25.11.2013 - 27.11.2013 | Moscow

Official launch of the ERA.Net RUS Plus initiative on 27 November 2013

Embedded in a joint row of events, which marked the start of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014, the ERA.Net RUS Plus initiative was launched on 27 November in Moscow. On 26 November the project organised a 'Vision' conference on the future of EU-Russia cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation.
The launch ceremony for the 'EU Russia Year of Science 2014' on 25 November was followed by a high-ranking conference on the future potential of EU-Russian science, technology and innovation cooperation on 26 November. At this conference, hosted by the Moscow State University, experts from science and innovation as well as policy stakeholders discussed their vision towards future EU‐Russia STI cooperation. The event was opened by the European Commission’s Director-General for Research and Innovation and the Russian Deputy Minister for Education and Science.

The opening events of the Year of Science concluded on 27 November with a 'Breakfast Session' on opportunities for Future EU‐Russia Joint Projects within the prestigious premises of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. During this event, opportunities for future EU-Russia joint STI projects were presented and discussed. Special attention was given to the new framework programme Horizon 2020 and the Russian Federal Target Programmes on Science and Technology.  

25 November:
Official Opening Ceremony | download agenda (updated 14 Nov 2013)

26 November:
Conference 'Towards a Vision for EU-Russia Science, Technology and
Innovation Cooperation' | download agenda (updated 21 Nov 2013)

27 November:
Breakfast Session on Opportunities for Future EU-Russian Joint Projects
& Kick-Off Meeting ERA.Net RUS Plus | download agenda (updated 20 Nov 2013)

Learn more about the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014

ERA.Net RUS Plus launch event:

In the frame of the new ERA.Net RUS Plus initiative that has officially started on 1 November 2013, the launch event on 27 November 2013 in Moscow aimed at introducing the initiative to all partners and discussing the call implementation. Since a joint call is at the heart of ERA.Net RUS Plus, the procedures of the call were discussed in depth and open issues were clarified. The main objective of the meeting was therefore to finalize call related documents in order to be able to launch the call in spring 2014.

The ERA.Net RUS Plus is a new action to foster European and Russian multilateral cooperation in the field of RTD and innovation. The main aim is to form new long lasting mechanisms for RTD cooperation between EU MS/AC and Russia at equitable and mutually beneficial basis.

Breakfast Session:

The Breakfast Session on "Opportunities for Future EU-Russia Joint Projects" held on 27 November 2013 in Moscow aimed at providing an overview over the new framework programs in Russia and the EU. In particular, the Breakfast Session introduced further funding opportunities for joint EU-Russia initiatives in Science, Technology and Innovation by highlighting (among others) the Russian Federal Target Programme, the new Russian National Science Foundation, the new ERA.Net RUS Plus initiative, the RFBR basic research fund and the FASIE support for small businesses.