Cooperations & Partnerships

The EU-Russia Collaborative Innovation Project


ven though political tensions between Russia and the European Union are high due to recent events, the two entities still maintain collaborative projects – mostly in innovation, science and technology. Horizon 2020 is an EU-funded project and is the world’s largest publically funded initiative. The project is open to non-EU applicants, amongst which Russia has received the most amount of funding.

1. Russia’s Position In Horizon 2020

“Horizon 2020 is a key actor in helping further establish Russia as a center of innovation, develop its international scientific position and improve international cooperation with the EU.”

Leonid Bobylev, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center.

Three separate programmes will be focused on: research, innovation and societal challenges such as health, clean energy and transport. There will, however, be an emphasis on climate change.

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme

Horizon is also one of the major instruments to tackle economic and financial issues that both the EU and Russia face. It does so through investing in research, development and innovation. Additional problems the regions are facing would include sustainable development and global warming – whose consequences have been critically underestimated. The world has seen extreme events due to global warming, making the adoption of measures to combat the process a priority in Horizon 2020’s programme.

Russia owes its science base heritage to the former Soviet Union. Today, however, the Federation’s funding of science is a mere 1.1% of its GDP and hasn’t seen any stable growth.

The Russian Federation inherited a strong science base from the former Soviet Union. However, federal funding of science in Russia until now was only about 1.1% of GDP and has not shown stable growth.

2. EU-Russia Cooperation

The European Union and the Russian Federation have a strong history of cooperation in science and technology, based on common interests and mutual benefit.

The Common Space in Research, Education and Cultural Matters was created in 2003 by both the EU and Russia. It aims to reinforce their cooperation in research and development on the basis of common values and shared interests.

The Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee are working groups that meet regularly to discuss potential research topics where both sides can benefit. Areas of research include aeronautics, energy, environment, agriculture, health, infrastructures, nanotechnologies and space.

Another programme called The EU-Russia Science and Technology Cooperation Roadmap sets out potential new actions in order to strengthen and build a strategic partnership between the two entities in the fields of research and innovation.

Russia continues to be the most successful international cooperation partner country when it comes to the amount of EU financial compensations, the number of participants as well as collaborative actions they participate in. We will next discuss about three collaborative programmes between Russia and the EU in the fields of science, technology and innovation

3. EU-Russia Collaborative Programmes

ERA.NET RUS Plus is a programme that involves 28 consortium members. It focuses on research projects in the fields of technology, health, social sciences, innovations and the environment. Its major objective is to deepen the transnational collaboration between the Russian Federation and the European Union as well as reduce the impact of national borders on cooperative research.

The International Center on Environment and Remote Sensing is a Russian non-profit scientific foundation. It was established by the General Assembly of Founders. It aims to implement scientific activities and goals.

BILAT-RUS-Advanced is yet another collaborative project between the EU and Russia. Based on mutual interest and benefit, this programme aims to increase the two entities’ competitiveness through strategic partnership in scientific, innovative and technologic fields.

The European Union also benefits from partners like Japan. Find out more in our article about Japan-EU Partnership In Innovation, Science And Technology

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Japan-EU Partnership In Innovation, Science And Technology


apan-EU Partnership in Innovation, Science and Technology, abbreviated as JEUPISTE, is a project based on EU and Japan cooperation in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation. It promotes cooperation programmes such as Horizon 2020 by organizing workshops, information days and thematic events. It aims to help researchers and research organizations through training seminars on project management.

Japan-EU Partnership in Innovation, Science and Technology,

Europe and Japan are facing similar societal challenges while sharing common values. The programme has selected key enabling technologies and societal challenges to cooperate on. These include ICT, advanced materials, biotechnology, innovation in SMEs, health, demographic change and well-being, clean energy as well as inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.

1. Objectives And Activities Of The JEUPISTE Project

What does JEUPISTE aim to achieve and how does it fulfill its objectives?

To start with, the project is willing to support policy dialogues. To do so, it collects, constantly updates and analyzes data on EU-Japan STI collaboration and sets up a continuous process of exchange within Europe for further STI cooperation with Japan.

JEUPISTE aims to create a bilateral information service by organizing events in both the European Union and Japan on Japanese STI programmes and Horizon 2020 respectively, while sill collaborating with other EU schemes.

JEUPISTE aims to create a bilateral information service by organizing events in both the European Union and Japan

The project’s third objective is the organization of cooperative events on technology and societal challenges. This objective is reached through intensive workshops on academic and innovation partnership building, involving industry, research communities, academia and others. It also promotes dialogue among funding organizations.

Finally, JEUPISTE holds trainings on several Contact Points. Human resources in Japan are trained on Horizon 2020, while Europeans are, themselves, trained on Japanese STI programmes.

The European Union holds many cooperative programmes on science, technology and innovation. Learn more about the Future And Emerging Technologies Open Funds Project.

Japan-EU Partnership in Innovation, Science and Technology addresses many issues on both societal challenges and science. In the following paragraphs, we will discuss two scientific themes the project aims to discuss.

2. JEUPISTE’s Role In Climate Issues

Climate in sustainable development, the eradication of energy poverty, the improvement of air quality, the increase of well-being, the availability of food and water and the enhancement of energy security. Those are the issues discussed by CD-LINKS, a research project based on EU-funding. The project has four main goals:

This form of collaboration comes with benefits such as the possibility to affirm research results by comparing and the appeal it has on Japanese stakeholders.

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    To set a link between climate change policies and sustainable development objectives

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    To present evidence of the effectiveness of these policies by exploring past and current experiences

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    To build a research network in order for European institutions to exchange knowledge

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    To develop a low-carbon next generation

This form of collaboration comes with benefits such as the possibility to affirm research results by comparing and the appeal it has on Japanese stakeholders.

3. The PROTINUS Project

An abbreviation for Providing new insight into Interactions between soil Functions and Structure, this biological project assembles a multi-disciplinary team from European, Japanese, Mexican and New Zealand based Universities and private companies. Their goal is to analyze soil structure and soil function by testing theories on a model.

Roots as seen in a CT scan

The project is done in four stages. The first step consists of an investigation in today’s best practices in experimental soil science. The second stage is about the inter-disciplinary aspect of the project and exploring each stakeholder’s roles.  The formation of a new methodology meant to modify soil practices is done in step three. Finally, on stage four, the team looks at the outcome and consequences of their new practice in order to understand how it impacts soil structure and its functions.

The importance of new technologies in education is also an issue addressed in European projects. To learn more, make sure you read our article on Future Classroom Design Ideas By iTEC Europe a project meant to individualize leaning.

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