The cooperation between the European Union and Egypt in Science and Technology (S&T) is guided by the EC-Egypt Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation, Road Map - signed in 2005 and entering into force in 2008. A key element of our cooperation is the development of closer scientific ties between Egypt and the European Research Area through increased Egyptian participation in Horizon 2020 (H2020), the on-going EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.
Horizon 2020: The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
Horizon 2020 is the largest multinational programme dedicated to research & innovation and it is "open to the world". This means that researchers, universities, research organisations, companies and non-governmental organisations from across the globe can apply to participate in the activities of the Work Programme carried out mainly through calls for proposals.
Under Horizon 2020, Egypt so far participated in 31 projects. These projects cover collaborative research actions in areas including food and sustainable agriculture, environment and water management as well as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and European Research Council (ERC) actions.
H2020 New WP 2018-2020
The calls of the Work Programme launched in October 2017 represent a major investment of €30 billion. These offer an extraordinary occasion for the scientific community and innovators in third countries to tap on the opportunities offered by Horizon 2020 working together with counterparts from the EU and beyond in areas of mutual interest.
In addition to this general opening, in this Work Programme, international cooperation in research and innovation has been strengthened through the inclusion of a list of 30 flagship initiatives with specific countries in areas of mutual benefit worth over €1billion. The EU published on 27 October two roadmaps which target cooperation with Egypt as part of broader targeted geographic areas:
- The Roadmap for EU-Southern Neighbourhood Science and Technology cooperation
- The Roadmap for EU-African Union partnership Science and Technology cooperation
For more information, please check the Memo on the new Work Programme, a presentation highlighting International Cooperation(link is external) and the list of flagships(link is external).
More on EU- Egypt research and innovation cooperation: http://ec.europa.eu/research/iscp/index.cfm?amp;pg=egypt
If you are interested to apply, consult the Horizon 2020 participant portal.
H2020 – How to participate Arabic version: http://ec.europa.eu/research/iscp/pdf/policy/eu-arabic_how.pdf#view=fit&pagemode=none
Mobility Partnership - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
In October 2017, EU and Egypt made a step forward towards strengthening their research and innovation cooperation. The two sides signed an agreement for scientific and technological cooperation setting out the terms and conditions for Egypt's participation in the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA). PRIMA will develop much-needed solutions for a more sustainable management of water and agro-food systems. The partnership currently consists of 19 participating countries: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey. As the initiative is evolving over time, more participants, from both EU and non-EU countries, are expected to follow.The partnership will be financed through a combination of funding from participating countries (currently €274 million), and a €220 million contribution from the EU through Horizon 2020, its research and innovation funding programme (2014 – 2020).
For further information on PRIMA http://ec.europa.eu/research/environment/index.cfm?pg=prima
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