31.05.2016 | Tbilisi, Georgia

Horizon 2020 Association Workshop held in Georgia

On 31 May 2016, a workshop about Georgia’s association with Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation, was held at the Ministry of Education and Science. The event was organised by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the practical aspects of participation in Horizon 2020 by Georgian scientists with policy makers and organisations from the field of technology and innovation.

The event was attended by representatives of the EU Research and Innovation Directorate, which are directly involved in the developing of collaboration with Eastern Partnership countries. During the workshop the following topics were discussed:

  • priorities of EU's framework programme for research and innovation,
  • ongoing and planned calls,
  • network of national contact points and mechanisms of its improvement,
  • information about submitting project proposal,
  • financial regulations,
  • individual programs such as: Marie Skladowska Curie Action, and
  • funding opportunities in the framework of European Research Council (ERC).

The representatives of the European Commission expressed recommendations about specific steps that must be taken by the state to support Georgia’s integration into Horizon 2020 and effective use of the program by the Georgian scientists.

The event was also attended by Georgia’s Horizon 2020 National Contact Points, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, and Georgia’s Innovation and Technologies Agency (GITA).

During the workshop representatives of Horizon 2020 associated countries made presentations about their countries' participation in the EU's framework programme for research and innovation and discussed the challenges their countries faced during the first phase of the association with Horizon 2020.

The workshop was held in the framework of EU funded project IncoNet EaP ('STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries').

Source: Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation