Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: INT-02-2014 | Award Amount: 999.75K | Year: 2015
The MERID project (Middle East Research and Innovation Dialogue) proposes a comprehensive action to intensify and encourage research and innovation cooperation between the EU and the Middle East region, directly involving partners from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, directly involving partners from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. The project intends to build upon the experience carried out in countries of the region that have already participated in the previous framework programmes, and therefore are at a relatively advanced stage of research cooperation with Europe, like Egypt and Jordan. Attention is paid to calibrating in the most appropriate way the intervention logic of the project, adapting actions to the specific needs of the target countries and their research constituencies. The needs of Iran and Iraq will for sure prove different from those of countries where cooperation with the EU has a proven track record behind. The project is the first attempt to systematise support to the policy dialogue and involvement of research communities of Iran and Iraq in the H2020 programme, as well as an initiative that seeks to give continuity to collaboration frameworks already established between the EU and Middle East countries. The project has high potential to deliver long-lasting impact and structuring effects on cooperation between the EU and the Middle East region. It focuses on enhancing direct cooperation among researchers and on laying or consolidating preconditions, in the region, fostering joint research projects and initiatives with the EU, establishing optimal framework conditions for international cooperation and increasing coordination between policies and programmes. These objectives will be achieved through series of different on-line and in-person activities, among which are meetings of researchers, brokerage events, info-days, training and coaching, webinars and other tools, relevant for this project proposals.
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.
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.
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.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-39-2016-2017 | Award Amount: 800.00K | Year: 2016
IST-Africa (2016 - 2018) has 4 complimentary objectives focused on strengthening ICT-related research and innovation cooperation between Europe and Africa: 1) Foster greater coordination of research and innovation activities; 2) Strengthen research and innovation linkages, increase awareness of research and innovation capacity and cooperation opportunities, and support mutually beneficial collaboration; 3) Monitor research and innovation activities in 17 IST-Africa Partner Countries to identify and provide input on common R&D priorities and future cooperation opportunities; and 4) Promote participation in ICT-39-2017 and other relevant Horizon 2020 calls, disseminate results from ICT-39-2015 and other relevant calls. IST-Africa (2016 - 2018) leverages results and achievements from previous phases of IST-Africa to realise its objectives. Coordination will be undertaken through national Horizon 2020 Train-the-Trainer Workshops and stakeholder meetings. Help Desk activities, international conferences and engagement with African and European stakeholders will assist in strengthening research and innovation linkages. Surveys will be undertaken across the 17 participating African Member States to monitor ICT-related research and innovation activities, map research and innovation capacity, priorities and bilateral cooperation initiatives to support future planning. Relevant calls will be promoted and results disseminated through national and international dissemination channels, physical meetings and conference presentations. All activities are well aligned with the work programme priorities through the organisation of research and innovation events and conferences with policy dimensions, monitoring of research and innovation activities, identification of common R&D priorities, strengthening linkages, raising awareness of collaboration opportunities, dissemination of results and building on the achievements of an ongoing Support Action for Africa.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO.2012-1.1 | Award Amount: 4.50M | Year: 2013
In 2007, heads of state and government from Africa and Europe launched the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) formulated in response to geopolitical changes, globalisation and the processes of integration in Africa and Europe. At the heart of the JAES is an overtly political relationship and among the features distinguishing JAES from previous Africa-Europe policy initiatives is the associated action plan addressing eight priority areas for Africa-Europe cooperation. The contribution of scientific and technological research, development and innovation, and the centrality of capacity research for economic and social growth and poverty alleviation, and for addressing global societal challenges of mutual interest is explicit. The value of cooperation between the continents is central and under JAES has already led to significant achievements for mutual benefit. CAAST-Net Plus objectives encourage more and better bi-regional STI cooperation for enhanced outcomes around topics of mutual interest, and particularly in relation to the global societal challenges of climate change, food security and health. CAAST-Net Plus actions rely on bi-regional dialogue among stakeholders for gathering informed opinion and experience about the bi-regional cooperation process, formulating and disseminating it in such a way as to be admissible to the formal bi-regional STI policy dialogue process and to programme owners. Through informing the bi-regional policy dialogue for mutual learning and awareness, through building support for coordinated and innovative approaches to bilateral funding of bi-regional cooperation around global challenges, brokering the public-private relationship to foster improved uptake and translation of bi-regional research partnership outputs into innovative technologies, good and services, and through dedicated mechanisms to encourage bi-regional research partnerships, CAAST-Net Plus will make invaluable contributions to the quality and scope of the Africa-Europe STI relationship for mutual benefit.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2013.10.3 | Award Amount: 886.52K | Year: 2013
The main objectives of IST-Africa (2014 2015) are to Support implementation of Information Society, ICT and Innovation related aspects of the Africa EU Strategic Partnership and associated dialogues between the European Commission (EC) and EU Member States with the African Union Commission (AUC), African Member States and other Key Regional Organisations Foster partnerships between EU and African organizations in collaborative ICT Research and Innovation within Horizon 2020 & other relevant programmes Strengthen Increased Co-ordination at EU level with Horizon 2020 instruments (such as BILAT, INCO-NET and ERA-NET) as well as relevant EU Member State and Associated Countries Programmes to promote international CooperationIST-Africa (2014 2015) will achieve these goals by building on IST-Africas existing relationships, extensive international network, insight, credibility and goodwill to Strengthen international cooperation by promoting Information Society, ICT and Innovation related research cooperation between African and EU organizations under Horizon 2020 and other relevant programmes Organise the IST-Africa 2014 and IST-Africa 2015 Conferences in IST-Africa Partner Countries to facilitate international community building, partnership development and knowledge sharing with activities including two IST-Africa international research conferences and two IST-Africa Living Labs Thematic Working Group Meetings Organise Living Labs Participatory Workshops in IST-Africa Partner Countries to support cross-border knowledge sharing and wider adoption of Living Labs and Open Innovation Organise Horizon 2020 Training Workshops in IST-Africa Partner Countries to promote African participation and identify/validate national research capacity and priorities Organise 2 IST-Africa Promotion/Dissemination Workshops at key European conferences to raise wider international awareness of African research capacity and priorities Publish Analysis of Information Society and ICT Research and Innovation Capacities and Priorities, related Bilateral Agreements with EU Member States, and Profiles of Living Labs and Innovation Spaces in IST-Africa Partner Countries Contribute to European and African meetings supporting implementation of Information Society, ICT and Innovation related aspects of the Joint Africa EU Strategic Plan Maximize international impact by publishing reports, news, papers & presentations on IST-Africa portal
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: INCO.2013-2.2 | Award Amount: 853.68K | Year: 2013
The overall objective of the project FETRIC project is to improve the S&T cooperation between EU and Tunisia by strengthening bilateral cooperation between research and innovation actors, especially in the context of the upcoming Horizon 2020 programme and its future evolution. The project is divided into 5 work packages. - WP 1 is dedicated to support policy dialogue between Tunisia and the EU by gathering all the relevant bottom feedback from the project field and contributing to the preparation and implementation of the road map for future STI cooperation in a understandable form for policy-makers; - WP2 gives a special focus on the innovation processes in societal challenges of mutual interest such as Scarcity of resources, Energy (specifically renewable energy and energy saving) and High quality affordable food. After an in-depth analysis of the Tunisian STI system, a methodology will be applied to each of the identified societal challenges so as to bring research and innovation actors together and hence align EU Tunisia science, technology and innovation chain processes. - WP3 named Raising the EU- Tunisia S&T Cooperation aims at improving knowledge and skills on scientific and technological matters so as to improve the quality and number of partnerships involving both researchers and entrepreneurs from Tunisia and Europe. This will mainly be done through the building and improvement of technical and management skills in the Liaison Office and the Tunisian networks of multipliers it coordinates. - WP4 is dedicated to develop efficient Information, communication and dissemination activities to increasing the visibility of FETRIC activities to make them more easily available to the scientific and technological communities from Tunisia and EU; - Finally, WP 5 is dedicated to General management of projects activities and funds with the aim ensure the quality-control of action deliverables, including through an external review committee.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO.2012-1.3 | Award Amount: 4.48M | Year: 2013
The main aim of the Project is to contribute to the quality of the Euro-Mediterranean research area, with a particular focus on the bi-regional Euro-Mediterranean S&T cooperation, research & innovation, policy dialogue and cooperation monitoring. The proposal aims at tackling the key issues and policy objectives outlined in the Work Programme by creating a dialogue and coordination platform of governmental institutions, research organizations, associations and NGOs helping integrate society in the institutional dialogue. To this end, the Project foresees a comprehensive analysis of selected societal challenges and will address capacity building to increase research capacity, shared knowledge and cooperation. It will also support synergies and networking to strengthen joint activities and EU- MS-MPCs cooperation in EU programmes, as well as a monitoring of regional RTD cooperation and policies. In particular, the proposal is structured to address three societal challenges: energy, high quality affordable food, scarcity of resources. These challenges have been selected on the basis of the result of the long-standing and ongoing EU-MPCs policy dialogue and represent the most significant areas of common interest in current Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. The specific objectives of the Project are thus: enhancing EU-MPCs co-ownership in research cooperation; creating synergies in order to reduce fragmentation of research actions; involving the civil society in the institutional dialogue on research and innovation; developing cooperation instruments to tackle societal challenges with a view to sustainability; supporting research and innovation capacity building through comprehensive training and contributing build an Euro-Mediterranean shared knowledge space in order to develop common EU-MPCs planning capacity and a sustainable regional RDT policy and cooperation.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: SC5-12-2016 | Award Amount: 2.00M | Year: 2016
The 4PRIMA Coordination and Support Action will create the bases and will develop a set of activities aimed at supporting the establishment of a long-term, well-structured and integrated partnership for research and innovation (R&I) on food systems and water resources, among countries from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea (PRIMA Initiative). In order to enable a sustainable development in this area, 4PRIMA will facilitate the establishment of favourable and stable conditions for a reinforced international cooperation on food systems and water research, based on a better coordination, collective ownership of R&I programmes and, consequently, clear and tangible mutual benefits. 4PRIMA will develop a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and an associated implementation plan, as a result of an extensive participatory process that will target a critical mass of key players at international level and all relevant stakeholders of the food and water sectors. To achieve this main objective, 4PRIMA will take advantage of a wide portfolio of results and relationship generated in previous and on-going EU projects, as well as it will seek cooperation between EU and Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs), in coherence with the activities of the Strategic Forum for International Cooperation. Given the strategic relevance of an appropriate development and uptake of the SRIA to establish a long lasting partnership in the region, 4PRIMA science diplomacy actions will be essential to ensure the support to R&I policy dialogue addressing sensitive challenges between EU and MPCs. Moreover, in order to maximise its expected impact, 4PRIMA project will explore avenues for awareness raising and development of strategic alliances with key stakeholders, including EU, AC and MPCs countries that did not take part to the PRIMA joint programming process, with the goal to enlarge the participation to the PRIMA Initiative.