Academy of Scientific Research and Technology ASRT

Cairo, Egypt

Academy of Scientific Research and Technology ASRT

Cairo, Egypt
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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO.2013-3.1 | Award Amount: 2.90M | Year: 2013

The main aim of the project is to enhance Euro-Mediterranean co-ownership through innovation and competitive research in the societal challenges of the region. The project aims at reducing fragmentation of programming in the Mediterranean region by increasing coordination among national research programmes of European Member States, Associated Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries. Following the Conference of Barcelona on 2012, the ERANETMED responds to the need to develop new ways of sustainable cooperation, in which both European and MPC partners will equally participate and benefit from the output and the opportunities created by the project. The ERANETMED will consider a broad area for research, addressing not only the most important societal challenges of the region but also actions to enhance innovation through applied research, capacity building, mobility and clustering. Its action will result in concrete co-operation between research programmes, such as networking, definition of strategic scientific activities, research structuring for long-lasting and stable cooperation beyond ERANET. The main goals addressed by the project will be: -) establishing a framework for communication and coordination of programme owners and managers related to S&T cooperation from Europe and Mediterranean Partner Countries; -) strengthening Euro-Mediterranean R&I Cooperation promoting joint activities; -) developing joint funding schemes and procedures between partners; -) supporting long-term and stable Euro-Mediterranean cooperation; -) strengthen MPC capacities to enhance research and innovation and increase the impact of research on the socio-economic development of the region. It also implies the achievement of coherence among research, policy and funding instruments to contribute to regional societal challenges, to have a real impact on the society and to establish synergies with other programmes and instruments.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: KBBE.2013.1.4-03 | Award Amount: 2.31M | Year: 2014

Agricultural research in the Mediterranean is characterised by three main features: it is scattered within the EU members and in Mediterranean Partner Countries as well as most of the problems and challenges that the Mediterranean agriculture is facing are shared by all the countries in the area and even further, its objectives are largely the same in the whole area, even if priorities can vary from one country to another; the conditions resulting from climate change as well as the objective of sustainable development and production need to rethink agricultural research in all the countries and to begin its alignment in the whole area to increase its impact. This situation allows and requires coordination at the level of the Mediterranean to fight again fragmentation in fostering the convergence of national programmes and in founding a new critical mass to address the key issues (such as the growing demand for safer, healthier and higher quality food; the sustainable production and use of renewable bio-resources; threats to the sustainability and security of agricultural and fisheries production resulting in particular from climate change), to increase excellence and relevance of research, to enhance and strengthen the cooperation within the region in sharing the objectives and the priorities. The ERA-Net ARIMNet has been working with this objective of enhancing scientific cooperation between EU members and Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC) and will finish in March 2013. The action needs to be continued, deepened and enlarged. This is the aim of the proposal of an ERA-Net for Coordination of Agricultural Research in the Mediterranean (ARIMNet2), which gathers sixteen countries (8 EU members, 4 associated countries and 4 other Mediterranean countries). It bears clearly a double ambition: to enhance coordination of agricultural research programmes within the Mediterranean area and to improve the cooperation within the area.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NCP-2014 | Award Amount: 1.78M | Year: 2015

The objective of the Net4Mobility project is to facilitate the transnational cooperation between the National Contact Points (NCPs) of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). The project aims to achieve the following two goals: 1) mutual support and thus raising the general standard of applicants (taking into account the diversity of the different actors) 2) to better inform the research and innovation stakeholders on funding possibilities in the MSCA and help them to improve their performance. Thus, ultimately our goal is to support research and innovation. As a synergy effect, the work processes of REA, EC and NCPs will be optimized and more effective. The project will help less experienced NCPs to improve their service so that their beneficiaries become more competitive. Less experienced NCPs shall be able to rapidly acquire knowledge from the community of MSCA NCPs. Net4Mobility has to raise awareness of MSCA funding possibilities in the non-academic and the academic sectors, especially for the new funding schemes or new modes in existing ones. The project will achieve these goals by the implementation of a wide array of measures, e.g.: - Trainings based on the needs of MSCA NCPs in particular with regards to the challenges of Horizion2020 - Twinning visits and Best Practice Meetings to tap into the already existing knowledge of MSCA NCPs - Communication platforms for the constant exchange and transfer of knowledge A number of public engagement activities and networking events with relevant stakeholders round up the projects activities. Net4Mobility relates to the Work Programme for MSCA 2014-2015 Call for Transnational cooperation among Marie Skodowska-Curie National Contact Points (NCP). The activities are tailored according to the nature of the area and the priorities of the involved NCPs according to the EC Guide on the NCPs principles for H2020


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: INT-02-2015 | Award Amount: 1.95M | Year: 2016

5TOI_4EWAS project will focus on Targeted Open Innovation in energy, water and agriculture societal challenges through a balanced innovation-friendly ecosystem in the Southern Mediterranean Neighborhood (SMN) based on quintuple helix and NEXUS approach. The project will enhance and support regional smart specialization and development by increasing research capacity, effective mobility of young innovators/researchers and shared knowledge to improve their participation in the EU research area. It will contribute to the establishment of favorable and stable conditions for international cooperation and the set-up of a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space of specialization in the SMN for a real socio-economic impact, based on co-ownership and mutual benefits. Our partnership ensures coherence and complementarity with past and on-going regional EU-MPC cooperation initiatives and existing bilateral S&T Agreements. The project allows easily building of synergies among several ongoing initiatives thanks to the established Think Tanks Network of Science Counselors in the MPC area and the observatory of current initiatives. In this way, the project will seek continuous complementarity and coherence with the activities of the Strategic Forum for International Cooperation to enhance the cooperation and close synergies through the involvement of the widest possible range of stakeholders, from funding agencies, research organizations, industry to civil society. Therefore an enhanced and more reliable definition of the priority setting mechanisms in the region from an innovation point of view is expected. Through these activities and by the definition of a Join Action Plan, the project will effectively use the science diplomacy and facilitates the identification of remaining obstacles, conflicts for cooperation and support the R&I bilateral policy dialogue addressing sensitive challenges between EU and MPC through the dialogue and coordination platform that will be created.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-NCP | Award Amount: 1.14M | Year: 2012

The PEOPLE Programme under FP7 aims to strengthen the human potential in research and technology in Europe, by stimulating people to take up the profession of researchers, encouraging European researchers to stay in Europe, and attracting to Europe the best researchers from the entire world. The international dimension is well addressed by the Marie Curie Actions (MCAs) by providing a number of opportunities for Third Country researchers and organizations to collaborate with their European counterparts. While EU researchers and research organisations are generally aware of the opportunities provided by PEOPLE, there is still a need for wide promotion of MCAs to the scientific communities in Third Countries. This is important not only for the exchange of knowledge with those countries, but as an opportunity to attract researchers to Europe, and increase its scientific potential for facilitating the achievement of the ERA goals. In this respect the role played by National Contact Points (NCPs), as providers of information and assistance to potential applicants and contractors in on-going PEOPLE funded projects, is crucial. NCPs bridge the European and international research communities in order to raise awareness about the funding opportunities of MCAs, to advise and assist potential applicants in the preparation, submission and follow-up of grant applications, and to offer support during the execution of projects, especially with respect to the management and administrative aspects of projects. In this context, PeopleNetwork\ will focus on sharing good practices and promoting trans-national co-operation, by strengthening closer cooperation among PEOPLE National Contact Points. PeopleNetwork\ will facilitate the improvement of the overall quality of NCP services across and outside Europe in the area of mobility and increase the transparency of EU fellowships and training opportunities to ensure equal access for all, and it will serve as a bridge to the new programming of MSCA under H2020.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: ERA-NET-Cofund | Phase: WATER-3-2015 | Award Amount: 30.40M | Year: 2016

The WaterWorks2015 proposal responds to the Horizon 2020 (H2020) Societal Challenge 5 2015 Call topic Water-3 [2015]: Stepping up EU research and innovation cooperation in the water area. WaterWorks2015 aims at pooling resources from the 32 participating research programme owners / managers of 23 countries to implement a joint call for proposals, with EU co-funding in the area of sustainable water use in agriculture and forestry. Its a collaboration between the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs), Water JPI Water Challenges for a Changing World and FACCE JPI Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change. Achieving a sustainable water use in agriculture, to increase water use efficiency and reduce soil and water pollution is at the intersection of the two JPIs, contributing to the implementation of their respective Strategic Research Agendas. WaterWorks2015 includes 9 organisations from associated and third countries in an effort to reinforce international cooperation. Additional Activities will also be carried out to further support the implementation and strategy of the Water JPI. The overall aims include: Increasing the value of relevant national and EU R&D funding by concerted and joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes; Pooling financial resources from participating states towards the definition and implementation of a Co-funded transnational and multi-disciplinary Call for research and innovation proposals. The aim of the Call will be to support the implementation of initiatives and environmental policies, in particular those related to water and agriculture & forestry, as a way to increase water use efficiency and to reduce soil and water pollution; Overcoming the fragmentation of European water and agriculture/forestry-related research and innovation activities; Supporting the implementation and the development of the two Joint Programming Initiatives, seeking synergies in overlapping research issues.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2013-2.2 | Award Amount: 834.18K | Year: 2013

Considering Egypts research and political landscape, and with the aspiration to address the current challenges of STI cooperation, ShERACA\, is designed to support the institutional dialogue and foster the collaborative activities between Egypt and the EU in the fields of research and innovation. ShERACA is a word that means partnership in Arabic and is the acronym for Shaping Egypts association to the European Research Area and Cooperation Action. ShERACA\ builds on the activities and the lessons learned from the first BILAT project (ShERACA) while taking the EU-Egypt partnership a step further towards a sustained partnership in Horizon 2020. ShERACA\ denotes the continuation of the existing efforts while complementing it with broader ranges of activities anticipating future needs. The overall objective of ShERACA\ is to support the policy dialogue and contribute to the definition and implementation of joint strategic agendas for research, development and innovation between the European Union and Egypt. The specific objectives of the ShERACA\ derive primarily from the analysis and recommendations of the recent review study of the EU-Egypt S&T cooperation, the lessons learned from the first BILAT project (ShERACA), and the priorities identified in this call for proposals. Through its various activities, ShERACA\ will positively impact EU-Egypt STI cooperation capitalizing on the existing partnerships and programmes and paving the way towards new joint collaborative activities based on specific mutually identified societal challenges.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: GARRI-7-2014 | Award Amount: 2.00M | Year: 2014

Science with and for Society has a vital role to play in bringing together a wide range of stakeholders in order to build capacities and develop innovative ways to connect science to society through Responsible Research and Innovation measures. This demands that the Science with and for Society National Contact Points (NCPs) are able to orientate in the wide area of policy behind the programme, its topics and research areas as well as in Horizon 2020 rules and regulations and in addition, they need to have extensive knowledge of the different groups of stakeholders, in order to be able to fulfil their job. The proposal focuses on identifying and sharing good practices and raising the standard of proposals by organising joint activities of NCPs. The consortium ensures a balance of experienced NCPs and newcomers in order to build on knowledge and enhance skills and competences of all NCPs within the programme. This will result in more consistent and improved NCP services which will enhance participation in Science with and for Society calls.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO.2013-4.1 | Award Amount: 1.16M | Year: 2013

The European Union is a world leader in research and innovation, responsible for 24% of world expenditure on research and 32% of high impact publications. However, over the past decade, the emerging economies continue to strengthen their research and innovation systems, while global challenges are important drivers for research and innovation. The EU has long acknowledged the need for supporting international cooperation, and INCONTACT 2020 is exactly aiming to further reinforce this dimension of the EU framework programs. INCONTACT 2020, building upon the acknowledged work performed during the previous INCONTACT projects and upon the proven expertise of the INCONTACT consortium, plans several activities adapted to the transitional period between FP7 and Horizon 2020 and the new requirements of Horizon 2020. The project will keep promoting the International Dimension of the European Research Policy towards Horizon 2020 and will support the work of the national experts and of the newly established NCPs in third countries. The project will continue organising the INCO conference series, will support H2020 awareness activities around the world, by providing trainings and tools for capacity building and directly supporting the work of the national experts (e.g. INCO NCPs). Nonetheless, the positive effect of these efforts will not be limited to the third countries alone. EU experts and policy makers will be invited to follow and participate in the activities of the project in order to understand and support the International Activities of Horizon 2020.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2010.2.9-1 | Award Amount: 21.96M | Year: 2011

The proposed MATS Project aims at promoting the exploitation of concentrated solar energy through small and middle scale facilities, suitable to fulfil local requirements of power and heat, and easily to back-up with the renewable fuels locally already available or that can be expressly produced. The implementation of the project will allow to test the CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) technology in a location very advantageous with regard to the solar radiation rate as an example for the diffusion of this technology in other Mediterranean Countrie. Besides, it will represent the start-up for a development of specialized local industries. More in detail, the MATS project is focused on the innovative CSP technology developed by ENEA as an improvement of its Solar Thermodynamic technology based on molten salts as heat transfer fluid. This technology, referred as TREBIOS, allows combined heat and power production from solar source integrated with renewable fuels, such as biomass, biogas, industrial residues etc. by means of standardized units that provide high performances and limited cost. The objective of the proposal is the full scale demonstration of TREBIOS technology through the industrial development, the realization and the experimental operation of a multipurpose facility to be installed in Egypt. The thermal energy produced by this plant will be used as energy source in a desalination unit included in the installation, as well as for district heating and cooling. The use of suitable heat storage systems enhance mismatch of power production from the instantaneous solar radiation availability. These features enable electrical energy production on demand and the optimized utilization of captured solar heat by additional loads like desalination units. The integration with a back up fuel like biomass makes the system flexible and enables continuous power production

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