On 7 December, the European Commission and Georgia signed an agreement granting Georgia association status to Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme (2021-2027). Georgian researchers and researchers can now participate in the EU’s €95.5 billion programme, under the same conditions as entities from the EU Member States.
“This association does not only benefit Georgian research, education and innovation organisations, but also the EU and other associated countries, who are willing to cooperate with a dynamic and resourceful partner country,”,said Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
Georgia was since 2016 fully associated to Horizon 2020, the previous EU research and innovation programme (2014-2020). Georgia’s top Horizon 2020 participation was in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Health, Societies and research infrastructures.
Success stories from Georgia in research and innovation cover a variety of scientific areas, such as the E-FIX and Black Sea Horizon projects. E-FIX focuses on improving energy efficiency and financing sustainable energy projects in Central and South Eastern Europe. The Black Sea Horizon project aims to sustainably enhance bi-regional Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) cooperation between the EU and the Black Sea region.
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