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LSH-ACC-MENTOR — Result In Brief

Project ID: 512010
Funded under: FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH
Country: Greece

Health and LifeSci research to multiply

A drive to encourage new and upcoming EU countries to strengthen research in life sciences and health opens new avenues for research, development and a more robust economy.
Health and LifeSci research to multiply
Life sciences and health, known as LifeSciHealth (LSH) for short, represent an important academic and economic gateway for new EU countries to shine as they integrate into the bloc. This holds particularly true for EU Associate or Accession Candidate Countries (ACCs) which possess much unrealised potential in the field.

The EU-funded project 'Mentoring of LifeSciHealth-multipliers in the Accession Candidate Countries' (LSH-ACC-Mentor) sought to facilitate the integration of ACCs into the EU's LSH arena with a view to strengthening the European Research Area (ERA).

The project held three successful mentoring workshops with stakeholders (multipliers) from target countries, as revealed through assessment questionnaires and improved participant knowledge. Through one-on-one mentoring and group meetings, the LSH multipliers were trained on how to participate in EU-funded projects and reap the rewards.

Meanwhile, the EU's National Contact Points (NCPs) in the different ACCs reported a high success rate in achieving the aims of the project and underlined the strong participation from concerned stakeholders. A major achievement of the project has been the establishment of a database on research and development (R&D) organisations in target countries that would feed EU-funded LSH initiatives. Overall, the database, workshops, new partner matches, project website and subsequent exchanges have paved the way for a much stronger LSH environment in a growing EU.

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