Research and innovation collaboration forms an integral part of the EU-Mongolia partnership. European and Mongolian scientists have already worked together on a number of issues of common interest and mutual benefit through previous European Framework Programmes. Mongolian institutions and individuals have been in the past and continue to be in the future eligible to participate in numerous EU programmes in higher education and research.
Europe as Mongolia's excellent partner
Europe is a key partner in science, technology and innovation. The European Union (EU) is one of the leading regions of the world in Research, Innovation and Science. The EU is today the main knowledge production centre worldwide, accounting for almost a third of the world’s science and technology production. At the same time, the European Union is responsible for 24% of world expenditure on research, 32% of high impact publications and 32% of patent applications, while representing only 7% of the world population.
HORIZON 2020 – The EU's Funding Programme for Research and Innovation
Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation will run from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion. Horizon 2020 – which is fully open to international cooperation – is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever. It will lead to more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Horizon 2020 is based on 3 pillars: Excellent Science, Industrial Leadership and Societal Challenges. It offers funding for collaborative research, individual researcher mobility and training, research infrastructures and many more.
How can Mongolian participants apply?
Horizon 2020 is fully open to Mongolian participation in all fields and areas. This programme is open to participation of universities and research institutes, companies, and other institutions.
- Mongolian participation is encouraged in ALL Calls for Proposals of Horizon 2020.
- The best Mongolian teams and individual researchers can connect with Europe’s excellence in research and innovation.
- Mongolia can gain access to Europe's knowledge, access to data, access to infrastructures and access to world-leading scientific networks.
Mongolian Researchers, enterprises and institutions are strongly encouraged to team up with their European partners to make best use of Europe’s excellent opportunities in research and innovation. Mongolian research and innovation stakeholders are invited to either become partners in collaborative research projects or to apply to fellowship grants and mobility schemes provided by the European Research Council and Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Actions.
Overall, the new international cooperation strategy of Horizon 2020 focuses on research in areas of common interest and mutual benefit.
How to apply?
The first Work Programmes 2016/2017 and 173 Calls for Proposals HORIZON 2020 are expected to be published or even have been already launched. Researchers and innovators from Mongolia are fully eligible to participate in any research projects with EU partners and to receive funding from Horizon 2020.
Find a suitable Call for Proposals
Find project partners - on CORDIS or using National Contact Point in Mongolia (Mongolian Academy of Sciences)
- Create an account on the Participant Portal and register your organisation
- Prepare your project proposal, when appropriate with your partners
- Submit your project proposal to the European Commission
- Evaluation by external independent experts
- Signature of the Grant Agreement
National Contact Point
The National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 was set up in the Mongolian Academy of Sciences in March 2014. The National Contact Point is a national structure established to give personalised support on the spot and in applicants' language. This would help Mongolian applicants to success in their applications, increasing the number of joint projects.
Information Seminar on Horizon 2020 in Ulaanbaatar
Built on the great success of the first edition in 2013, a second joint information Seminar on Horizon 2020 was held on May 2015 to promoting a closer bilateral relationship between the EU and Mongolia. This event fully demonstrated to Mongolian researchers and other stakeholders the potential of collaborating with Europe in research and innovation through either programmes at EU level or via the bilateral programmes of the individual EU Member States.