Project title: Enhanced bi-regional STI cooperation between the EU and the Black Sea Region (http://blacksea-horizon.eu)
Project Acronym: Black Sea Horizon
Starting date 01.02.2015
Duration in months 36
BLACK SEA HORIZON has been designed to sustainably enhance bi-regional STI cooperation between the EU and the Black Sea region. The result of the project’s STI dialogue support will be an improved knowledge base about EU’s external environment and of the current framework for STI cooperation as well as an increased awareness to contribute to the elimination of remaining obstacles and to further intensify the bi-regional STI cooperation based on a jointly developed EU-Black Sea STI Cooperation Programme. To facilitate the pooling of resources the project will establish a group of committed funding parties, endowed with a functional call infrastructure and a clear set of rules and regulations, ready to implement a joint call for proposals. The participation of Black Sea researchers in HORIZON 2020 will be operationally facilitated through identified common research topics taken-up in future calls for proposals, provision of up-to-date relevant information and good practices to participate in HORIZON 2020 to a large group of researchers, an increased number of joint research proposals through direct face-toface meetings of, a young generation of social scientists trained in HORIZON 2020 and ready to promote and back up future RTI cooperation and an increased readiness of programme owners both from the EU and Black Sea countries to engage jointly in JPIs and future COFUND ERA-NETs. Furthermore, the project will increase understanding of cluster policies and cluster management, establish direct business contacts between cluster managers from the EU and target countries and raise awareness on the programming of as well as on the advantages of inclusive, sustainable and social innovation. The project’s results will be broadly disseminated to increase awareness on bioregion STI cooperation activities and opportunities and will be exploited towards an enhanced introduction of the Black Sea region to the ERA.