| Project of the Month - June 2012

IncoNet EECA

June 2012 was the final month for IncoNet EECA, the S&T; International Cooperation Network for Eastern European and Central Asian countries. Time to highlight the achievements of the project, including 5 highly aclaimed EU-EECA Policy Stakeholders' Conferences, numerous information and training events in EECA countries, analytical reports to back future policy endeavours, a White Paper on the chances and challenges of EU-EECA STI cooperation and more. IncoNet EECA has also been running this web portal, a task which will be continued by its sister project IncoNet CA/SC (IncoNet for Central Asian and South Caucasus countries).


Project profile

Full name: S&T; International Cooperation Network for Eastern European and Central Asian countries
Project acronym: IncoNet EECA
Project reference: 212226
Project start: 01-01-2024
Project end: 30-06-2023
Total cost: EUR 4 013 833
EU contribution: EUR 3 549 999

Project website: www.inco-eeca.net
EU-EECA S&T; info portal run by the project: incrEAST.eu

Project outline

The partnership between the countries of the European Union and Eastern Europe/Central Asia (EECA) is of utmost importance for the political, economic and social development of both regions. Linking the scientific potential and resources has a huge impact on economic growth, social prosperity and welfare as well as public stability. The EU and EECA countries have significant potentials both in terms of the strong academic community and of worldwide leading S&T; institutes in a variety of scientific disciplines.

In order to make optimum use of each others academic strengths, to share respective resources and to prepare the ground for a joint transfer of academic results to national, regional and worldwide markets there is a strong bi-regional interest in enhancing S&T; cooperation. Although the S&T; cooperation between the EU Member States, Associated Countries and the EECA partner countries is quite developed, there is still much room for its further development addressing each others priorities as well as global challenges and building on national, bilateral and Community instruments. The IncoNet EECA project aimed to facilitate a coordination of S&T; policies building on common interest and aiming at mutual benefit in order to strengthen the cooperation between EU and EECA.

Project partners


International Centre for Black Sea Studies ICBSS (Greece)


  • Armenia: Centre of Ideas and Technologies CIT
  • Austria: Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG
  • Austria: Centre for Social Innovation ZSI
  • Azerbaijan: Presidium of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences ANAS
  • Belarus: Belarusian Institute of System Analysis and Science & Technology Information Support BellSA
  • Bulgaria: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences BAS
  • Estonia: Archimedes Foundation ARCHIMEDES
  • Finland: Academy of Finland AKA
  • France: European Network for Quality of Higher Engineering Education for Industry ENQHEEI
  • Georgia: Georgian National Science Foundation GNSF
  • Germany: International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the Project Management Agency c/o German Aerospace Center DLR
  • Greece: Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas HELP-FORWARD
  • Kasakhstan: Independent Expert Consulting Board to Promote Scientific Research Activity in Kazakhstan InExCB-Kz
  • Moldova: Academy of Sciences of Moldova ASM
  • Norway: The Research Council of Norway RCN
  • Poland: National Contact Point for Research Programmes of the EU IPPT-PAN
  • Romania: National School of Political Studies and Public Administration NSPSPA
  • Russia: State University - Higher School of Economics HSE
  • Ukraine: The National Information Centre for Ukraine - EU S&T; Cooperation at Kyiv State Center for Scientific, Technical and Economic Information NIP
  • Turkey: The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey TUBITAK


Poilcy Stakeholders' Conferences (PSCs):

Participants at the PSC in Warsaw, 2011 / source: Polish NCP for Research Programmes of the EU

  • 5th Policy Stakeholders' Conference:
    'EU-EECA cooperation in the innovation sector: Bi-regional responses to major societal and economic challenges'
    Kiev, Ukraine, 25-26 April 2012
  • 4th Policy Stakeholders' Conference:
    'EU-EECA Cooperation in Research and Innovation: The way towards 2020'
    Warsaw, Poland, 15-16 November 2011
  • 3rd Policy Stakeholders Confernce:
    'Evaluation approaches in S&T; policy making: sharing good practices'
    Astana, Kazahstan, 26-27 May 2011 (organised by sister project IncoNet CA/SC)
  • 2nd Policy Stakeholders' Conference:
    'Best Practices in Science, Technology and Innovation Policies'
    Moscow, Russia, 7-8 April 2010
  • 1st Policy Stakeholders' Conference:
    'EU-EECA S&T; cooperation: the way forward'
    Athens, Greece, 16-17 June 2009

Please donwload the conclusions of these conferences from the right side bar.

Other events:

NCP trainings, brokerage events, thematic workshops, participation in science exhibitions – the event archive of IncoNet EECA lists more than 40 events since the kick-off meeting of the project on 16-18 January 2008.

White Paper:

The 'White Paper on Opportunities and Challenges in View of Enhancing the EU Cooperation with Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South Caucasus in Science, Research and Innovation' provides a picture of the S&T; landscape in EU and in EECA and, moreover, on a series of Challenges and Recommendations to address jointly in the frame of the EU-EECA International S&T; cooperation.

It was first presented at the 4th EU-EECA Polcy Stakeholders' Conference in Warsaw in November 2011 in a draft version. The discussions at this conference were complemented by an extensive consultation process, in which EU-EECA experts and the interested public were invited to contribute to the recommendations of the White Paper. This feedback was used to consolidate the document.

The final version of April 2012 is available both for download and in print.

Deliverables & info materials:

The project's deliverables include a number of analytical papers, reports from various projects events and other useful materials. Many of them are available to the public.

Please visit the deliverables web page of IncoNet EECA.

IncoNet EECA's Central Information Office (contact data: see below) also publishes the incrEAST newsletter and other info materials, which are available from the 'newsletters and print' section of this web portal.


Project Coordinator:

ICBSS - International Centre for Black Sea Studies
Dr. George Bonas
S&T; Advisor

4 Xenophontos Str.
10557 Athens, Greece
phone: +30 210 3242 321
fax: +30 210 3242 244

Central Information Office:

International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
at the Project Management Agency c/o German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
D-53227 Bonn, Germany
phone: +49 228 3821 1498
fax: +49 228 3821 1444

Mrs. Maria Josten:
Ms. Stephanie Franke:



  • Project Achievements

    [PDF - 752.7 kB]

    (published September 2012) (URL: https://increast.eu/_media/IncoNet_EECA_Project_achievements.pdf)

  • Project Factsheet

    [PDF - 206.5 kB]

    (updated October 2011) (URL: https://increast.eu/_media/INCO-NET_EECA_factsheet_2011_EN.pdf)

  • White Paper

    [PDF - 4.21 MB]

    (The annex to the WP and further documents are available from the 'current information' section of this web portal) (URL: https://increast.eu/_media/White_Paper_on_EU-EECA_Cooperation_in_STI_final_April2012.pdf)

  • Conclusions PSC Kiev 2012

    [PDF - 797.6 kB]

    (URL: https://increast.eu/_media/PSC_Kiev_conclusions_final_for_web.pdf)

  • Conclusions PSC Warsaw 2011

    [PDF - 1.19 MB]

    (URL: https://increast.eu/_media/PDF_Conclusions_Warsaw_2011_for_web.pdf)

  • Conclusions PSC Astana 2011

    [PDF - 1,009.9 kB]

    (This event was organised by IncoNet CA/SC) (URL: https://increast.eu/_media/Conclusions_Astana_2011_for_web.pdf)

  • Conclusions PSC Moscow 2010

    [PDF - 454.1 kB]

    (URL: https://increast.eu/_media/PSC_Moscow_2010_conclusions_for_web.pdf)

  • Conclusions PSC Athens 2009

    [PDF - 406.0 kB]

    (URL: https://increast.eu/_media/PSC_Arthens_2008_conclusions_for_web.pdf)