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STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries – PLUS

The project 'STI International Cooperation Network for EaP 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 countries in Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

The six target countries on the eastern borders of the EU, i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, constitute a region of major importance for the Union, which is addressed by the Eastern Partnership initiative in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)


The strategic objective of the STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries –  PLUS project is to encourage the research and innovation cooperation between the EU and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and to address effectively current opportunities and remaining obstacles. This will be achieved through a coherent set of activities addressing, in parallel, research and innovation, as well as policy dialogue in a strongly interlinked and complementary way. 

Specific objectives of the project can be summarized as follows:

  • To actively support the policy dialogue in STI between the EU and the EaP countries with a particular emphasis on the Association to H2020 process and dedicated actions to maximize the benefits from it;
  • To boost interactions between researchers in the context of H2020 and beyond;
  • To promote innovation in the EaP countries, in a coherent and complementary way with major EU’s initiatives;
  • To improve the framework conditions and efficiency of the cooperation between EU and its individual Member States with the EaP countries aiming in particular to remove remaining obstacles and to create opportunities.

In parallel, the project will implement a coherent and state-of-the-art set of communication, dissemination and outreach activities in order to increase its visibility and impact.


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

(a)          strategic priority setting through supporting EU-EaP policy dialogue and through maximizing the impact of the association to Horizon 2020;

(b)          stronger interaction between researchers & participation in H2020, i.e. Info days, cooperation with scientific diaspora, and grants for networking;

(c)           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;

(d)          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;

(e)          communication and outreach through innovative actions

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Project duration: 30 Sep 2017 to 30 Aug 2019
Project funded by Horizon 2020
Project type: International Project
Eligible countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Republic of, Ukraine
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