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Intensifying ERA in Western Balkan Countries

Objective

The ERA WESTBALKAN+ project s main objective is to intensify the opening up of the ERA to the Western Balkan Countries (WBC) of Serbia, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Croatia as an ACC through trans-regional network building of research centres in WBC with their counterparts in Austria, Slovenia and Greece.

This is achieved through a series of visits of WBC researchers to European colleagues and so-called Get in Touch Meetings, with the aim of supporting the development of joint project proposals. Through ERA WESTBALKAN+ the network of NCPs from the Western Balkan Countries and their links to NCPs in Member States and Candidate Countries will be substantially strengthened. The NCPs will participate in core events related to EU RTD cooperation and in a traineeship in Brussels, where they will meet with and deepen the connections to European institutions.

ERA WESTBALKAN+ will enhance the participation of the Western Balkan RTD community in FP7 by providing targeted information and training for NCPs and the specific RTD client groups. Communication with clients and consulting skills will be developed in the course of these activities, thus through the ERA WESTBALKAN+ project the knowledge, capabilities and skills of WBC NCPs as competent service- and information providers will be strengthened.

Data on the RTD landscape of Croatia and Albania will be integrated into the existing online database RTD in Westbalkan, which currently contains information on RTD key players from the other WBC. Further data collection is planned to provide a complete picture of the research landscapes of all WBC.

Both, the client base, which entries will be doubled, together with the implementation of appropriate tools for customer relations management, lay the basis for better success in FPs and a structured client approach. Thus, ERA WESTBALKAN+ will make the research potential of the Western Balkans both visible and accessible.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-INCO-COMULTILATRTD/SSA-5
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Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action
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Coordinator

ÖSTERREICHISCHE FORSCHUNGSFÖRDERUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Address
Sensengasse 1
Vienna
Austria

Participants (9)

NATIONAL DOCUMENTATION CENTRE/NHRF
Greece
Address
Vas. Constantinou Avenue, 48
Athens
MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Slovenia
Address
Trg Of 13
Ljubljana
MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
Address
Nemanjina 22-26
Belgrade
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE
Address
"Ilinden" Bb
Skopje
FONDACIJA ZA VISOKO OBRAZOVANJE SVJETSKI UNIVERZITETSKI SERVIS BOSNE I HERCEGOVINE
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Address
Zmaja Od Bosne 8
Sarajevo
AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC, EDUCATIONAL, CULTURAL AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION OF MONTENEGRO
Address
Njegoseva 2
Podgorica
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE OF ALBANIA
Albania
Address
Street Durresi, 23
Tirana
MINISTRY OF SCIENCE, EDUCATION AND SPORTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
Croatia
Address
Strossmayerov Trg 4
Zagreb
HELMHOLTZ-GEMEINSCHAFT DEUTSCHER FORSCHUNGSZENTREN E.V.
Germany
Address
Ahrstrasse 45
Bonn