Twinning

This special Twinning aims to enhance networking activities between the research institutions of the Western Balkan countries and internationally leading counterparts at EU level, networking for excellence through knowledge transfer and exchange of best practice between research institutions and partners. The purpose is to raise the bar for excellence of all R&I actors in these countries.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Improved excellence capacity and resources in Western Balkan countries.
  • Enhanced strategic networking activities between the research institutions of the Western Balkan countries and at least two internationally leading counterparts at EU level.
  • Raised reputation, research profile and attractiveness of the coordinating institution from the Western Balkan country and the research profile of its staff.
  • Strengthened research management capacities and administrative skills of the staff working in institutions from the Western Balkan country.
  • Improved creativity supported by development of new approaches, increased mobility (inwards and outwards) of qualified scientists.

Type of Action: Coordination and Support action (CSA)
Project Duration: up to 3 years
Expected EU Contribution per Project: up to EUR 1.5 million
Project Composition: A research institutions of the Western Balkan countries with at least two research institutions from two different Member States or Associated Countries.
Eligible Countries for hosting the co-ordinator in 2021: Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, and Kosovo.

Evaluation Procedure:

Twinning proposals will have to clearly outline the scientific strategy for stepping up and stimulating scientific excellence and innovation capacity in a defined area of research as well as the scientific quality of the partners involved in the twinning exercise.

Eligible Costs:

  • Costs relating to administration, networking, coordination, training, management and travel cost.
  • Research, consumables and small equipment costs become eligible and they could constitute up to 30% of the requested funding.

Further Information:
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