Researchers and innovators from Armenia will now be able to participate in Horizon 2020, the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation, under the same conditions as their counterparts from EU Member States and other associated countries, the EU has said in a press release. The agreement associating the country to Horizon 2020 was signed by the European Commission (EC) and the country’s Education Ministry in the Armenian capital Yerevan last week.
“EU research, science and innovation is open to the world for collaboration,” EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas said at the signing ceremony.   “Armenia is now the 16th country associated to Horizon 2020, the world’s largest public funding programme for research and innovation. This will bring new and different expertise and ideas, and enrich our international research cooperation,” he added.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said that through Horizon 2020, research institutions and the private sector in Armenia will have a unique opportunity to access funding for cutting edge research and development. “The opening of Horizon 2020 to Armenia is a concrete example of the EU’s commitment to further enhance its relationship with Armenia,” he added.
Armenia has until now been able to participate in Horizon 2020 only as a third country. The new Agreement allows for Armenia’s enhanced cooperation with the EU in research and innovation and improves access of the country’s entrepreneurs to innovative business support schemes. In addition, Armenia’s research institutes, universities and individual researchers will receive access to all opportunities offered by Horizon 2020 in diverse areas, from fundamental science to demonstration projects, on an equal footing with researchers and organisations from EU Member States and other countries associated to the programme.
With a budget of EUR 77 billion for 2014-2020, Horizon 2020 is the largest multinational programme dedicated to research and innovation. This new agreement covers the years 2016-2020 and opens up new opportunities to the country’s universities, research institutions and enterprises, said the EU press release. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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Press release – in English
Press release – in Armenian