| Deadline: 7 December 2016

Black Sea Horizon Grant Scheme to facilitate the participation of Black Sea countries in Brokerage Events

This grant scheme financially supports the participation of local researchers from Black Sea countries in brokerage events related to Horizon2020 in the EU Member States or Associated Countries. Such events will allow researchers to network with EU consortia, to build-up partnerships for subsequent joint research activities and to make their institutions and/or their research networks better known.
The thematic priorities of the Call are the following three topics:
  • Sustainable agriculture,
  • Resource efficiency in relation to water / water management, and
  • Applied chemistry & smart materials.

Maximum funding per grant is 1000 EUR.

The Black Sea Horizon project has developed a grant scheme to financially support the participation of local researchers from Black Sea countries in large-scale brokerage events and other similar activities in EU Member States or Associated Countries, which are related to Horizon 2020. Such events provide an excellent arena for researchers to liaise and develop synergies, therefore the participation of researchers from the targeted countries will increase their opportunities to get involved and be taken on board in consortia set up in EU MS/AC countries. It will also allow the researchers to make their institutions and/or their research networks better known to the scientific community.

The thematic priorities of the call are the three topics identified as a result of the previous task T3.1, namely 'Sustainable agriculture', 'Resource efficiency in relation to water / water management' and 'Applied chemistry & smart materials'. The proposed list of events will be: Networking events, Brokerage events organised by the European Commission, large international events organised by other European networks (e.g Enterprise Europe Network). Partners based in BS region are also free to identify events of high importance which will be also considered eligible.

Please find attached:

  • Guidelines for Applicants
  • Application form 
  • Follow-up report form
  • Invoice template

Eligibility criteria

These criteria have to be met in order to be eligible for participation:

  • Be a member or an employee of a research institution/organization and/or of a network of organizations and/or of a higher education institution and/or of an SME-enterprise working on research. The aim is that the participation will have a multiplier effect in the country and/or region.
  • Conduct research at the above mentioned organisation in one of the partner countries(AR, AZ, BY, GE, MO, TR, UA)
  • Submit a completely filled in application form along with all the required documentation.
  • Have a PhD degree and/or at least three years’ full time experience in research.
  • Carry out research in one of the three targeted thematic focuses: sustainable agriculture, resource efficiency in relation to water / water management or applied chemistry & smart materials.
  • Speaking fluent English.
  • Specify at least one call anticipated in H2020 Work Programme for 2016-17, which is in the focus of their scientific research and fit for consortium-building
  • Some international experience (already existing contacts in other countries, participation in previous international conferences and collaborations, etc.).
  • Commitment to participate in Horizon2020 calls.

Evaluation criteria

  • Scientific excellence/Research performance (publications, patents, project, etc.) (50% of the score)
  • Previous international cooperation activities (projects and/or structured cooperation with other countries; trainings abroad; participation in international conferences, etc.) (15% of the score)
  • Commitment to take full advantage of the participation in the event: expected outcome, concrete plans for cooperation, participation in Horizon2020 calls should be described in more detail  including also the expected number of contacts established directly in brokerage/matching sessions, planned signed letters of agreement.  (35% of the score)

Additional evaluation criteria

  • Gender: Encouragement of female researchers to participate
  • Encouragement of young researchers (under 40)


Deadline for submission:                            7th December 2016 
Latest date of the selected event:              30th April 2017

Recommended Events

Please find recomended events below (related entries) and on the Black Sea Horizon website. Further events are available here:


Please get in touch with the Local Partner in your country for any questions regarding the eligibility criteria and the application process:

For general enquiries you can also contact:

Zita Buday
Senior International Expert
Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development, RCISD
H-1021 Budapest, Hűvösvölgyi út 54. V./1
E-mail: zita.buday@rcisd.eu

For full call information (including evaluation process, funding requirements and the full set of call related documents) wisit the Black Sea Horizon website.

Source: Black Sea Horizon