The project aims to support the advancement of the bi-regional STI policy dialogue between the EU MS/AC and the Eastern Partnership countries, with an explicit focus on the Societal Challenges that have been identified to be of mutual interest for the two regions, namely Climate Change, Energy and Health. In particular the project will identify actions and stakeholders and will implement innovative pilot activities to strengthen the coordination and impact of the individual actions.
In terms of policy dialogue, the project will provide analytical evidence and monitoring to feed the dialogue and to support joint agenda setting. Policy mix reviews will be implemented along with capacity building activities with emphasis on the promotion of Innovation. More specifically, links with the EU technology platforms will be established allowing mutual learning and exchange of best practices for enhanced public-private partnerships between the two regions. In addition, support to FP contacts will be provided to strengthen their role and to adapt their functioning to the challenges of H2020. The proposed project will build on the experience of the previous projects (IncoNet EECA and IncoNet CA/SC) targeting the region and will develop synergies with the forthcoming project targeting the Central Asian countries.
UNU-ViE mainly contributes to the project by supporting the mapping process (WP1) of existing projects and the stakeholder landscape in the region (WP1) which will ultimately lead to a deeper analysis once potential twin partners have been identified. Furthermore, UNU-VIE supports the coordination of the different stakeholders and serves, based on its strong international experience and network, as a platform for spreading the results and the benefits of the project on a global level.
The project is a three years interdisciplinary research conducted in cooperation with 18 partners from 17 countries.