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1 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation IGLO Open Brussels, 3 February2015 EU Research and Innovation cooperation with EaP countries Thierry Devars European Commission DG Research and Innovation

2 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation S&T landscape: -same tradition of S&T excellence; same difficulties (scarcity of funding, brain drain/ human capital issues, centralised systems,…) - different levels of modernisation efforts, policy reforms + framework conditions for innovation, private sector involvement and development Differences in terms of size, population, resources, stage of economic and institutional development + relations vis à vis EU and Russia

3 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation Policy Framework - Common Knowledge and Innovation Space (CKIS)= key priority of the European Neighbourhood Policy (Warsaw EaP Summit, 09/2011) -New EU international cooperation strategy in research and innovation (COM O9/2012): facilitate the integration of ENP countries into the ERA -Lithuanian Presidency Conference EEAP 2013, (Vilnius 09/2013) -Outcome of the 3rd EaP Summit (Vilnius, 11/2013): differentiation/more-for-more principle -Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine; 06/2014)

4 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation Building-up on previous initiatives -Results from several platforms to promote regional cooperation: INCONET EECA (White paper); INCONET CA/SC; BS-ERA-NET, … -Outcome of policy stakeholders conferences; mapping activities; scientific workshops -Experience from technical assistance programmes, TAIEX missions, Twinning activities + Bilateral EU MSs programmes -FP7 results

5 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation FP Specific Programme Participations Number of projects Cooperation People Capacities Euratom1310 Eastern Partnership countries (EaP) Total of 535 participations in 427 FP7 projects - Participation Projects

6 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation FP7 financial aspects

7 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation FP Cooperation + Capacities + Euratom : Stakeholders from 85 countries in projects including EaP partners Total of 3171 participations

8 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation FP7 SP cooperation 217 participations in 126 projects

9 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation FP7 SP cooperation Participant Country Name ENERGYENVHEALTHICTKBBENMPSECSPASSHTPT Grand Total Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Georgia Moldova Ukraine Grand Total

10 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation Issues - Need to further increase application/ success rate - Low industry (and SMEs in particular) participation - Lack of coherence between identified potential and actual thematic participation : need for more strategic and focused approach and promotion activities Cooperation based on mutual interests: mapping strategies and strengths in Horizon 2020

11 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation Participation+success rate : ERA-WIDE projects ( ) Twinnings between leading EaP research organisations and several peers in Europe Definition of a joint cooperation strategy Training, staff exchanges, joint experiments Promotion activities, workshops Examples : IPERA (Institute for Physical Research, NAS Armenia); SENS-ERA (Georgian Technical University); NANOTWINNING (Institute of Physics, Ukraine)

12 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation Industry involvement : R2I projects ( ) Based on the ERA-WIDE twinning model, regional scope Network different actors of the knowledge value chain : research-industry partnerships Focus on a single challenge Identify concrete opportunities /bottlenecks related to knowledge transfer and exploitation Capacity-building, staff mobility schemes, innovation vouchers Provision of actual innovation support services

13 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation EaP R2I cluster: 6 regional projects Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources Security Agri-food & Forest and wood

14 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation Strategic approach: BILAT/INCONET ( ) - Bilateral level: BILAT UKR*AINA + promotion of bilateral cooperation with Ukraine (S&T Agreement) + supports Joint S&T Cooperation Committee + 4 joint priorities : new materials, biotechnology, health, transport (aeronautics) - Regional level: INCONET EaP + reference coordination platform for mobilizing stakeholders on the ground (e.g. H2020 opportunities) + specific focus on energy, climate change, health + synergies (Black Sea, Danube, Central Asia..) + direct support to the Panel implementation - New BILAT + New INCONET expected out of 2015 Call ( )

15 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation Strategic approach: new EaP R&I Panel - Research and Innovation Panel implemented through the EaP Platform 4 + launch of a bi-regional policy dialogue gathering officials and experts from EU Member States and the 6 EaP countries + co-ownership, mutual interests + definition of a regional cooperation roadmap + 2 Panel meetings 13/11/2013; 21/05/2014 : elaboration of a joint strategy to boost the cooperation Next meeting: 26 March 2015, Brussels

16 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation EaP R&I Panel: joint roadmap - 3 priority challenges for collaborative R&I activities: health; energy; climate/environment + particular focus on ICT and nanotechnologies -4 cross-cutting priorities to improve framework conditions for cooperation: -Sharing best practices on R&I management +regional evaluation platform -Technical assistance/training to improve national R&I systems -Mobility of researchers + research infrastructures (regional network of Centres of Excellence) -Promoting EaP participation in EU clusters and technology platforms, PPPs

17 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation regional interconnection with GEANT -launch: 4th EaP Summit in Riga, May st phase: 13M€, 3 years

18 Policy Research and Innovation Research and Innovation Bilateral/Regional level: differentiation Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs): Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine Protocols covering participation to EU programmes: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine Association to Horizon 2020 (Art 7 of the programme regulation) -Moldova: Associated to FP7 ( ); Association to H2020 effective since January Ukraine: bilateral S&T Agreement; negotiation on association to H2020 concluded, Association to be signed on 20 March 2015, Ukrainian entities can already participate in 2015 calls with an associated country status -Armenia: 1st negotiation meeting planned on 10 February Georgia: request for Association to H2020 positively assessed, negotiations also expected in February 2015

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