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Newsletter October 2013


Collaboration: Tapping into Cross-Border Talent

Cooperation in R&D is often a strong catalyst for the development of new technologies, new ideas, and new products for the global marketplace.

Greek-Israeli Cooperation, 2013-2015
The Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology announced the call “Greece-Israel 2013-2015: Territorial Cooperation R&D Framework Programme Research, IT Development Actions for Private Companies.” The objective of the call is to encourage Greek businesses to cooperate with Israeli businesses, through large-scale joint implementation projects, focused on research and technology development issues. The participation in the research field of academic and technological organisations from Greece or Israel is accepted. The cooperation is open to “scientific” themes of common interest.

The call is addressed to Greek and Israeli companies, regardless of size or type, or joint ventures which are based in Greece/Israel and wish to cooperate with each other as well as with research and technological institutions in Greece and Israel (universities, technological institutes, research institutes, research laboratories) on research and development issues.

German-Greek Research and Technological Cooperation: Impressive Response to the Call of GSRT
The response to the call for German-Greek research and technological cooperation by the scientific and business community exceeded all expectations. The process of electronic submission of proposals ended successfully with a total of 442 transnational projects by the Greek side and 426 by the German side (16 proposals were presented unilaterally in Greece).

Never in the past has there been a similar transnational research and development programme with Germany.

According to a preliminary analysis of the data, more than 370 companies and about 900 research organisations from both countries cooperated in implementation projects. The largest number of proposals submitted, were for the areas of Applied Information Technology (116), Energy (88), Bio-economy (69), Health (81), and Social Sciences (59). Others were in the fields of Nanotechnology (21) and Photonics (8). The regions of Attica, Central Macedonia, and Crete produced the most participants.

The great response to this call confirms the trend for bilateral science and technology cooperation programmes, promoting the development of innovative products and services with high added value, outward-thinking research and business, and expansion in the international market.