European Scientific and Technological cooperation

The Next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

- Preliminary position of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic on the design of the 9th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation „European Research Area for All“

- Position Paper of Priority Area "To develop the Knowledge Society (research, education and ICT)" (PA7) of the EU Strategy of the Danube Region (EUSDR) on Promoting Research and Innovation for the Danube Region in the upcoming EU-funding period after 2020 (particularly FP9)

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region

     The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a macro-regional strategy adopted by the European Commission in December 2010 and endorsed by the European Council in 2011. The Strategy was jointly developed by the Commission, together with the Danube Region countries and stakeholders, in order to address common challenges together. The Strategy seeks to create synergies and coordination between existing policies and initiatives taking place across the Danube Region.

     Priority Area 7 “To develop the Knowledge Society (research, education and ICT)” is jointly coordinated by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and University of Belgrade, Serbia, with the involvement of a wide network of key players and stakeholders.

PA7 webpage:

EU Framework programme for Research and Innovation 2014 -2020 Horizon 2020

     Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

- National informational platform on Horizon 2020:

- National Contact Points list:

- EC´s webpage on Horizon 2020:

- Participants Portal - information on calls and topics:

- Horizon Results Platform:

- Slovak Liaison Office for Research and Development (SLORD):

- Information for Researchers and Research Organizations:

Space Activities

    European Space Agency (ESA) is an inter-governmental organization dedicated to the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of humankind. Established in 1975 with 22 Member States, Associated Countries: Slovenia and Canada and its European cooperating states, ESA pushes the frontiers of science and technology, and promote economic growth in Europe.
     In 2010 Slovakia signed the first “Cooperation Agreement” with the ESA as a framework document that enabled the first contact of Slovak experts with ESA. In 2015, Slovakia signed a ”European Cooperating State Agreement“ and entered the ESA PECS program (Plan for European Cooperating States) and committed to allocate approximately 7,5 million euros for the period 2015 – 2020 for funding Slovak space projects, under the organisational supervision of the ESA.

A Conceptual Framework of Space Activities in the Slovak Republic

EU shapes its future space programmes
The EU is designing its space policy programme for the years 2021-2027. EU ambassadors confirmed the common understanding reached by the Council presidency with the European Parliament on the draft regulation on an EU Space Programme.

Space Strategy for Europe



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