The RDI-phase 2 operates through 3 main components:
Component I: Innovation Support
Building on results and experience gained during the implementation of the RDI Programme - Phase 1 to further realize a stronger impact on R&D, the second phase of RDI (signed on June 2011) will dedicate almost €12 Million to the EEIF to continue its support to applied research and innovation. Similar to RDI Phase 1, Phase 2 will focus on promoting research and innovation in specific sectors aligned with both national and EU priorities.
However, with the current trends of collaborative research, open innovation and no-borders technology transfer, Phase 2 is more keen to support long lasting
collaborative projects that could sustain themselves beyond the programme lifetime.
This will be implemented through two key components namely the Innovation Support and the Center of Excellence (CoE) Support.
The Innovation Support will focus mainly on providing competitive grants to collaborative applied research projects and establishing innovation clusters that address crosscutting technology/research areas.
The Center of Excellence (CoE) Support will focus on assisting the government in upgrading the research capacities and creating spin-offs from existing Centres of Excellence, as well as exploring the development of a business plan for the creation of a core CoE with educational, research and technology components.
Component II: Research Networking
Aiming at enhancing the participation of Egyptian researchers in EU funded research programmes, the RDI Research Networking Unit is in charge of establishing, supporting and monitoring a network of RDI Focal Points (over 40 Focal Points (FP)) in public and private universities, research centers and in various ministries as well as industry. The FP are serving as the major information multipliers of EU funded programmes to the Egyptian research community with special emphasis on the EU Framework Programmes (FP7 and Horizon 2020).
The Research Networking Unit serves to disseminate and exchange information on funding opportunities on a national and regional basis, promote and invigorate researchers capacities and ideas, integrate researchers into European Research area and MPC states, incubate consultants and establish and support research networks, linking them further throughout universities and research centers with EU/MPC networks, extend grants to fund activities such as incoming/outgoing mobility schemes and partnerships with EU Framework Programme projects (FP7 and Horizon 2020), EU-Egypt Innovation Fund (EEIF), and other EU funded projects.
The RDI Research Networking Unit liaises between the RDI network of FP and the FP7 thematic National Contact Points (NCP) thus providing a comprehensive and value added support to researchers.
Component III: Support to Centres of Excellence
Designed to assist the government in upgrading the research capacities in existing centres of excellence, launching competitive calls for capacity building and creation of spin-offs from existing centres of excellence, the Support to Centres of Excellence Unit explores also the development of a business plan for the creation of a core CoE with educational, research and technology components.
نبذة عن برنامج البحوث والتنمية والابتكار