13.10.2016 - 14.10.2016 | Baku, Azerbaijan

Workshop on 'Preparing the inclusion of Black Sea and Eastern Partnership Countries in Thematic COFUND ERANETs'

A 'Workshop for the Participation of Non-EU Black Sea and EaP Countries in Thematic COFUND ERANETs & JPIs' took place on 13-14 October 2016, in Baku, Azerbaijan. This event marked an important step towards the association of Black Sea and Eastern Partnership countries to Horizon 2020. It served both as an informative meeting for ERANET/JPI schemes, as well as a networking event with EU Member State funding agencies in view of increasing the participation of Black Sea/EaP countries in ongoing or forthcoming co-funding schemes.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss on the modalities of participation in thematic COFUND ERANETs and to reach ou to the research funding agencies and ministries of the non-EU Black Sea and Eastern Partnership countries. The event brought local funding agencies interested in participating in specific ongoing or forthcoming ERANETs & JPIs in touch with the ERANETs’ & JPIs' coordinators to discuss the potential inclusion of these countries in ERANETs & JPIs.

The workshop was structured into four sessions:

  • Session I: COFUND ERANETs & JPIs as a Scheme of research cooperation beyond the EU
  • Session II: ERANETs & JPIs in practice
  • Session III: Non-EU BS & EaP Funding Agencies – Program funding, participation and experience in previous ERANETs & JPIs
  • Session IV: Open Discussion on perspectives of participation of non-EU BS/ EaP countries to COFUND ERANETs/JPIs

Representatives of ERANETs and JPIs shared their experience with funding agencies from the Black Sea and EaP countries and discussed on modalities for participation; stages in the development of an ERA-NET/JPI that a country can be involved; necessary commitments for participation; assessment of perspectives for participation. 

Main organisers of this meeting were the  Centre for Regional & International STI Studies & Support – CeRISS (Greece) and the Science Development Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The event took place in the frame of the Black Sea Horizon and IncoNet EaP projects.

Presentations and photos:

Expanding S&T Synergies