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ShERACA Plus — Result In Brief

Project ID: 609574
Funded under: FP7-INCO
Country: Egypt
Domain: Society, Fundamental Research , Industry, Information and communication technology

Full steam ahead for EU-Egypt partnership in science, technology and innovation

An EU initiative has further solidified the science, technology and innovation (ST&I) cooperation between Europe and Egypt.
Full steam ahead for EU-Egypt partnership in science, technology and innovation
Various initiatives help to enhance EU-Egypt partnerships. However, Egypt’s participation in European Research Area (ERA) activities still has much room for improvement.

With this in mind, the EU-funded SHERACA PLUS (Shaping Egypt’s association to the European Research Area and Cooperation Action Plus) project set out to boost the participation and involvement of Egyptian ST&I stakeholders and key players in the ERA.

By building on the outcomes, success stories and lessons learned from its predecessor project, SHERACA PLUS supported policy dialogue and implemented joint strategic agendas for ST&I. Such efforts contributed to identifying challenges in ST&I cooperation between the EU and Egypt.

Project partners continued to develop the EU-Egypt STI cooperation portal, a vital communication tool to foster and showcase joint ST&I cooperation activities. It provides European and Egyptian researchers with information about EU research and innovation initiatives, and includes administrative and legal rules to boost the participation of Egyptian researchers in Horizon 2020 and other EU-funded programmes. To promote Egypt’s research capacity and broaden opportunities for fruitful collaboration, the platform builds bridges between researchers at Egyptian institutions and universities and researchers in Member States.

An intellectual property rights helpdesk was added to the portal enabling researchers and other stakeholders to present new ideas and receive assistance for their projects and partner agreements.

The SHERACA PLUS team produced a movie to familiarise researchers and relevant actors with the history of EU-Egypt ST&I collaboration. It presents best practice examples of how this relationship should evolve in the future in order to achieve common objectives. Also contributing in this regard were short mobility grants and three study visits.

Lastly, the produced ST&I policy review and an ST&I foresight report on bilateral and regional actions with possible synergies were key to understanding Egypt’s national innovation system and broader societal challenges. The documents helped to define the agenda for future EU-Egypt ST&I collaboration in Horizon 2020 based on mutual interests and shared benefits.

SHERACA PLUS has proved fertile ground for many more ST&I opportunities that will benefit the EU and Egypt.

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Keywords

Egypt, science, technology and innovation, European Research Area, SHERACA PLUS, Cooperation Action Plus
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