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"EaP PLUS", a new coordination and support action (CSA) funded by the EU"s Framework Programme "Horizon 2020" has been launched on 1 September 2016. The 17 partners of the project will convene a kick-off meeting on 26 September, in Athens Greece.
EaP PLUS, or STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries – PLUS, aims to stimulate cooperation between researchers from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and EU Member States (MS) and enhance the active participation of the EaP countries in the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.
Building on the results of the predecessor FP7 project "IncoNet EaP", EaP PLUS will eliminate remaining obstacles to EU-EaP STI cooperation through a number of innovative and targeted actions:
Coordinator of EaP PLUS is Dr. George Bonas, Managing Director of the Centre for Regional & International STI Studies & Support - CeRISS. The consortium of EaP PLUS consists of 17 experienced partners presenting a broad geographic coverage and complementary competences.
Partners from 14 countries are participating in the consortium with good balance between EU and EaP partners: 9 from EU MS and 8 from EaP countries. Two of the partners possess an international character, namely the International Centre for Black Sea Studies – ICBSS located in Greece and the European Business and Innovation Centre Network – EBN located in Belgium.
The eight institutions from all the six EaP countries participating in the project include public authorities/funding agencies (UKRTECHNIFORM acting on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Science/UA; SRNSF/GE; SDF-AZ/AZ), research organizations (NASU/UA, NAS-RA/AM, CIP on behalf of the Academy of Sciences/MD, BelISA/BY) and civil society (ICARTI/GE).
On the EU side, the consortium includes partners from 8 MS i.e. Austria (ZSI), Belgium (EBN), France (Inno TSD), Germany (DLR), Greece (CeRISS), Hungary (RCISD), Poland (IPPT-PAN) and Portugal (SPI), who have experience as: a) responsible drivers of international STI cooperation with the EaP region; b) innovation specialists and members of important EU innovation networks; c) NCPs.
The project has a 36-month duration ending on 31 August 2019.