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Promotion of the participation of Researchers from Mediterranean Partner Countries to European Research and Mobility Programmes

Final Report Summary - PROMEDACCESS (Promotion of the participation of Researchers from Mediterranean Partner Countries to European Research and Mobility Programmes)

The PROMEDACCESS project aimed to increase the involvement of universities and institutions in Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs) in actions open to them under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research, technological development and demonstration activities such as Marie Curie actions, FP7 priorities, FP7 instruments and some higher education programmes dealing with research and the European Research Area (ERA). The actual insufficient uptake of these programmes by universities and institutions in MPCs is hampering the achievement of European policy goals with regard to research, the Euro-Mediterranean partnership and the neighbouring countries. PROMEDACCESS will be conducted in collaboration with the national Information Points (InPs) created by the SSAs Euro-MEDANet and Euro-MEDANet2. PROMEDACCESS organised training seminars for resource persons, who made up the nucleus of the guidance units (named as 'Europe units') within the MPC institutions. These resource persons:
(a) served as relays between teaching and research staff in their institution and the InPs;
(b) provided guidance to members of their universities working on projects financed by European funds; and
(c) facilitated the dissemination of InPs information concerning European Union (EU) calls for proposals.
The second overall objective was to gather information of interest to the European Union concerning Mediterranean networks of excellence in MPCs dealing with FP7 and the INCO-MED priorities in order to set up a 'partner search' functionality. Finally, an investigation of the difficulties in fulfilling certain eligibility criteria for FP7 actions and associated programmes was conducted and sent to the departments of EU DG Research in charge of these programmes.

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