Research Policy & Development


Research co-operation with the WBCs

SEE-ERA.NET PLUS is based on the ongoing SEE-ERA.NET project and its Regional Programme for Cooperation with South-East Europe (ReP-SEE), which was developed to enhance S&T cooperation with the Western Balkan Countries (WBC).
In essence, SEE-ERA.NET PLUS is the next step in further integrating the Western Balkan Countries (WBC) and its key research communities into the European Research Area (ERA). It will further enhance the coordination of bilateral R&D cooperation with the WBC and lift it up to an activity at European level. By joining forces and by pooling financial resources, the SEE-ERA.NET PLUS consortium will bring critical mass to bear. The SEE-ERA.NET PLUS consortium consists of seventeen partners from fourteen different countries (Austria, Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey). It involves the relevant R&D programme owners from the involved countries, which are ministries or agencies responsible for science, technology and/or research. SEE-ERA.NET PLUS supports:

  • Executing R&D with WBC following strategic priorities at European level;
  • Continued integration of bilateral RTD initiatives into multilateral, jointly agreed, activities with high synergetic impact;
  • Reducing duplication of effort across Europe, and avoiding development of unnecessary parallel solutions;
  • Strengthening research communities from new Member States and WBC and preparing them for participation in FP7;
  • Satisfying the need for R&D cooperation in the SEE region, as proven by huge interest in the Pilot Joint Call of SEE-ERA.NET.

Objectives of SEE-ERA.NET PLUS
The main objective of SEE-ERA.NET PLUS is to launch and implement one joint call for trans-national research proposals, thereby supporting the implementation of the first pillar of ReP-SEE. With a call budget of currently approximately EURO 3.5 Mio, it is planned to fund around 20 transnational research projects in the SEE-region.

Specific scientific priorities will be chosen for the scope of the call, based on the regional collaboration needs of the participating countries and considering the priorities of the 7th EU Framework Programme on Research and Technological Development (FP7). A careful selection of scientific priorities will help to combine the two goals of enhancing cooperation with the WBC on the one hand and of fostering scientific excellence on the other.


Section: Research Policy & Development

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Tags: Balkan, ERA-NETs, internationalisation, research cooperation

Type: Research

Program: FP 7 (7. Rahmenprogramm für Forschung und technologische Entwicklung)

Submission Date: 02/2008

Project Status: Finished

Start/End: 04/2009 - 07/2013

Project Duration: 52 months