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General Information
Programme: 
H2020
Project duration: 
Thursday, 1 September, 2016 to Saturday, 31 August, 2019
Project website: 
Total budget: 
€1.569.078
EU Contribution: 
€1.569.078
Partnership Composition: 
Organisation nameFunctionCountryWebsite linkIs Cluster Organisation ?
CERISS
Coordinator
Greece
No
BelISA
Partner
Belarus
No
CIP
Partner
Moldova, Republic of
No
DLR
Partner
Germany
No
EBN
Partner
Belgium
No
ICARTI
Partner
Georgia
No
ICBSS
Partner
Greece
No
INNO TSD
Partner
France
No
IPPT PAN
Partner
Poland
No
NAS RA
Partner
Armenia
No
NASU
Partner
Ukraine
No
RCISD
Partner
Hungary
No
SDF-AZE
Partner
Azerbaijan
No
SRNSF
Partner
Georgia
No
SPI
Partner
Portugal
No
UKRTECHINFORM
Partner
Ukraine
No

The project 'STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries Plus (EaP PLUS)' aims to stimulate cooperation between researchers from the EaP countries and EU MS and enhance the active participation of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries in Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

Building on the results of the predecessor FP7 project 'IncoNet EaP', the project will eliminate remaining obstacles to EU-EaP STI cooperation through a number of innovative and targeted actions:

  1. strategic priority setting through supporting EU-EaP policy dialogue and through maximizing the impact of the Association to Horizon 2020, i.e. Conference on “Sharing Experiences from the Association” and Workshop dedicated to Programme Committee members from EaP countries
  2. stronger interaction between researchers & participation in H2020, i.e. Info days, cooperation with scientific diaspora, and targeted grants for networking
  3. promotion of the research innovation interface supporting communities of excellence, i.e. co-patenting analyses, clustering schemes, promotion of the technology platforms concept to EaP countries
  4. enhancing optimal framework conditions and increasing coordination in policies and programmes through training seminars for STI policymakers, increased coordination and synergies between policies and programmes of EU/MS and EaP, i.e. JPIs, COST, national programmes
  5. communication and outreach through innovative actions, including social media

Through this coherent set of activities the output of EaP PLUS project will impact at both the policy and the operational levels, i.e. policy makers, researchers and innovation actors. In parallel, the project will be in close interaction with the civil society in a two-way exchange in order to detect trends and to promote the importance of the EU – EaP STI cooperation.

The project is open to synergies within its framework to support EU-EaP collaboration and the promotion of the clustering concept within the EaP countries. For any queries or synergy ideas, please contact the project coordinator, Dr George Bonas

Cluster-related achievements:

The cluster landscape in EaP countries is still in the initial phase of development, despite expressions of  political will and initiatives aiming to cluster policy makers, association of businesses, innovative enterprises and academia (such as the light technology cluster established in Belarus that started in January 2015; the innovative agro-clusters initiatives in Ukraine; etc.). In this framework, EaP PLUS aims at strengthening clusters and cluster-like organisations in EaP countries by transferring EU’s good practices and facilitating sustainable inter-cluster cooperation between EU and EaP clusters or cluster like organisations.

To this end, EaP PLUS has implemented:

These activities will be followed-up by a workshop taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia on the 11-12th of July 2018, involving the grant recipient clusters to share their experiences from collaboration with EU clusters under the scheme. The workshop will contribute to the preparation of a comprehensive report on the cluster activity and potential in EaP countries with emphasis on the collaboration between EU and EaP concerning clustering.

For other project achievements please see: https://www.eap-plus.eu/project/impact_and_results