Further Linking Russia to the ERA:
Coordination of MS/AC S&T programmes towards and with Russia


Here you will find structured and annotated starting points for related projects and important organizations.


The BILAT-RUS-Advance project focuses on enhancing the bilateral science-, technology and innovation (STI) partnership between the Russian Federation and the EU Member States/Associated Countries. The overall strategic objective of the project BILAT-RUS-Advanced is to facilitate the science-, technology- and innovation cooperation between Russia and the EU. European competitiveness shall be supported through strategic partnerships with Russia on a bilateral level and on the basis of mutual interest and benefit.

The project "Scenarios for a co-ordinated approach to sustainable S/T cooperation with the Eastern Neighbours of the EU (SCOPE-EAST)" intended to take sustainable steps in view of an enhanced coordination of the R&D co-operation of interested EU-Member States and Associated Candidate States with Russia and Eastern Europe. SCOPE-EAST addressed the question of how to achieve optimum coherence between national cooperation strategies and the EU R&D cooperation strategy and of how cooperation in R&D can contribute to other policies of the EU such as the European Neighbourhood policy. Main target countries of SCOPE-EAST were Russia and Ukraine. The domain of the former SCOPE EAST website is now in commercial use not related to the original project.
(original link removed, link to the final report of the project)

IncoNet EECA
The partnership between the countries of the European Union and Eastern Europe/Central Asia (EECA) is of utmost importance for the political, economic and social development of both regions.  The project addressed policy stakeholders from the EU/AC and EECA countries. The S&T International Cooperation Network for Eastern European & Central Asian countries ran from 1 January 2008 to 30 June 2012. Among its achievments were 5 successful EU-EECA Policy Stakeholders' Conferences and a comprehensive White Paper on Opportunities & Challenges in View of Enhancing the EU Cooperation with Eastern Europe, Central Asia and South Caucasus in Science, Research & Innovation.

RUSERA-EXE (‘Expanding ERA over Russia’) aimed at increasing the quantity and quality of cooperation between Russian and EU researchers by creating long lasting ‘researcher-to-researcher’ RTD partnerships. In this project a network of Regional Information Nodes for S&T cooperation (RIN’s) was established. The tasks of the RIN’s are to raise the awareness of the European RTD community for the significant research potential in Russia, to increase the information exchange between European and Russian RTD communities, to support the preparation of joint proposals for the EU-FP’s as well as for national EU research programmes etc.

Important portals

The information platform for S&T cooperation between the EU and Russia (S&T Gate RUS.EU) aims to improve networking between the research communities of the European Union and the Russian Federation, help increase mutual knowledge of the various national research landscapes and thereby support international co-operations. The S&T Gate RUS.EU was launched on 1 March 2010. 

incrEAST is a one-stop information platform designed to facilitate the networking of research organisations and institutions in the countries of Eastern Europe / Central Asia and South Caucasus with the European Union and to promote scientific dialogue between these countries and EU Member States/Associated Countries and the European Research Area in general. incrEAST offers comprehensive and up-to-date information about the most important developments in the area of science and technology, including calls, news, events, country reports, databases and backgroung information.

Further Organisations

INTAS (International Association for the Promotion of Cooperation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union ) was an international association which promoted co-operation with scientists in the NIS. It was set up in June 1993 as an independent organisation. As a non-profit, charitable association, based in Brussels and tax exempted, it was funded primarily through the Fifth Framework Programme, and carried out a large part of EU research activities with the NIS. INTAS was not continued in FP7. Its former website domain is now in commercial use not related to the original organisation.
(link removed)

The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) was established by international agreement in November 1992 as a nonproliferation program. The ISTC coordinates the efforts of numerous governments, international organisations, and private sector industries, providing weapons scientists from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States new opportunities in international partnership.

Pages of the European Commission

The Delegation of the European Commission to Russia
The Moscow Delegation is one of over 130 European Commission Delegations around the world. The basic mandate of the Delegation is to assure the representation of the European Commission towards the Russian Federation. The Delegation monitors and analyses the development of Russian policies and follows bilateral relations in the political, economic, commercial as well as financial and technical cooperation areas. It also conducts negotiations on behalf of the EU in accordance with approved mandates.

Coordination of Research Activities
The objective of Community actions in this field is to help structure the European Research Area.

ERA-NET under FP7
The objective of the ERA-NET scheme is to develop and strengthen the coordination of national and regional research programmes through two specific actions: 'ERA-NET actions' and 'ERA-NET Plus actions'

ERA-NET under FP6
The objectives of Community action in this field is to contribute to the creation of the European Research Area by stimulating and supporting programme coordination and joint activities conducted at national or regional level, as well as among European organisations, and thus help to develop the common knowledge base necessary for the coherent development of policies. These activities may be in any scientific and technological area, including in the thematic priority areas.

ERAWATCH provides information on national and regional research policies, actors, organisations and programmes.




  • ERA.Net RUS & Funded Projects 2012

    [PDF - 3.37 MB]

    (brochure on the ERA.Net RUS project, incl. all projects funded as a result of the Pilot Joint Calls) (URL: http://www.bmbf.de/_media/ERANet-RUS_2012_final_web.pdf)

  • Call Flyer 2014/2015

    [PDF - 2.02 MB]

    (call closed, info does not apply to the current call) (URL: http://www.bmbf.de/_media/ERANet_RUS_Plus_Flyer_for_web_Aug_2016.pdf)

  • Overview of EU-Russia R&D and Innovation Cooperation

    [PDF - 1.13 MB]

    (Foresight Background Paper 2013) (URL: http://www.bmbf.de/_media/Overview_of_EU-Russia_RnD_and_Innovation_Cooperation.pdf)


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