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Scientific Diaspora

Some of the countries in the EaP region possess extended diaspora in the EU, which regularly cultivates its scientific and cultural ties with the home country. In order to use this potential and to exploit the Scientific Diaspora in view of joint applications to H2020, different activities are organised within EaP PLUS.

Following you can find a description of our activities as well as selected entries (events, documents, news etc.) targeting Scientific Diasporas.

Task 2.2: Targeted Cooperation with Scientific Diaspora

The researchers within the scientific diaspora often possess a scientific network in both regions, so with their dual embedment and special dedication they can serve as a bridge between the scientific communities in EU and the EaP countries. In addition (and vice-versa), a non-negligible number of EU researchers that did part of their studies in EaP countries, also exists and it would also be interesting to exploit. In that respect one “Scientific Diaspora workshop” in each EaP country will be organised in the first half of the project where speakers from EU MS/AC will present their specific field of research with the aim to expand their networking in the local community. These workshops will focus on one or two Societal Challenges, that are better reflecting each country’s priorities and the Diaspora’s potential. The main aim of the event will be to set-up cooperation that could evolve to consortia for Horizon 2020 applications. Such cooperation could be further supported by the Grant scheme (Task 2.3).

These conferences will also promote the idea of international peer reviewing for the national research grants, in the EaP countries and, more specifically, the involvement of the Diaspora in the evaluation process

Task 2.3: Enhancing contacts: Grants for networking

The currently running IncoNet EaP project provided two type of Grants for attending Brokerage Events or for ‘twinning’ among research teams to prepare H2020 applications. These Grant schemes were considered to be an effective tool for building up new scientific networks and for participation in consortia applying for Horizon 2020 projects.

Building on the acquired experience the present project will implement an even more flexible single Grant scheme providing funds for either:

  1. The invitation of EaP researchers by scientists in EU MS/AC to jointly develop H2020 applications
  2. The participation in Brokerage Events (BEs) in EU.

In both cases the scientific excellence and the prospects for concrete applications to H2020 will constitute major evaluation criteria. The Grant scheme will be open for applications on any Societal Challenge.

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