27.01.2014 - 29.01.2014 | Almaty and Astana

Horizon 2020 Information Days in Kazakhstan

Horizon 2020, the new Framework Programme of the European Union on research and innovation for 2014-2020 has for the first time been introduced to researchers, innovators and SME representatives of Kazakhstan. The frst information days on Horizon 2020 took place in Kazakhstan on January 27 in Almaty at the Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi, and on January 29 in Astana at the Kazakh Agrotechnology University named after Seifullin. The infodays were organised by IncoNet-CA project and InExCB-KZ.
There were about 400 participants at the event in Almaty and about 300 attendees in Astana. More than 60 different institutions and SMEs were represented at the events, including all leading universities, state and private technology and innovation companies, state bodies responsible for technological development in the country. As Kazakhstan now is developing its own State Programme on Accelerated Industrial Innovation Development more and more institutions demand new knowledge. Therefore local scientists, researchers and innovators are highly interested in developing cooperation within Horizon 2020 projects with their colleagues in the EU and around the globe.

About 300 participants attended InfoDay in Astana on 29th February © Sulushash Magziyeva | InExCB-KZ
About 300 participants attended the Info Day in Astana on 29th February © Sulushash Magziyeva | InExCB-KZ

Kazakhstani researchers were always actively participating in FP4, FP5, FP6 and FP7. Now as the government encourages all companies in the country to become more efficient and innovative all stakeholders see a great opportunity in the new Framework Programme Horizon 2020 and welcome its updated setup. Most important priorities for the Kazakh community fit to three social challenges highlighted by H2020 and to Marie Sklodovska-Curie Actions. Main questions of the participants of both events concerned to issues how to find appropriate calls and eligible partners, how to wire successful proposal, and what is new rules for participants. Dr. Zygmunt Krasinski, IPPT-PAN, and Dr. Kamila Magzieva, InExCB-Kz, answered to all of the questions in their presentations, which will soon by availabe for download in Russian (see below).

Spakers at the Horizon2020 Info Day in Astana 2014 © Sulushash Magziyeva | InExCB-KZ

The Info Day in Astana was opened by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Akhylbek Kurishbayev. A short speech about EU-KZ cooperation in H2020 was done by the First Deputy to the Head of the EU Delegation in Kazakhstan, Dr. Kamen Velichkov © Sulushash Magziyeva | InExCB-KZ

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in his Address to the People of Kazakhstan in January 2014 said that by 2050 there will be 50% of GDP provided by SMEs.  In order to reach there Kazakhstan has to increase funding of science up to 3% of GDP and labour productivity 5-fold from current US$ 24 500 to US$126 000. GDP per capita has to increase from current US$13 000 to US$60 000. The only way to get there is to develop non-primary sectors of economy based on science and high technologies that should allow Kazakhstan to increase the share of non-primary export up to 70% of its total export volume.

Kazakhstani research and business community appreciate the activity of InExCB-KZ as hosting organization of Horizon 2020 that provides the most up to date information both in English and in Russian languages to facilitate the process of understanding all requirements and rules of new Framework Programme.


Source: Dr Kamila Magzieva, National Coordinator FP7-NCP-Kz, Director InExCB-Kz


  • Press Release in Russian

    [PDF - 1.05 MB]

    (download press release in Russian incl. photos) (URL: http://www.increast.eu/_media/Horizon_2020_Infodays_in_Kazakhstan-Rus.pdf)

  • Press Release in English

    [PDF - 1,023.6 kB]

    (download press release in English incl. photos) (URL: http://www.increast.eu/_media/Horizon_2020_Infodays_in_Kazakhstan_Eng.pdf)