Call for Proposals - Reinforcing cooperation with Europe's neighbours in the context of the ERA - Specific Programme "Capacities" Programme RTD FP7-INCO-2011-6 Closed!


The reinforcement of the cooperation with Europe's neighbours in the context of the European Research Area (ERA) is an important part of the EC communication on the Strategic Framework for international S&T cooperation. In order to promote closer scientific cooperation with the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries and to prepare their possible association to the Framework Programmes, dedicated activities aimed at improving the cooperation capacity of these countries should be carried out under the Specific International Cooperation activities of FP7. This should complement the Research and Innovation activities described in the National Indicative Programmes and covered by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instruments (ENPI).

The objective of this action is to reinforce the cooperation capacities of research centres located in the ENP countries, which are not associated to FP7 at the time of the publication of the call. The call will give these countries the possibility to improve the research activities of their highest quality and/or promising centres in a scientific field addressed by the thematic priorities of FP7.


The activities covered by the call are:

  • Twinning with research centres in Member States or Associated Countries in view of exchanging knowledge and good practices, disseminating scientific information, identifying partners and setting up joint experiments through short-term visits or exchange of staff, meetings, seminars, and similar activities;
  • Developing training modules to build competency and facilitate the participation of these centres in FP7;
  • Developing research centres’ strategy in order to increase their scope and visibility (regional coverage, activities), to develop comparative advantage and to improve their competitiveness by enhancing their responses to the socio-economic needs of their countries and of the region.

The call will be open to the fields of science addressed by the thematic priorities of FP7 and will target centres located in the following regions:

  • Area 1: Eastern Europe and South Caucasus: Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
  • Area 2: Mediterranean Countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Palestinian-administered Areas, Lebanon, Syria.

European community funding

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

  • 15,00 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)
  • 6,00 Million EUR (Partial budget for area 1)
  • 9,00 Million EUR (Partial budget for area 2)

All the important deadlines

  • 15 March 2011 - 10 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Work Programme 2011 - International Cooperation (Guidelines for applicants)
  • Call for Proposals FP7-INCO-2011-6 (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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