FP7 In Egypt
EU-Egypt under the European Neighborhood Policy
• Common values and interests
• Deeper political, economic, social, education, scientific and cultural cooperation
• EGYPT Action Plan: Signed on 6thof March 2007
Action Plan: Science, Research and Technological Development
• Accelerate Egypt’s integration into the European Research Area
• Develop scientific and technological capacity for SMEs
• Integration of Egypt into high-level exchanges
S&T Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Egypt
• Signed on 21 June 2005
• Implementation started 2006:
• Action Plan 2006-2007 adopted:
- EU and Egypt actions
- Priority areas for cooperation
Priority areas for S&T collaboration
• Agriculture, Food, Biotechnology
• Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials, and Production Technologies
• Information and Communication Technologies
• Environment (water)
• Socio-economics and humanities
• Security and space
Preparing for Egypt participation in the seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
• Participation in Calls for proposals
• Egyptian experts participating in FP7 evaluation panels
• Fellowships applications (mobility)
• Promotion of SME’s participation and industrial activities within FP7
EU strengthens R&D ties with Egypt
The European Union will offer EUR 20 million to Egypt to promote research and innovation, Ambassador of the European Delegation in Egypt Marc Franco announced at the first Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Marketplace in Heliopolis, Egypt in late January. The funds will be earmarked for the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) programme that was established under the EC-EGYPT bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 2007.
The RDI programme, which has already been injected with EUR 11 million in EU support, launched the event under the patronage of Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, the Daily News Egypt reported. The event also hosted the Euro-Mediterranean Innovation and Research Forum as well as the Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Exhibition.
'Innovation is key to recovery and to building [a] more sustainable economy and society after the crisis,' Mr Franco was quoted as telling members of the event, held between 26 and 28 January. The Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Marketplace is a communications platform and an information hub for researchers, inventors, academia and industry.
Said RDI coordinator Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry: 'With more than 200 exhibitors and 50 speakers representing diverse organisations from about 18 European and Mediterranean countries, the Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Marketplace offers a valuable platform for major science and innovation players to meet, network and further develop business ideas, projects and partnerships.'
For his part, Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Hany Mahfouz Helal said: 'The Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Marketplace complements the strategy of the ministry to foster the culture of innovation in Egypt and strengthen cooperation channels with European and Mediterranean counterparts from both research and business sectors.'
A professor of mineralogy from Cairo University, Dr Helal and his ministry oversee the management of the RDI programme and its funds.
However, despite the country's willingness to boost regional innovation, local innovators face a number of challenges in bringing their ideas to fruition.
'We have a patent, but it's local,' explained inventors Tarek El-Bagory and Mohamed El-Sayed. 'The guarantee for this patent is only in Egypt, not international, like in America.' The investors presented a new testing station for national gas pipelines at the event. Their biggest concern is not to disclose a great deal of information about their invention when it is presented in papers so as to ensure that no one pinches their idea.
Egyptian inventors also have to put up with a lack of management training. 'In our faculty we study about business engineering and management, but nothing specific for inventions,' they remarked. 'We need training in invention marketing.'
Professor Bahaa Shawky of the National Research Center in Egypt commented that the government should be more instrumental in searching for and supporting ideas. He invented a solution that facilitates that release of biomass energy from cellulose-rich plants, a process that fuels clean renewable energy development.
'We should start a pilot plant which needs only half a million Egyptian pounds. I am waiting for these funds,' Professor Shawky said. 'I am a scientist; that means that I am in my lab. All this [research] is on the Internet.'
Officials note that thanks to the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which has a EUR 53 billion budget over a period of 7 years, government in Egypt will have more opportunities to obtain money for research.