Research Policy & Development

Turkey in HORIZON 2020

Strengthen the capacity of Turkey in STI and facilitate the integration of the Turkish Research Area to the European Research Area through increased participation in H2020

The overall project objective of “Turkey in HORIZON 2020” is to strengthen the capacity of Turkey in Science, Technology, and Innovation, and to facilitate the integration of Turkish Research Area to European Research Area through increasing its participation in Horizon 2020.

The project purpose areas are the following: 

  • Maintaining the knowledge diffusion established in the previous project and raising awareness about Horizon 2020 via a variety of trainings
  • Providing the Turkish Research Area with networking events and activities
  • Financially supporting Turkish researchers for networking events, project preparation meetings, and lobbying activities
  • Preparing and printing the necessary documents that will guide the Turkish Researchers
  • Developing online tools to disseminate the necessary relevant information. 

Rationale to the project background: Turkey has invested strongly in R&D and innovation since the early 2000s, and has significantly increased science and research outputs, the size of the research community, and international collaboration. Despite this rapid growth in recent years, the most recent Innovation Union analysis of relative Turkish strengths and weaknesses by the EC still presents various concerns, such as the systemic weakness of the Turkish research and innovation system, specific vulnerable areas like human resources, patents and public-private scientific co-publications, or the declining research quality in Turkey.

In this context, this project provides a very timely intervention. Horizon 2020 provides a real opportunity to build on recent progress within Turkey, and to develop a sustainable research and innovation base that will contribute towards core strategic policy goals and targets set out in a number of documents, which are currently developed and implemented by the Turkish government (e.g. National Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy; Turkish Industrial Strategy Document).

More information on the project you can find on the project website soon.

More information on EuropeAid in general you can find here.


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Tags: knowledge transfer, Southeast Europe, training

Type: Policy Advice

Program: European Commission - International Cooperation and Development - EuropeAid

Project Status: Finished

Project Duration: 28 months

Start/End: 09/2015 - 12/2017