Call for proposals- FP7- Regions of knowledge- Research Potential in the Western Balkan Countries REGIONS' POTENTIAL Closed!


This Activity will improve the Western Balkan Countries' (WBC) participation in the 7th Framework Programme, will favour brain-gain environments through trans-national two-way exchanges of research staff between research entities established in the WBC and elsewhere in EU and the Associated Countries, and will help them to reinforce their research infrastructure/equipment.

It will enable highest quality or most promising research entities of significant size (such as University Departments, Faculties, specialised Research Institutes or important size research laboratories with at least 10 permanent experienced researchers) in the regions equivalent to the convergence regions of the WBC, qualified in any S&T field within the scope of Community research eligible under the EC FP7, to become actively integrated in the ERA.

In adition to our useful document section, further information about Call FP7- REGPOT-2010-5, as well as relevant documents can be found at the FP7 Cordis website


This Activity will support the implementation of an Action Plan defined by the applicant, derived from its SWOT analysis. The Action Plan must include the following set of four coherent measures:

  • Exchange of know-how and experience through trans-national two-way secondments of research staff between the applicant and three or more knowledgeable and experienced 'partnering organisations' established in at least 3 other different EU Member States or Associated Countries. Return mechanisms for these seconded staff should be described in the proposal. Additionally, partners from the applicant's country can be added, including when appropriate, stakeholders like enterprises, SME, hospitals, etc.
  • Recruitment by the applicant of experienced researchers. In this context the return of nationals having left the country is particularly encouraged.
  • Upgrading, development or acquisition of research equipment for the applicant. Maintenance expenses could also be foreseen in this context.
  • Organisation of workshops and conferences, dissemination and promotional activities to promote knowledge exchange at European and international level. Activities to ensure increased visibility of the applicant's excellence and know-how as well as to promote the outcome of the project are encouraged.

Projects will last up to 36 months.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 8,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 15 October 2009 - 12 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Useful documents

  • FP7- REGPOT-2010-5 (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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