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ERANIS — Result In Brief

Project ID: 43564
Funded under: FP6-INCO
Country: Poland

When we all work together, we all pull ahead

Former Soviet-bloc countries, the so-called Newly Independent States (NIS), have tremendous human capital available for research and development (R&D) that is largely untapped. An EU-funded initiative provided a bridge between NIS and the EU, fostering scientific collaboration and facilitating access to funding.
When we all work together, we all pull ahead
Previous isolation of NIS from the EU resulted in inadequate knowledge of and access to EU funding and partnerships. The ‘Strengthening co-operation between European Research Area and NIS’ (Eranis) project was developed to foster participation of four NIS (Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine) in the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) via mentoring and collaboration on the part of EU Member States based on mutual research interests and strengths.

First, the researchers conducted benchmarking studies in each NIS partner to determine two FP7 areas for each country with the greatest R&D potential. They then evaluated the corresponding sectors in each country to assess previous scientific work, current state of R&D and specific competencies of the main scientific institutions.

The Eranis project conducted three rounds of workshops, covering topics such as project preparation, partnership building, budget preparation and project management. Following the training activities of the workshops, the researchers organised a large-scale brokerage event focused on four FP7 thematic priorities identified within the benchmarking studies: Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy (KBBE), Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Materials and New Production Technologies (NMP) and Energy.

the goal was to facilitate networking between NIS and EU partners for future joint proposal preparation and submission. In fact, several FP7 projects have been proposed as a result of Eranis consulting and training activities. The online registration database continues to provide an efficient partner search system for future projects.

thus, the Eranis project significantly increased awareness on the part of NIS regarding FP7 funding and enhanced international collaboration. The outcomes will certainly have positive impact on the quality of international R&D, providing proof of the old adage that when we all work together we all pull ahead.

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