The Higher Council For Science And Technology (HCST)
International Cooperation Department

International Cooperation Department

EURO-MEDITERRANEAN Cooperation through ERANET Joint Activities and beyond (ERANETMED)

The Higher Council for Science and Technology joined a consortium of sixteen countries including Jordan, represented by institutions involved in Science, Technology and Innovation from the Mediterranean and European countries to launch an initiative focused on the development and application of innovative solutions for food systems and water resources in the Mediterranean basin with more than two hundred million € budget for the next ten years starting from 2018. The initiative has been named:

 

“Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area / PRIMA”

 

In 2012, PRIMA initiative was launched in nine European countries; namely, Italy, Spain, France, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Croatia and Slovenia, and in partnership with seven countries from the Mediterranean basin: Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Morocco and Jordan, in order to establish an effective, long-term partnership in scientific research and innovation in the Mediterranean basin on the basis of participation in financing, decision-and property (Co-funding, co-decision and co-ownership) in the mutual interest sectors. The heads of the initiative are both Italy and Jordan representing their parties. The PRIMA initiative has been accepted by the European Union and is currently working to take the necessary steps for activation and implementation.

 

HCST, also involved with PRIMA initiative consortium in another program, aims at promoting the concept of partnership in the areas of scientific research, innovation and researchers’ training by supporting regional research projects jointly funded by funding agencies of Mediterranean countries (Arab and European) under the title:

 

EURO-MEDITERRANEAN Cooperation through ERANET Joint Activities and beyond (ERANETMED)

The experience of ERANETMED has been very successful. ERANETMED launched the first call for joint research proposals in (Water and Energy fields) dated 1st Nov. 2014; the number of proposals submitted was 190, 33 of which involving Jordanian researchers. Five research projects were selected and funded by HCST for the year 2016. Responding to high demand on the first call, the European program management has considered and approved by the majority of the partners to hold a second round of proposals in food, water and energy sectors. The 2nd call was launched in April 2016. HCST had stimulated the Jordanian universities and research centers to participate in the second round funding. Indeed, these Jordanian institutions committed themselves to provide funding for the projects of their researchers up to 500,000 €.

 

 

Director of the International Cooperation Department
Eng. Omar Amawi
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