On 12 November, the European Commission and Armenia signed the agreement granting the Republic of Armenia association status to Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme (2021-2027). Armenian researchers, innovators and research entities can now participate in the €95.5 billion programme, under the same conditions as entities from the EU Member States.
The Horizon Europe Association Agreement will start producing legal effects after its entry into force, that is once Armenia completes its ratification process and an exchange of diplomatic notes takes place between the European Commission and the Armenian authorities.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth welcomed Armenia to the Horizon Europe programme: “Armenia has continuously increased its participation in the previous Horizon 2020 programme and has supported the acceleration of the reforms of the Armenian national research and innovation system in the past few years.”
Armenia was since 2016 fully associated to Horizon 2020, the previous EU research and innovation programme (2014-2020). Multiple success stories result from this past successful cooperation, covering a variety of scientific areas such as: HYMADE, developing new ways of delivering drugs for people with cancer or inflammatory diseases, Europe Enterprise Network (EEN) Armenia Horizon 2020, where EEN Armenia established services in Armenia to enhance the innovation capacity of SMEs with real potential for international growth, or the BLACK SEA HORIZON project, improving Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) cooperation between the EU and the Black Sea region.
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