CEE countries to boost biomed academic research with € 3 billion EU funds

Alliance4Life, an association of biomedical research institutes in central and eastern Europe, has announced the launch of an EU-funded project aiming to improve the culture, strategic management and overall conditions for scientific excellence in the region.

The alliance was formed in Vilnius back in 2019 by ten founding institutions. Two new member universities from Bulgaria and Romania were invited to join the consortium this year.

The partner institutions are planning to continue investments in career development of researchers and to attract talent from around the world.

Over the next seven years, the EU is to invest 3.3% of the €95.5 billion Horizon Europe budget to encourage research cooperation in central, eastern and southern Europe.

At the same time, EU commissioner for research and innovation Maryia Gabriel is spearheading a reform of the European Research Area (ERA), a plan to establish a single market for research where researchers would be incentivised to work in institutions located in less developed EU member states.

Last year, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) announced a new programme that offers universities and other scientific institutions long-term financial support that will cover the stay of a foreign scientist coming to carry out fundamental research in Poland.

The Czech Technology Agency (TACR) also has an ongoing partnership with eleven funding agencies in seven countries outside the EU: Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. The funding helps Czech scientists team up with colleagues from public and private research institutes abroad on applied research projects and experimental development.

In 2019 The Austrian Science Fund, the Czech Science Foundation, Poland’s National Science Centre and the Slovenian Research Agency have formed a partnership to boost cooperation in the region through joint funding and evaluation of cross-border research projects.

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