Project short name: EaP-R&D

Implementation of the Project shall begin on 1 April 2020 and end on 30 September 2020

Project participants: NGOs (think-tanks) from Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Project coordinator: ESIDG, Georgia

The overall goal of the project is to provide EU institutions and EaP governments, as well as academia and civil society, with a thorough analysis on the current state of development, trends and practices in research systems of EaP countries. Based on that analysis we aim to provide recommendations to national governments and EU institutions on how to enhance the role of research systems as important actors in democratic processes as well as to increase their effectiveness and influence in development of EaP countries. The project is based on the study of the EU multilevel research and innovation (R&I) policy conducted at ESIDG and partner organizations.

There are the following reasons for the project implementation

(a)    The next stage EU EaP Initiative is discussed currently, so it is an appropriate time to overview EaP countries’ 10 years policies and activities in R&I sphere and develop a research based recommendations of EaP Civil Society Forum (CSF) on the further enhancement of these activities;

(b)   In the past 10 years new experience is gained by the EU: incorporation of the former socialist countries’ (especially of post-soviet Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) R&I systems into European R&I system and their development within the EU. Study of the European integration processes of these countries gives a unique examples of their transformation to be used in EaP countries;

(c)    One of the main tools of EU-EaP cooperation in R&I sphere, Horizon 2020 Programme, comes in 2020 to the end and study of the experience of EaP countries in participating in this programme will provide valuable lessons learned for the future participation of EaP institutions  in the coming Horizon Europe Programme;

(d)   In the years passed multilevel character of the EU R&I policy comprising the European, national, regional and institutional components/levels underlined within ESIDG’s past activities, as well as its interdisciplinary and intersectoral character are still not sufficiently implemented by the policy makers in EaP countries. Therefore, there is a need for further analysis and monitoring of what has been achieved and what not, stressing the importance of the actions that still need to be implemented by the national governments.