R2I Cluster East

ENER2I is one project of a cluster of EU funded projects supporting the link between research and innovation in Eastern Partnership Countries.

The other projects involved in the R2I cluster EAST are: 


IncoNet EaP- STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries


The project aims to support the advancement of the bi-regional STI policy dialogue between the EU MS/AC and the Eastern Partnership Countries, with an explicit focus on the Societal Challenges that have been identified to be of mutual interest for the two regions, namely Climate Change, Energy and Health. In particular the project will identify actions and stakeholders and will implement innovative pilot activities to strengthen the coordination and impact of the individual actions.

In terms of policy dialogue, the project will provide analytical evidence and monitoring to feed the dialogue and to support joint agenda setting. A policy mix review will be implemented along with capacity building activities with emphasis on the promotion of Innovation. More specifically, links with the EU technology platforms will be established allowing mutual learning and exchange of best practices for enhanced public-private partnerships between the two regions. In addition, support to FP contacts will be provided to strengthen their role and to adapt their functioning to the challenges of Horizon 2020.

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The INNOVER-EAST project targets five countries of the Eastern Partnership (in short, EPCs: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine) to overcome the bottlenecks of innovation and intensify the level of cooperation between research and business in the target countries. The project aims, on the one hand, to develop new skills and competences in innovation services at relevant organizations in the above countries, and, on the other hand, to contribute to the learning process on how to bridge knowledge and business with a direct focus on energy efficiency.

In order to reach its objectives, the project will carry out the following activities:

  • Facilitate networking among actors in the knowledge/ innovation value chain in order to better focus research on socio-economic needs and to help exploit research results;
  • Identify bottlenecks of and opportunities for technology and knowledge transfer in the targeted EPCs (with special focus on start-ups, spin-offs from public research organisations and existing small businesses);
  • Improve competencies and mutual learning by the exchange of good practices through twinning, trainings and other means of learning by the active involvement of relevant service providers;
  • Develop and provide innovation support services for EPC stakeholders and build partnerships among relevant organisations in the Member States and Associated Countries on one side and in the targeted EPCs on the other side;
  • Carry out policy dialogue and produce recommendations for policy makers by organising national policy workshops and international policy conferences to debate and validate the needs identified and solutions offered for more efficient innovation services

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NoGAP - Knowledge Transfer Community to bridge the gap between research, innovation and business creation


NoGAP bridges the gap between research and innovation and contributes to taking advantage of the innovation potential of SMEs based on a better cooperation with researchers, transferring and using knowledge resulting from research. The overall objective of the project is to reinforce cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries to develop a 'Common Knowledge and Innovation Space' on the societal challenge 'secure, clean and efficient energy'.

The NoGAP consortium is composed of 13 organisations from 6 countries of which 3 are EU members (Germany, Romania, Slovakia) and 3 are members of the Eastern Partnership (Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia). In order to improve mobility between research, business and innovation, interrelated tandem relations between research organisations and innovation support services are established.

Activities of the NoGAP project are:

  • identifying the main drivers and obstacles of closer links between academia and the market in the field of secure, clean and efficient energy in the Eastern Partnership Region;
  • developing a best practice methodology to enhance successful commercialisation of research results and to improve the management of these results;
  • developing innovation support services to foster existing and establish new strategic partnerships;
  • assessing the opportunities for the establishment of sustainable Technology Transfer Centres (TTC) in the participating partner countries on the basis of existing structures and good practice;
  • improving the competencies of researchers, entrepreneurs and multiplicators by organising trainings;
  • developing a list of pilot activities to foster mutually beneficial public-private-partnerships between EU and Eastern Partnership countries in the energy sector;
  • creating and organising twinnings between the regions;
  • promoting networking between EU and Eastern Partnership countries.

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RERAM responds to the societal challenge of “Climate Change, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials” in Europe's forestry and woodworking sector. Knowledge, communication and cooperation gaps between research communities and innovation-driven industries significantly hamper progress towards sustainable use of the natural resource FOREST in the woodworking sector. The RERAM project targets the very low resource efficiency rate of the wood processing business in ENP Eastern Countries. The 12 partner consortium builds upon their previous collaboration between forerunner regions in Germany (NRW), Austria (Styria) and Ukraine (Carpathia), and reaches out to complementary R2I actors in Poland, the neighbouring ENP countries Moldavia and Georgia, and further beyond.

RERAM will bridge the gaps in the forest and wood sector's research to innovation chain to unlock significant saving potentials of raw materials and wastes in woodworking SMEs, and to seize a major opportunity of improving green production and climate change mitigation in these emerging hotspot forest regions. By raising awareness on gains from higher efficiency, and by offering targeted benchmarking, hand-on best practices, information on best available techniques as well as training and coaching measures to entrepreneurs and intermediaries involved in RTI support, the project will enhance competitive capacities of the regions for future joint actions under Horizon 2020.

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SECURE- R2I - Reinforcing cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries on bridging the gap between research and innovation for inclusive and secure societies


The overall aim of the SECURE-R2I project is to reinforce cooperation with Eastern Partnership Countries (EPC) on bridging the gap between research and innovation for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 7 “Secure Societies”. The research domains encompassed by “Secure Societies” are broad and include ICT; Security; Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials (NMP); and Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). These research domains also form the basis of important economic sectors in the EPC, with many potential benefits for the EU, but which also need European support to increase their exploitation. Addressing this issue, the SECURE-R2I project will assist R&D and innovation (RDI) organisations in EPC via a range of knowledge and technology transfer activities with the support of European specialists. The activities include:

  • Networking between EPC organisations involved in RDI for Societal Challenge 7: It consists in mapping EPC RDI organisations and organising brokerage events to stimulate cooperation;
  • Analysing the tech transfer opportunities and bottlenecks of EPC organisations involved in RDI for Societal Challenge 7: It consists in surveying these organisations and holding discussions with representatives of government, industry, government and intermediary bodies;
  • Exchanging best practices in knowledge/technology transfer via a range of specific training courses and intensive summer schools in Europe;
  • Twinning via Research to Innovation (R2I) pilot projects: Each EPC research partner in the consortium will twin with another consortium partner who will support them to implement a bilateral R2I pilot project;
  • Providing innovation support services to selected, high-potential EPC (and European) RDI: The activities will consist in coaching and advisory services on innovation and tech-transfer.

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SUAFRI-EPC - Supporting the Uptake of Agri-Food Research Results into Innovation with EPC countries


SUAFRI-EPC aims to bridge the gap between research and innovation in Eastern Partnership Countries (EPC) with a focus on Societal Challenge 2 "Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy" of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The three year project is being implemented by a consortium of twelve partners from across Europe and the former Soviet Union.

SUAFRI-EPC will implement four pilot technology-transfer projects between Europe and the EPC:

  • 'Production methods to optimise economical and environmental sustainability in aquaculture and apiculture sectors' involving the American University of Armenia and Dianova in Denmark;
  • 'Development of consumer preferences for fish and seafood' involving the Scientific and Practical Center for Foodstuffs of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and Dianova in Denmark;
  • 'Forest sustainability in respect to pest outbreaks and determination of their self-regulation mechanisms to reduce pest densities' involving Taurida National University of Ukraine and the Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics in Italy;
  • 'Wine production optimisation using bio-technologies and zoning techniques' involving the Georgian Technical University and and the Mediterranean Institute of Fundamental Physics in Italy.  

Many other activities are planned during the SUAFRI-EPC project to stimulate technology transfer and raise the innovation capacity of the agri-food sector in the EPC, for example: i) preparation of a brochure about EPC agri-food actors; ii) audit six EPC innovation organisations; iii) organise brokerage events and summer-schools; and iv) provide innovation support services. In the medium term, the SUAFRI-EPC project is expected to facilitate further agri-food R&D collaborations between Europe and the EPC in the current Horizon 2020 programme.

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