News archive - SEE-ERA.NET Pilot Joint Call Exceeds Expectations

More Than 300 Valid Project Applications in the First Call

The first pilot joint call for the submission of research projects from 14 countries was successfully concluded on March 31, 2007. Expectations were really exceeded with a total of 321 valid applications submitted by 1437 research teams, clearly showing the need and also the potential for international research collaboration in the Southeast European region. The evaluation of the project applications is expected to be finalised in early summer, so that the first projects can begin in autumn 2007.

Through the Southeast European Era-Net (SEE-ERA.NET) project, the European Union is supporting networking between countries through international research initiatives. However, the joint call budget for projects comes from the countries themselves, which are deeply interested in the process, also because of their financial involvement. As the target region of the project, the project partners from the Western Balkans have the same rights as the EU partner countries in all decision-making processes. Summer schools, research and network projects are being supported by the first SEE-ERA.NET call in the areas of “Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology”, “Information and Communication Technologies” and “Environment”. For an application to be accepted as eligible, at least three (five) research teams from three (five) different countries must be involved, with at least one (two) of them from the Western Balkans. SEE-ERA.NET is funded by the European Commission under FP6. It is coordinated by the Centre for Social Innovation (Zentrum für Soziale Innovation) in Austria, with project partners, research ministries and agencies in the project countries Austria, Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.

Article published in eJournal spring 07.

Entry created by Florian Gruber on June 1, 2007
Modified on May 31, 2007