New strategy for R&D to promote international cooperation (17/09/2012)

ASTANA – The European Commission sets out a research and development strategy, which promotes openness and interaction with non-EU states. This would allow further cooperation and expertise exchange, and will contribute to fostering dynamic relation between the EU and Kazakhstan.

With the ever-changing research landscape, undoubtedly contributing to improvements in the people's lives, new issues emerge that require concentrated international research effort. Bearing this in mind, the European Commission today announced a new strategy for developing international cooperation in research and innovation, Communication on international cooperation in R&D. The strategy proposes to further focus on EU strategic points while maintaining the tradition of openness to third countries participation in EU research. This includes addressing global challenges, but also making Europe more attractive as a location for research and innovation, and boosting industrial competitiveness.

With 20% of the EU research projects already involving at least one person from the non-EU country, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, stated that"openness ensures mutually beneficial cooperation with our key international partners, assists developing countries and helps Europe access new and emerging markets".

The new strategy will be mainly implemented through Horizon 2020, the EU's funding programme for research and innovation from 2014, as well as through joint initiatives with EU Member States.  In addition to Horizon 2020 being fully open to international participation, targeted actions with key partners and regions will focus on societal challenges and enabling and industrial technologies. The strategy also calls for improving the policy dialogue with our partners and for improved information gathering as part of a proposed Research and Innovation Observatory. In addition, the European Union will aim to increase its leverage in relevant international organisations.

 

Background

The European Union is a world leader in research and innovation, responsible for 24% of world expenditure on research, 32% of high impact publications and 32% of patent applications, while representing only 7% of the population.

The interest of the EU to Kazakhstan has grown over the 20 years, with over €17 million invested in 231 Framework Program (FP) projects in the given period. The most important issue is the technology transfer in technology and non-technology innovation. Thanks to IncoNet-EECA and IncoNet-CA/SC projects, Kazakh Government received new approaches to the scientific and research statistics and to widening of the R&D policy dialogue, including joint activity to analyse and evaluate the Science & Technology and innovation structure of Kazakhstan performed by international team of experts from the EU and East European countries.

Currently, Kazakhstan participates in 19 FP7 projects, in sectors such as food and agriculture, health, environment, energy, and nanotechnology.

 

For further information, please contact Ms Karla Jamankulova, Press and Information Officer at the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, tel +7 /7172/ 97 11 48, or via e-mail: karlygash.jamankulova@eeas.europa.eu