IncoNet CA/SC

S&T International Cooperation Network for Central Asian and South Caucasus Countries (IncoNet CA/SC)


S&T International Cooperation Network for Central Asian and South Caucasus Countries (IncoNet CA/SC) is a project coordinated by the ICBSS and funded through the 7th Framework Programme for Research of the European Community (FP7). The IncoNet CA/SC was launched on 1 April 2010 with duration of 36 months.

With a total budget of approximately 1.5 million €, the IncoNet CA/SC envisages several activities aiming at the strengthening and deepening of the EU S&T cooperation with the Central Asian and South Caucasus countries, as well as with Moldova. Ιt will be implemented in close coordination with the ongoing IncoNet EECA project (International Cooperation Network for Eastern European and Central Asian Countries).

To ensure the international character of this project a large consortium of 28 prominent institutes from 15 EU and CA/SC countries has been formed, under the coordination of the ICBSS.

The IncoNet CA/SC addresses almost all the Central Asian and South Caucasus countries, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, plus Moldova. In addition, activities targeting Turkmenistan are also foreseen. This group of countries is of particular importance for the European Union since it lies at its eastern borders, in the Black Sea region, but at the same time extends to Central Asia where it borders China.

More specifically, IncoNet CA/SC covers the following activities:

 • At the level of policy, missions will be organised in every target country in order to exchange views with third country policy makers, raise their awareness for the activities of the bi-Regional Policy Dialogue process (supported by IncoNet EECA) and for the IncoNet projects, and pave the way for an enhanced participation in the European Research Area and FP7. These missions will be complemented by two stakeholder conferences (in Central Asia and the South Caucasus) which will provide a deeper knowledge on ways of enhancing cooperation and on the barriers that may exist. In parallel, specific attention will be given to the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) and the Development Co-operation Instrument (DCI) and in particular to their better coordination with the S&T policy.

 • For strengthening the participation in FP7, 3 Info Days will be organised in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan (which are not extensively covered in the IncoNet EECA) and grants will be given to scientists from Central Asia and South Caucasus to attend brokerage events in the EU. In addition, support activities will be implemented for the National Contact Points / National Information Points structures in Central Asia, South Caucasus and Moldova and a study will provide insight from successful participations in FP6 and FP7 in order to identify key factors for an increase in such participations.

 • The project includes the widening (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan) and deepening (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova) of present studies within the IncoNet EECA that will feed into the policy dialogue, inter alia: the mapping of key institutes, the monitoring and review of the cooperation activities, as well as the ways to improve S&T indicators.

 • Last but not least, the project devotes a particular effort to the dissemination of information, as well as to the quality and sustainability of the planned deliverables and actions.

Duration and starting date
36 months starting 1 April 2010

IncoNet CA/SC website

Project Number: FP7-244417
Project Acronym: IncoNet CA/SC
“Capacities” Programme
Instrument: Coordination and Support Action (CSA)

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