIMA). This initiative brings together both shores of the Mediterranean in a joint research programme to work together on two of the major challenges of the region: efficient and sustainable food production and water provision.
The signature took place in the margins of the World Science Forum, where Mr Carlos Moedas -EU's Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation- presented the recently published Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020. Science diplomacy continues to be a priority for the EU's Research and Innovation policy and it will be further enhanced through the forthcoming Horizon 2020 calls, including around 30 international cooperation initiatives of large scale and scope on topics dedicated to areas of mutual benefit comprising a total budget of over €1 billion.
The PRIMA international agreement was signed with Jordan by Ms Maria Cristina Russo - Director for International Cooperation of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission - and by Mr Margus Rava - Ambassador of Estonia to Greece - on behalf of the EU and by Dr Khaled Elshuraydeh -Secretary General of the Higher Council for Science and Technology- on behalf of Jordan.
Today's signature is paving the way for full participation of Jordan in PRIMA after the ratification of this agreement by both parties.
PRIMA is supported by Horizon 2020 -the EU's research and innovation framework programme- with €220 million and by the contribution of a number of EU Members States and Southern Mediterranean Countries with €274 million. The EU participates in PRIMA on the basis of Decision (EU) 2017/1324, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.
The VII EU-CELAC Senior Officials Meeting in Research and Innovation launches the first EU-CELAC Knowledge Week
EU – CELAC Joint Initiative on Research and Innovation – Seniors Official Meeting (© RREE El Salvador)
DG RTD co-organised the celebration of the first EU-Latin American and Caribbean Knowledge Week in San Salvador, which was officially launched by the VII EU-CELAC Senior Officials Meeting in Research and Innovation (SOM) on 2 October 2017.
The SOM was co-chaired by Begoña Arano, Head of Unit for North America, Latin America and the Cariibean at DG Research and Innovation and Erlinda Handal, Vice-Minister for Science and Technology of El Salvador, currently holding the pro tempore presidency of CELAC. It was officially opened by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hugo Martinez, and the EU Ambassador, Andreu Bassols, highlighting the Common Research Area as a stepping stone in the overall EU-CELAC partnership.
Addressing the sustainable development goals under Horizon 2020 and the Common Research Area were also at the heart of the Academic and Knowledge Summit (5-6 October), a congress of universities of more than 300 participants from both regions. The Summit concluded with a Declaration calling for further integration and highlighting the Common Research Area as the existing policy framework supporting academic and scientific cooperation between the EU-Latin American and the Caribbean.
Horizon 2020 WP 2018-2020: what's in it for EU-China Cooperation
24 new topics with a total budget of over 100 million euro will promote research and innovation cooperation with China in the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020. 11 topics are directly linked to the joint flagship initiatives agreed at the 3rd EU-China Innovation Cooperation Dialogue of June 2017 (ICD-3). Flagship initiatives cover the areas of food, agriculture and bioeconomy, environment and sustainable urbanisation, surface transport, safer and greener aviation, and biotechnologies for environment and human health. Several other topics will encourage Chinese participation on a bilateral or multilateral basis.
Substantial, balanced and coordinated cooperation with China will be promoted with funding from Horizon 2020 and from China. At ICD-3 the European Commission and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) agreed to renew the general China-EU co-funding mechanism on research and innovation (CFM) for the period 2018-2020 to support flagship initiatives and other Horizon 2020 topics. Co-funding will also be provided by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) for selected aviation related topics, and by the Natural Science Foundation of China for selected biotechnology related topics.
EU-U.S. Joint Consultative Group Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation
Participants to the EU-U.S. Joint Consultative Group Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation
On October 23, 2017, in Washington, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith G. Garber and E.U. Director-General for Research and Innovation Robert-Jan Smits, convened the United States-European Union Joint Consultative Group Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation (JCG). The JCG provides an opportunity to exchange views on some of the most important transatlantic science and technology endeavours and to align American and European research and innovation efforts for mutual benefit. Both sides recognized the role of research and innovation as key drivers of jobs and economic growth, and that transatlantic research cooperation has been a primary source of new technologies and scientific discoveries for over a century. The Department of State also thanked the European Commission for the valuable assistance provided by the Copernicus satellite program during the recent hurricanes.
Efforts to further facilitate transatlantic cooperation between scientists under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s $80 billion research program (and its successor), and American research programs were featured prominently. Both sides discussed achievements and potential future strategic areas of cooperation and program alignment including: the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, which extends into the Arctic region; Mission Innovation; other advanced energy research cooperation; and major health initiatives, such as brain research. Both sides agreed to continue and expand cooperation, building on the ongoing success of program alignment and to work together to renew the U.S.-EU Science and Technology Agreement for an additional five years.
The JCG brought together representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation with representatives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Departments of State, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Interior, the National Science Foundation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The United States and European Union look forward to strengthening our cooperation and the EU’s 2018-2020 Work Programme for Horizon 2020, launched on October 27, 2017.
EU-Egypt PRIMA signature and JSTCC
From left to right: Mr Mohamed SHINAWI, Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Egypt; Mr Clyde KULL, Deputy Permanent Representative of Estonia to the EU; Ms Cristina RUSSO, European Commission's Director for International Cooperation
Today the EU and Egypt made a step forward towards strengthening their research and innovation cooperation. The two sides signed an agreement for scientific and technological cooperation setting out the terms and conditions for Egypt's participation in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA).
The agreement was signed by Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation of the European Commission, and by Ambassador Clyde Kull, Deputy Permanent Representative of Estonia to the European Union, on behalf of the European Union, and by Professor Mohamed Shinawi, Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for International Relations, Agreements and Scientific Research, on behalf of Egypt.
This Agreement will now need to be ratified by both Parties to produce legal effects since no provisional application upon signature is foreseen.
Egypt has shown strong and continued support to the PRIMA initiative and is contributing with €30 million over a period of ten years, which reflects commitment to fostering its ties with the EU.
In parallel to the signature agreement the 7th meeting of the EU-Egypt Joint Science & Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) took place on the same day in Brussels. Both sides took good note of recent research and innovation policy developments in Egypt, explored opportunities for cooperation under Horizon 2020 and laid out common priorities for the future.
The two sides discussed prospects for further cooperation, including in the context of PRIMA, the BLUEMED initiative for Blue Jobs and Growth in the Mediterranean, the African Union-EU Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture and the African Union-EU Research and Innovation Partnership on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy.
New international cooperation roadmaps
Fostering international cooperation in research and innovation (R&I) is a strategic priority for the European Union. It allows to access the latest knowledge and the best talent worldwide, to tackle global societal challenges more effectively, to create business opportunities in new and emerging markets and to use science diplomacy as an influential instrument of external policy.
A cornerstone of the EU's strategy for International Cooperation in R&I is the development of multi-annual roadmaps for cooperation with key partner countries and regions. These roadmaps provide information on the areas and partners identified for international cooperation and offer a clear programme for enhancing and focusing cooperation.
The 2017 roadmaps have been published today, reflecting the latest policy dialogues kept with each country or region and the new opportunities for cooperation under the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020, that was launched today.
The Work Programme of Horizon 2020 for 2018-2020 aims to boost market-creating innovation. It also seeks greater impact by focusing on fewer topics and helping address the concerns of Europeans regarding security, migration, the environment and economic well-being. The new Work Programme strengthens international cooperation in research and innovation. It will invest over €1 billion in 30 flagship initiatives in areas of mutual benefit. Examples include working with Canada on personalised medicine, with the US, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia on road transport automation, with India on water challenges and with African countries on food security and renewable energies.
Algeria - EU cooperation in Science and Technology
Mr Tahar HADJAR, Algerian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; Mr Carlos MOEDAS, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Mr Lembit UIBO, Ambassador PSC, Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU
On 26 October 2017, Algeria and the European Union signed an Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria setting out the terms and conditions for participation of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA).
Algeria was the first of a series of Partner Countries from the Mediterranean Area to sign an agreement with the EU governing its participation in PRIMA. It has also committed national funding amounting to €20 million euros to the PRIMA programme. This Agreement is provisionally applicable from signature, making Algeria the first third country not associated to Horizon 2020 that has become a PRIMA Participating State
The 3nd meeting of the Algeria - EU Joint Science & Technology Coordination Committee (JSTCC) took place on the same date in Brussels. This meeting was an opportunity to review the main prospects for cooperation in the fields of food systems and water resources through PRIMA as well as through the Research and Innovation Initiative for Blue Jobs and Growth in the Mediterranean Area (BLUEMED), in the areas of marine and maritime research.
Opportunities in the context of EU-Africa cooperation were also discussed comprising the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA) and preparation for a joint research and innovation programme on renewable energy technology.
8th EU-Japan Science Policy Forum: 'Evidence Based STI Policy'
Participants at the EU-Japan Science Policy Forum
On 30 September 2017 the 8th EU-Japan Science Policy Forum with a focus on ''Evidence Based STI Policy'' was held in Kyoto (Japan), organised by the EU Delegation in Japan in cooperation with Japan's National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). This meeting brought together leading research policy makers, funding agency managers, academics, industrialists and observers from Europe and Japan.
The Forum is a key instance of the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy dialogue between the two sides, and it takes place in the context of a deepening overall partnership between the EU and Japan, which includes a Strategic Partnership in Research and Innovation. There were key interventions from the Ambassador of the European Union to Japan, the Deputy Director General of DG RTD in the European Commission, the President of the European Research Council, the Minister of Education and Research for Estonia, the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation in France, the Deputy Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan and the Chairman of the STS forum in Japan. Discussion topics included the evidence based policy approaches in Europe and in Japan, the scientific advice mechanisms and the EU's future framework programme for research and innovation amongst others.
22nd EU/Euratom-Switzerland Joint Research Committee
Participants at the EU/Euratom-Switzerland Joint Research Committee
On 5 October 2017 the 22nd EU/Euratom-Switzerland Joint Research Committee was held in Basel, the first for Switzerland as associated to all parts of Horizon 2020.
The meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Bruno H. Moor (Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) and Wolfgang Burtscher (European Commission's Deputy Director General in DG Research and Innovation), and it was hosted at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.
The Joint Research Committee discussed topics such as Switzerland's participation in Horizon 2020, its involvement in the research and training programme of Euratom (including the European Joint Programmes in fusion and fission) and an update on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and Fusion for Energy activities. In addition, there was an exchange of views in relation to relevant current topics, including a review of the implementation of the Swiss Association Agreement, political developments and information on financial perspectives –next steps of Horizon 2020 and the preparations for the next framework programme– and new initiatives and priorities such as the Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), the European Innovation Council (EIC), the European Open Science Cloud or the European Joint Programmes.
Japan - EU Joint Research Programme: Development of New Materials for the Substitution of Critical Metals
The problem of natural resources is a big challenge for a sustainable society. Substitution of critical metals and the technology to reduce their use are important areas of research and cooperation. The importance of critical raw materials was underlined in the 6th EU-US-Japan Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials held in Brussels on 29 November 2016.
A call for collaborative research proposals between the EU and Japan was launched in this area which attracted 33 proposals. As a first step, the EU and Japan evaluated the proposals independently. Then, at a joint evaluation meeting with the Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST) and the European Commission (EC), three collaborative research grants were awarded for projects which clearly reflect the objectives of the programme, in the areas of catalysis, magnetic materials and electronic materials.
These three projects are:
NOVACAM, Novel cheap and Abundant Materials for catalytic biomass conversion, has made great progress in the realisation of catalysts without critical metals. Its significance for catalysis and solid state science is very high. Conversion of biomass to useful chemical materials will have a great impact on industry, the environment and other societal issues. Having established a strong international research network is also very important.
HARFIR, Heusler Alloy Replacement For Iridium, has addressed the big challenge of developing antiferromagnetic materials without Iridium with applications in the area of hard disk drive storage. It has made remarkable improvements thanks to the complementary collaboration between Japan and the EU. The practical contribution to the development of magnetic materials without Iridium and pushing forward the state of the art was significant.
IRENA, Indium replacement by single-walled carbon nanotube thin films, has accumulated steady achievements from the start of the project and was evaluated highly for paving the way for single carbon nanotubes to be applied to electronic devices. It has achieved more than was expected which was greatly facilitated by the international collaboration. IRENA developed high performance semiconducting and metallic carbon nanotube thin films to eliminate the use of critical metals in electronic devices i.e. indium in transparent conducting thin films for touch screens and indium and gallium in thin film effect transistors. Results of this research are already planned initially for screens in automotive applications.
At the start of the projects, improvements in the research area were expected by complementary and functional collaboration between Japan and EU. All the teams have met these expectations. The programme encouraged dissemination in the international arena and the writing of joint papers. The programme also encouraged researcher exchange which was taken up by all the consortia and led to significant progress and unique opportunities for the development of young researchers.
EU , Brazil & South Africa enhance cooperation in Marine Research
Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology of South Africa, European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Gilberto Kassab, Minister of State for Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications of Brazil (L-R)
The European Union, Brazil and South Africa signed today the Belem Statement on Atlantic Research and Innovation Cooperation.
This Initiative will improve the scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems and the links between oceans and climate change, food and energy systems, as well as the dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean and its interconnected circulation systems from Antarctica to the Arctic.
This Statement is building on previous bilateral Declarations of Intent on Marine Research and Innovation Cooperation signed by the EU with Brazil and South Africa, and the development of the South-South Framework for Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the South and Tropical Atlantic and Southern Ocean. It will also help to closely link research activities in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean with those in the North Atlantic, and explore synergies with other initiatives.
EU-Russia Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee
Group picture of the Russian and EU representatives
The EU-Russia Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meeting took place in Brussels on 23 June 2017, co-chaired by the Director for International Cooperation of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation Ms. Cristina Russo and the Director of the Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Mr. Sergey Matveev. The discussion was held in a friendly and constructive spirit.
The meeting took stock of progress made in EU-Russia cooperation in research and innovation and confirmed joint flagship initiatives in the fields of research infrastructure, health and aeronautics.
Commissioner Moedas visit to Norway
Commissioner Moedas at the podium
Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, has visited Norway on the occasion of the 4th edition of the Starmus Festival -an international star-studded gathering to celebrate science and the arts with the goal of bringing an understanding and appreciation of science to the public at large.
During his intervention, Commissioner Moedas discussed the importance of science communication with a wide range of speakers, including a panel of Nobel Laureates. He also engaged in discussions with a younger generation of scientists and met several Norwegian European Research Council grantees and Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows.
Norway has been associated to EU research and innovation programmes since 1987 and -together with Iceland- it was the first country to be fully associated to Horizon 2020.
11th EU-India Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation
Group picture of the Indian and EU representatives
The 11th meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of the EU-India Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation took place in Brussels on 6 June 2017 under the co-chairmanship of European Commission Director General for Research and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, and the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology from the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, Ashutosh Sharma.
The EU and India agreed to scale up their cooperation based on reciprocity and mutual benefit. The Indian representatives indicated that they would be in favor to extend the co-funding mechanism put in place in 2016 by the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Biotechnology to all areas of Horizon 2020 and, especially in Water, Energy, Health, Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Bio-economy, Information and communication technology, Green Transport and Polar research.
EU-China Summit: new flagship initiatives in research and innovation
Donald Tusk, Li Keqiang, Jean-Claude Juncker, Carlos Moedas, Wang Gang
The European Union and China will boost their research and innovation cooperation with a new package of flagship initiatives targeting the areas of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnologies, Environment and Sustainable Urbanisation, Surface Transport, Safer and Greener aviation, and Biotechnologies for Environment and Human Health.
This is one of the outcomes of the 3rd EU-China Innovation Co-operation Dialogue that took place on 2 June 2017 as one of the key events of the 19th EU-China Summit, and co-chaired by Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Wan Gang, China's Minister of Science and Technology. At the EU-China Summit Commissioner Moedas and Minister Wan signed an Administrative Arrangement renewing the Co-funding Mechanism for the period 2018-2020 to support collaborative research and innovation projects under joint flagship Initiatives and other areas.
This round of the Innovation Co-operation Dialogue also discussed progress on framework conditions and innovation cooperation. In particular, the two sides agreed to promote open science and to exchange best practices in open access to publications and research data, and have confirmed the principle of reciprocity in access to Science Technology and Innovation resources.
Commission fosters research and innovation dialogue with the 10 (5+5) Western Mediterranean countries from the EU and North Africa
Commissioner Moedas at the podium
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation attended in Tunisia the Forum for the Dialogue in the Western Mediterranean, referred to as the "5+5 Dialogue". With ministers and high level ministerial representatives responsible for research and higher education from the countries participating to this sub-regional forum (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia), as well as the Secretaries General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), they discussed ways of deepening cooperation in research and innovation.
Commissioner Moedas said: "Horizon 2020, our research and innovation programme, is open to the world. Researchers or businesses from all over the globe can participate. I want to call on the Western Mediterranean countries to pursue their common objectives through our programme. It's the best means of addressing the common challenges that we face, such as water provision, agro-food systems, migration flows and climate change."
During his visit, Commissioner Moedas held high-level bilateral meetings with Slim Khalbous, Tunisian Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, Fadhel Abdelkefi, Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation, and Fatallah Sijilmassi, the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean.
The Western Mediterranean Forum, referred to as the "5+5 Dialogue", was officially launched in Rome in 1990 as an informal sub-regional forum with the aim of fostering relations between European countries and the newly born Arab Maghreb Union. The 5+5 Dialogue comprises Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia. As a trans-Mediterranean cooperation initiative, the rationale of the 5+5 Dialogue is to provide an informal forum in which the five EU member states and the five Maghreb countries have a chance to discuss subjects of topical interest for the region and to identify new areas for practical cooperation.
EU – Argentina enhancing cooperation in Research & Innovation
The Argentinian delegation led by Mr Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT) (second from the left)
The 9th Joint Steering Committee meeting was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on the 27 of March 2017. The Argentinian delegation was led by Mr Lino Barañao, Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT) and included Mr. Alejandro Ceccatto, President of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET).
It focused on exploring ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in science and technology. In this line, both delegations welcomed the renewal of the bilateral Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation for five years. The agreement will continue to provide a stable political, legal and administrative framework for facilitating S&T cooperative activities.
Both parties agreed to continue developing common principles and adequate framework conditions needed to create a level playing field for Argentina and the European Union to cooperate in Research and Innovation on the basis of trust. In this framework, both parties acknowledged the need to promote gender equality in Research and Innovation activities, relating to male and female researchers careers and to the gender dimension in Research and Innovation content.
The major developments in R&I policies and programmes since the last Joint Steering Committee meeting were presented. In addition, both delegations exchanged views on and agreed to step up cooperation on bio-economy, marine research , climate action and resource efficiency among others activities.
At the end of the meeting, the co-chairs recalled the importance of EU-Argentina relations in the field of science and technology, to promote excellence of their research, to increase the competitiveness of their industries and to address common and global societal challenges.
13th EU-China Joint Steering Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation
Group photo of the 13º EU – CHINA JSCM
The 13th meeting of the Joint Steering Committee of the EU-China Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation took place in Brussels on 29 March 2017 under the co-chairmanship of European Commission Director General for Research and Innovation Mr Robert-Jan Smits and Chinese Vice-Minister for Science and Technology Mr Huang Wei.
The EU and China agreed to continue to promote closer cooperation based on reciprocity and mutual benefit. In particular, they agreed to develop a package of joint flagship initiatives to be launched in 2017 with co-funding from the EU and China. Areas targeted include Food, Agriculture and Biotechnologies, Environment and Sustainable Urbanisation, Surface Transport, Aviation, and Biotechnologies and Biomaterials. Exact topics and budget allocations are to be defined in the coming months. On Energy the dialogue to identify common priorities will continue in the framework of Mission Innovation for which China will host a ministerial meeting in June 2017.
The two sides recognised the importance of the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism launched by MOST in December 2015 and confirmed their intention to continue working on reciprocity in access to respective STI programmes. They also welcomed the implementation of the Implementing Arrangement between European Research Council and the Natural Science Foundation of China, the excellent cooperation on GEOSS, as well as the rich cooperation that the European Commission's Joint Research Centre is pursuing with Chinese research institutions.
The meeting saw the participation of representatives from China's Ministry of Science and Technology, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Chinese Mission to the EU on the Chinese side and from the European Commission Directorates General for Research and Innovation, Agriculture and Rural Development, the Joint Research Centre, and the European Research Council.
The VI EU-CELAC Senior Officials Meeting on Research and Innovation drives forward the Common Research Area through concrete actions
EU-CELAC representatives meeting in Brussels
One year after the official launch of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area, the meeting took stock of the important progress achieved so far and launched concrete actions in to empower the implementation of the Common Research Area, including under its three pillars: Mobility of Researchers, Research Infrastructures and Societal Challenges.
The meeting of the Senior Officials was chaired by Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation at DG Research and Innovation, and co-chaired by Erlinda Handál, Vice Minister for Science and Technology of El Salvador, representing the CELAC pro-tempore Presidency. The event gathered a high level audience and a high number of participation from both the EU Member States and the CELAC countries.
The meeting signalled the political importance that the cooperation between the two regions is acquiring and the role that Research and Innovation is playing as an indisputable driver for economic growth and sustainable development. During her intervention, Cristina Russo said: "we have a strategic, economic and political interest to provide a stronger cooperation framework in the area of Research and Innovation; we want to go beyond the project-based cooperation and lay the foundations of the Common Research Area; through Research and Innovation we can not only boost our scientific and academic ties but also construct an important building block of bi-regional cooperation".
One of the achievements of the meeting was the presentation of the Policy Advice Initiative to support CELAC countries in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals through Research and Innovation. The new instrument, launched by the European Commission, was well received by the participants and generated clear interest from a considerable number of countries.
In terms of additional concrete achievements on each of the Common Research Area pillars:
- Mobility of Researchers: aside from supporting a more structured bi-regional academic and scientific dialogue, the participants committed towards the development of a regional mobility portal for researchers in CELAC, based on the EU experience with the Euraxess portal.
- Research Infrastructures: the SOM endorsed the launch of the working group for policy coordination on Research Infrastructures (RI) as a first step towards establishing a more structured bi-regional cooperation on RI. The group will ensure policy coordination and sharing of good practices in policy development and mapping of research infrastructures.
- Societal Challenges: the discussions focused on the progress made under the thematic groups and on the potential Horizon 2020 large scale topics specifically devoted to international cooperation with the CELAC region in the field of health, sustainable urbanisation and clean urban transport.
Building on the achievements in developing the Common Research Area, Senior Officials highlighted the importance of research and innovation in the overall EU-CELAC partnership and committed towards addressing prominently R&I cooperation at the debate of the next EU-CELAC Summit, which will take place in El Salvador on 26-27 October 2017.
VIII EU-Chile Joint Steering Committee meeting
Group Photo of the 8th EU - Chile Joint Steering Committee
The 8th Joint Steering Committee meeting was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on the 2nd of February 2017.
It focused on exploring ways to revamp bilateral cooperation in science and technology. In this line, both delegations welcomed the recent extension of the bilateral Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation for five years. The agreement will continue to provide a stable political, legal and administrative framework for facilitating S&T cooperative activities.
The major developments in R&I policies and programmes since the last Joint Steering Committee meeting were presented. On the EU side, the pillar 'Open to the World' is at the centre of the R&I policy, whether in Chile, the plans to establish a Ministry for Science and Technology provide grounds for further strengthening the scientific capacities of the country.
The EU encouraged Chile's further engagement within the context of Mission Innovation as a strategic area for cooperation in the field of clean-energy R&I. In addition, both delegations exchanged views on and agreed to re-launch cooperation in sustainable mining, health, climate action and resource efficiency.
Both parties agreed to continue developing adequate framework conditions for cooperation. They will enhance exchange of experience and best practices on Open science and women participation in research and innovation. Furthermore, the delegations decided to ensure a broader dissemination and hands-on training on H2020 opportunities.
At the end of the meeting, the co-chairs recalled the importance of EU-Chile relations in the field of science and technology, to promote excellence of their research, to increase the competitiveness of their industries, and to address common and global societal challenges.
Horizon 2020 EU-US agreement: frequently asked questions
The European Commission and the Government of the United States of America concluded on 17 October 2016 an Implementing Arrangement that simplifies the cooperation between Horizon 2020 projects and US entities. A document containing a list of frequently asked questions for this type of cooperation is now available.
EU - Israel Research and innovation cooperation - 20 years of success, partnership and friendship
Robert-Jan Smits, Director General of DG RTD and Avi Hasson, Chair of Israel Innovation Authority. © Shai Ashkenazi
The Jerusalem Theatre was the venue for an extraordinary conference on January 10 when hundreds of Israeli researchers and officials gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Israel's association to the EU Framework Programme. Leading the EU's delegation to the event was Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of the European Commission`s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. The event was organized jointly by the EU Delegation to the State of Israel and ISERD - The Europe - Israel R&D Directorate and was financially supported by DG Research and Innovation.
Israel was the first non-European country to be associated to the EU Framework Programme back in 1996. Its participation in the EU Framework Programme has been a success story and represents an added value both for Israel and for the EU. Over the past 20 years of partnership, overall Israeli investment amounted to €1.375 billion, while the return to Israeli entities in the form of grants reached €1.7 billion. Over 3,000 projects submitted by Israeli entities were approved involving 4,435 participants. Of these, 2,450 were academic researchers, 1,270 were industrial researchers, and 715 researchers from other sectors.
Israel’s excellence in the programme has been especially notable in the European Research Council grants for outstanding researchers doing ground-breaking research, grants in the ICT, water, health sectors and many others.
In his remarks, Robert-Jan Smits said that, "The EU and Israel research and innovation cooperation represents 20 years of success, partnership and friendship. What has been achieved during these years is impressive. The Israeli and EU scientists have built sustainable partnerships and worked together on many challenges ranging from child tumours, smart irrigation to robotics and science education, advancing in this way the frontiers of knowledge and contributing to the well-being of our citizens".
Also addressing the conference, EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen noted that, "Our scientific cooperation is the jewel in the crown of our relations and one that is a model for the type of close relations we hope will continue and which we would like to see in more fields in the future".
In a video message of congratulations, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said: "In today's global world, we know very well that the development of science and technology must be done by collaboration across borders with a wide approach in a range of fields with the spirit of sharing experience and building on direct relations between researchers from different regions, religions and cultures."
Commission presents experts' recommendations on research and innovation in Ukraine
The European Commission has presented policy recommendations to help Ukraine to improve its performance in research and innovation. The recommendations were developed, at the request of Ukraine's Ministry of Education and Science, by a team of high-level experts and officials from eight different EU Member States.
The Horizon 2020 PSF Peer Review took place from May 2016 to December 2016. The Peer Review report contains seven headline policy messages to inspire the design and implementation of reforms. The report explains the rationale for each policy message and contains thirty more detailed recommendations on the reforms to be achieved.
Recommendations are made on a range of issues including reforming the STI system to boost efficiency and impact; increasing government investment in R&D; revamping STI institutions, funding and procedures, and improving international cooperation. The Ukrainian national authorities have expressed their strong political commitment to the Peer Review exercise, and will be responsible for the follow-up to the review and implementation of the resulting recommendations.
Building the European Research Area in partnership with Turkey
Senior representatives from the Turkish research community met on 24 November with the European Commission and key European research stakeholders to discuss building the European Research Area (ERA) in partnership with Turkey. At the meeting the participants agreed to cooperate in order to achieve a high-performing research and innovation capacity in Turkey and in the EU, and to build a strong public science base where researchers, scientific knowledge and technology can freely circulate.
The meeting took place in the EU's Directorate General for Research and Innovation and confirmed the commitment of all participants to intensify cooperation. This event also showed the potential of science collaboration as a tool capable of strengthening the EU-Turkey relationships.
21st meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Group of Senior Officials in Research and Innovation
Networking reception at the 21st meeting of the Euro-Med GSO in Research and Innovation
The Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission organized on 22 November 2016, in Brussels, the 21st meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Group of Senior Officials (Euro-Med GSO) in Research and Innovation with a view to preparing a Euro-Mediterranean ministerial conference on Research and Innovation, scheduled to take place in Malta, on 3-4 May 2017, under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Acknowledging that water, food and migration remain among today's most pressing challenges for the Mediterranean, the agenda of the ministerial will be built around three pillars: "the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)", "Addressing the root causes of migration through research and innovation" and "R&I for blue jobs and growth in the Mediterranean (BLUEMED)".
The GSO meeting brought together participants from the EU member states, the EU institutions and countries from both shores of the Mediterranean as well as representatives of the Union for the Mediterranean and partners of EU-funded projects with a focus on the Mediterranean, who held a comprehensive discussion around the aforementioned topics.
The participants highlighted the importance of sustainable water, farming and food systems for local and regional development through innovative solutions. What is more, special focus was put on coordinating efforts to collect data across the region to avoid fragmentation and strengthen the ability of the research community to increase their understanding of complex drivers of migration. Finally, the participants reiterated the need to stimulate ‘blue’ jobs and growth in the Mediterranean by unlocking the potential of marine and maritime sectors while seeking more synergies.
Research and Innovation in the Marrakech Climate Chance Conference
The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, organized this month in Marrakech (COP 22), concluded last week with concrete results to put the Paris Agreement on climate change into action. In this context, the European Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate-General (DG RTD) organised two International Cooperation related events to discuss about climate services for Africa and the water-energy-food nexus in the Mediterranean.
During his intervention in the Climate Services session, Patrick Child -Deputy Director-general at DG RTD- stressed the added value of Horizon 2020, the EU's Framework Programme for research and innovation, in building "effective international and multi-stakeholders partnerships to address the climate-related global challenges we face today". Mr. Child also pointed to the important role of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, which is now in its preoperational phase and that will deliver a wealth of climate critical information for a variety of users: “Horizon 2020 is open to the world and our investments in climate services are to develop timely solutions for the benefit of everyone around the world and for broader deployment”.
Water, energy and food production are inextricably linked and their nexus increasingly draw the attention of the policy, research and industrial community. Speaking on behalf of the European Commission, Mr. Child expressed how “research and innovation are key elements to understand the complex interactions between the natural environment and human activities, to develop effective and sustainable solutions and to inform decision-making across such complexity”. During this second session, special attention was put to the role of PRIMA, the new Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area which focuses on sustainable water management and food production: “with a budget of 400Million Euros over 10 years, PRIMA is expected to boost local businesses and investment opportunities, addressing also unemployment and migration issues in the region and becoming a further vehicle of sustainable growth”.
Both panel discussions were followed by information sessions, highlighting EU-funded research and innovation projects and several initiatives on climate services and the energy-water-food nexus.
New opportunities for Canadian researchers to join ERC funded teams
Today Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Dr Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council have signed an Implementing Arrangement under the framework of the S&T Agreement between the EU and Canada which has been negotiated between the European Research Council (ERC) and the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS).
This Arrangement intends to provide opportunities for Canadian researchers to join temporarily ERC funded teams, located in Europe. The participant researchers are grant holders from the Research Chairs programme or the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships programmes and will be selected by the Canadian side.
This is the 9th arrangement signed with a key R&I partner country after: USA, Korea, Argentina, Japan, China, South Africa, Mexico and most recently, Brazil.
ERC represents excellence in science and can be proud of having supported 6 Nobel prizes in 9 years, in addition to funding over 6500 ambitious projects in different fields
EU-US agreement offers new opportunities for research cooperation
Commissioner Carlos Moedas and H.E. Mr Anthony L. Gardner, Head of the Mission of the United States to the EU
European and American researchers will be able to work together more closely on projects funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation programme. This is thanks to an agreement concluded on the 17 of October between the European Commission and the US Government.
The agreement facilitates cooperation between US organisations and Horizon 2020 participants in cases where the US organisations are funded by the US and do not receive any funding from the Horizon 2020 programme. It simplifies cooperation between a selected Horizon 2020 project and a US entity by enabling researchers to organise their cooperation outside the formal Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement signed for each project, in accordance with applicable laws, rules, policies, and regulations of their respective funding programmes.
New opportunities for Brazilian researchers to join ERC teams
Commissioner Carlos Moedas with the President of CONFAP, Sérgio Gargioni
The European Commission and the Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies – CONFAP signed today an agreement that will further enhance cooperation between the EU and Brazil in research & innovation.
The purpose of the agreement is to encourage the best Brazilian scientists to join research teams funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Brazilian researchers would undertake short or long term research visits, in Europe, and collaborate with ERC-funded teams, conducting frontier research across Europe.
These opportunities are intended for active Postdoctoral Grantees from the State Funding Agencies (FAPs), from the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).
This is the 8th arrangement of its kind and the third one with Latin American countries, after the agreements with Argentina and Mexico that were signed in 2015.
Cristina Russo’s visit to Uruguay and Paraguay : Strengthening the political dimension of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area
Cristina Russo attending a bilateral meeting with the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and the President of the National Council for Science and Technology – CONACYT in Paraguay
Cristina Russo, Director for International cooperation at DG Research and Innovation participated at the 9th Plenary session of the European-Latin America Parliamentary Assembly – EUROLAT on 21 September 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay, to present the strategic importance of the EU-CELAC Common research area for strengthening bi-regional cooperation. The opportunities provided by the EU-CELAC Common Research Area were also discussed in the Parliamentary Committee on Sustainable Development, the Environment, Energy Policy, Research, Innovation and Technology in view of the preparation of a dedicated parliamentary report on its benefits and further needs.
During her visit to Uruguay, Cristina Russo had high-level bi-lateral meetings with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education & Culture, as well as with the National Agency for Investigation & Innovation- ANII and the Uruguayan Agency of International Cooperation- AUCI to discuss opportunities for increased bi-lateral and bi-regional cooperation with Uruguay. The main STI areas of common interest discussed focused on the promotion of mobility of researchers, audio-visual industries and ICT engineering, as well as the opportunity of a potential Uruguayan participation in the “South Atlantic Flagship Initiative” on marine and maritime research together with Brazil and Argentina.
On 23 September, Cristina Russo, accompanied by Alejnadro Zurita, the EU Science Counsellor in Brazil, visited Paraguay to participate in a seminar on “Opportunities and Alliances on R&I with the EU through Horizon 2020”, which has generated a high interest amongst the Paraguayan scientific community with more than 170 participants.
Cristina Russo hold also bilateral meetings with the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and the President of the National Council for Science and Technology - CONACYT, as well as relevant authorities from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education & Culture to strengthen cooperation and reinforce national synergies with European and regional partners. The STI areas of common interest discussed have focused on cooperation in the field of health and agricultural, as well as water management and renewable energy.
EU and South Africa join forces to better understand the oceans and climate
Pretoria, 4 October 2016
The European Union and South Africa are strengthening their scientific collaboration in order to better understand and protect marine ecosystems and the link between oceans and climate.
The European Commission and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) signed on October,3 2016 in Cape Town a Declaration of Intent on Marine Research and Innovation Cooperation. The declaration aims to develop a common understanding and deepen scientific knowledge of marine ecosystems. It will also encourage and support research collaboration and development of relevant technologies, to facilitate human capital development and scientific exchange, and to explore regional opportunities for sustainable marine cooperation.
The Declaration was signed on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Science and Technology (S&T) Agreement, the first agreement that the EU and South Africa signed since the advent of democracy in the country in 1994. This anniversary was celebrated in the margins of the International Conferences on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2016). The event was opened by Naledi Pandor, South African Minister of Science and Technology, Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, and Phil Mjwara, Director-General of the South African Department of Science and Technology.
Building an EU-CELAC Common Research Area : a regional approach to enhance access to research infrastructures
Brussels, 20 September
EU – CELAC cooperation: Research Infrastructure Pillar Workshop: view of the room
The European Commission organised a workshop with CELAC Embassies and Heads of Delegations in Brussels to follow-up on the commitments made at the Senior Officials Meeting of the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative on Research and Innovation (JIRI) on 14 March 2016, to implement the Common Research Area (CRA) Pillar on Research Infrastructures (RI).
The workshop aimed at raising awareness, understanding what cooperation at regional level on research infrastructures implies, showcasing the European experience in developing an European Roadmap within the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, and outlining possible steps forwards in the development of a EU –CELAC structured dialogue on research infrastructures.
Overall 21 countries from CELAC have been represented, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, who are already integrated in a number of RI projects.
The next steps in establishing a strategic alignment and dialogue on RI to support the implementation of the CRA should result in the identification of a national RI contact points from the respective national funding agencies and decision makers in CELAC countries, to create a dedicated Working Group on RI ahead of the next JIRI SOM in 2017.
The EU-CELAC Common Research Area discussed at the I Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum
Montevideo, 6-9 September
Roundtable of the I Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum ©AUCI
The new European Union’s Science Counsellor in Brazil, Mr. Alejandro Zurita, presented the vision and strategic pillars of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area at the I Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum, held in Montevideo, Uruguay from 6 to 9 September 2016. The discussion took place in a roundtable, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities to promote synergies between international development cooperation and cooperation in science, technology and innovation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Building on ongoing regional partnership, the development of the EU-CELAC Common Research Area was agreed as an opportunity to demonstrate with concrete actions what researchers, knowledge and technology can develop together.
Other participants at the Roundtable included Ernesto Fernandez Polcuch, Head of Section for Science Policy and Partnerships in the Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO Paris, Liliana Borzacconi, representative of the National Academy of Uruguay and Luis Porto Sciences, Senior Advisor Strategy and Organizational Development of the Organisation of the American States.
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EU-India Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation Days 2016
7 September 2016, Brussels
H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India
Under the framework of the India-EU S&T cooperation agreement, the seventh edition of the EU-India Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Cooperation Days was inaugurated by Prof. K. VijayRahavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology on behalf of Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India on 21 September 2016 at the National Institute of Oceanography,Goa, India. The event was organized jointly by the Ministry of Science and Technology (DST, DBT and CSIR) and the European Commission (Directorate-General for Research and Innovation).
More than 200 participants from India and Europe comprising of government officials, funding agencies, policymakers, researchers, innovators, students and representatives from Industry and NGO's attended.
This edition focused on bio-economy, including marine and maritime research, in order to maximize future scientific and business collaboration in these fields. The two day event showcased results and shared best practices in particular on sustainable food security, rural renaissance, bio-based innovation and blue growth economy. New funding opportunities in Horizon 2020 were also presented.
Both India and EU encouraged participants to take advantage during these two days to seek actively R&I cooperation opportunities in Horizon 2020 and make full use of the agreed Co-Funding Mechanisms (CFM) between India (DBT and DST) and the European Commission. The Open House session on funding opportunities and support allowed interactive discussion and networking.
1st Meeting of the EU – Iran Working Group on Science, Research, Technology and Innovation
Group photo from the Meeting
During the April 2016 EU mission to Iran, led by HR/VP Mogherini, to which Commissioner Moedas participated, a Joint Statement in Science, Research, Technology and Innovation was endorsed. The Joint Statement foresees the establishment of a Working Group which aims at creating an official platform to exchange and cooperate on issues of common interest and paving the ground for strengthening and improving the cooperation in science, technology, research and innovation between Iran and EU.
The first meeting of the above-mentioned Working Group took place in Brussels on 7 September. The Iranian delegation was led by the Acting Minister for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Science Research and Technology – Dr Salar Amoli. It included also representatives from the Ministry, Vice-Presidency Office, Ministry of Health and the Presidents of two major Iranian Universities – Isfahan and Kharazmi Universities. The meeting was chaired by Ms Maria Cristina Russo, Director for "International Cooperation" in DG "Research and Innovation" (RTD) in the European Commission. Relevant services from DG RTD, other Commission services and the EEAS were associated to the meeting.
Both parties agreed that cooperation under the EU Horizon 2020 programme will be strengthened, particularly in the scientific fields of Health, Energy, Food, Water, Environment, Climate Change, Social Sciences and Humanities, in particular migration and Key Enabling Technologies. It was also agreed to deepen the cooperation in the field of higher education, students, researchers and academic staff mobility.
Innovative firms in Ukraine to benefit from EU-guaranteed loans
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and ProCredit Bank Ukraine today signed a loan guarantee deal that will offer small and medium-sized companies in Ukraine easier access to risk capital for the development of innovative ideas.
The EU-funded deal will allow the bank to more securely enter into loan agreements with companies of below 500 employees, as any potential losses on loans for innovative activities will be guaranteed by 50% by the EU under the loan guarantee scheme. Overall, the scheme is to generate a portfolio of €50 million in loans to innovative companies over the next two years.
This deal falls under the InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility, which is part of the new generation of financial instruments supported under Horizon 2020 (IP/14/670). Under this facility, financial intermediaries are guaranteed against a proportion of any losses incurred on the debt financing covered under the facility.
Ukraine joins the Euratom Research and Training Programme
Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, Carlos Moedas EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation at the signing ceremony
On June 27, the European Union and Ukraine conclude an agreement on the association of Ukraine to the Euratom Research and Training Programme. The agreement was signed in Brussels by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, in the presence of Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine.
The new agreement comes one year after Ukraine joined Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme. While Horizon 2020 covers a wide range of activities from fundamental research up to close-to-market activities, the Euratom Research and Training Programme is specifically aimed at improving the levels of nuclear safety and radiation protection.
The association agreement will still need to be ratified by the Ukrainian Parliament. Nevertheless, Ukrainian legal entities will be able to already participate in the Euratom call for proposals funded under the 2016 and 2017 budget, as this association covers the period 2014-2018.
The EU Horizon 2020 Liaison Office in Peru : a success story of bilateral cooperation
Organisers of the Horizon 2020 event in Arequipa
The Peruvian National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation – CONCYTEC has organised a research seminar on Horizon 2020 in the Catholic University of Santa Maria in Arequipa targeting a large audience of more than 150 researchers , universities, entrepreneurs , project managers and representatives of institutions interested in participating in Horizon 2020 to promote global partnership and cooperation. The seminar also provided opportunities for remote connection, and was followed by more practical workshops with the objective to identify the local strengths of the research community, including private sector in the Southern region of the country in line with Horizon 2020 societal challenges and opportunities.
The event is part of a series of regional and international events which CONCYTEC has organised in the past two years and half following the visit of Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation in DG Research and Innovation to Peru in 2014 and the setting-up in place of an EU Liaison Office within CONCYTEC. The main objectives of the EU Liaison Office are to disseminate information on Horizon 2020 in a coordinated way and provide support to the Peruvian research community on their participation in Horizon 2020. Further to that, the EU Liaison Office has developed a solid network of researchers, key stakeholders and national contact points with the objective to promote the Peruvian areas of excellence in Research and Innovation, as well as to develop strategies, joint activities and proposals with other Liaison Offices from Latin America and Europe.
The commitment of CONCYTEC towards bilateral cooperation with the EU, as well as intra-regional within CELAC has been translated into concrete and tangible results, namely the organisation of 3 regional Horizon 2020 seminars benefiting other CELAC countries from CONCYTEC’s knowledge, network and experience and more than 15 national workshops providing targeted trainings on Horizon 2020 to Peruvian research community.
EU- Mexico Joint Committee meeting
Group Photo of the 8th EU - Mexico Joint Steering Committee
The 8th Joint Steering Committee meeting was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels on 27th May, 2016. Both parties agreed to continue developing common principles and adequate framework conditions needed to create a level playing field for researchers from Mexico and the European Union to cooperate with each other on the basis of trust.
In this respect, CONACYT informed about the simplification of the evaluation procedure of the CONACYT-H2020 co-funding mechanism in place and confirmed its commitment to continue funding Mexican institutions and researchers participating in the Horizon2020 calls.
Both parties recognized the importance of reinforcing the links between industry and research and fostering the innovation process to stimulate job creation, economic growth and social welfare.
EU and Mexico launch the first joint geothermal research project
European and Mexican researchers will work together on tapping into new sources of geothermal energy in the context of GEMex, an international project that was selected in a joint call launched by the European Union and Mexico.
The EU and Mexico contribute equally to the €20 million project. The EU's share comes from Horizon 2020, its €77 billion research and innovation funding programme (2014 – 2020), and the other from Mexico's Fondo de Sustenibilidad Energética (SENER) - Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).
GEMex will develop innovative methods for accessing the earth's vast resources of heat now trapped in variable geological formations. The ultimate objective is to make this renewable energy source cost-effective and affordable both for electricity and heat production. The project will adhere to the strictest environmental standards and address issues around social acceptance of the technology.
The three-year project will start in the autumn of 2016. The coordinated call was launched by Secretary Coldwell and Commissioner Moedas during his visit to Mexico in November 2015.
India and the EU join forces in water-related research and innovation
On April 21-23, more than 200 persons attended the "International Conference on Innovations in Sustainable Water & Wastewater Treatment Systems" (ISWATS), in Pune, India.
Jointly organised by the Indian Departments of Science & Technology and of Biotechnology, and by the European Commission, the conference was opened by Mr Bapat, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection in the Government of the Maharashtra state.
Most of the discussions focused on the assessment and follow-up of 5 joint EU-India projects.
These projects were quite concrete and impact-oriented as they included the construction of 20 fully-functional pilot installations for the treatment of wastewater in urban, peri-urban as well as rural settings in various parts of India. The presence of entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and investors at the conference made it possible to explore options for further partnerships and investments, in order to translate the projects' results into full-scale commercial applications.
This conference illustrates the concrete impact that international EU research actions may have on the daily lives of populations across the world, and also contributes to broader policy and diplomatic objectives.
ASEAN-EU STI Days 2016
10-12 May, Hanoi, Vietnam
The ASEAN-EU Science, Technology and Innovation Days are a forum style event, initiated by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme funded SEA-EU-NET II project. The ASEAN-EU STI Days 2016 will be organised in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 10-12 May, 2016. This year’s edition of the event will focus on presenting academic/industry collaborations in and between ASEAN and the EU in the context of common key societal challenges for both regions.
The number of scientific workshops and expert sessions on various topics – like infectious diseases, water, food, energy nexus, metrology, ASEAN Economic Community and innovation – is expected to amount to 15, the expected number of participants ranges between 300-400, mainly from Southeast Asia and Europe. The STI Days are an ideal occasion for networking and exchange of ideas in thematic areas like Health, Environment, Water, Food Security & Safety or Innovation. A Brokerage Event connected to the previously mentioned topics, field visits to major research and innovation organisations in and around Hanoi as well as a paper and poster competition make the programme even more attractive. The STI days are generally visited by policy makers, company representatives, researchers and research administrators from both regions.
EU-Egypt Innovation Day brings together stakeholders
The European Commission and the Egyptian Ministry of Scientific Research organized an "EU-Egypt Innovation Day" on 8 February, 2016 to raise Egyptian awareness of EU Research &Innovation (R&I) programmes. The event also aimed at creating cooperation opportunities and new networks between public/private sciences, technology and innovation players from Europe and Egypt.
Ms. Maria Cristina Russo, Director of International Cooperation at the Directorate General Research and Innovation of the European Commission and H.E Ambassador James Moran, Head of the EU Delegation to Egypt, and Dr. Essam Khames, Deputy Minister of Scientific Research opened the event. The opening session also included a key note speech by the Vice President of SIEMENS Egypt.
The Innovation Day brought together around 300 stakeholders from academic institutions, researchers and representatives of industry, financial institutions, NGOs and government as well as innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups. The EC presented research and innovation funding and collaboration opportunities under the EU new framework programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020. Egypt successfully participated in 20 new projects under H2020 which covered topics including cancer research, eco-fishing, nano-technology, virtual simulation and water research, and benefitted of various initiatives supporting Egyptian researchers' mobility.
The Innovation Day included "Research and Innovation cafes", where EU MS – including Spain, France, UK, Germany, Austria, and Czech Republic - presented their research and innovation programmes that enable cooperation between European and Egyptian organizations. Alongside the event, the EC organized a roundtable with key research and innovation stakeholders. The roundtable aimed at enhancing current EU-Egypt R&I cooperation by bringing together key stakeholders under a single forum to initiate dialogue, share knowledge and network over current challenges and opportunities of EU-Egypt cooperation.