Boosting Clusters in EaP countries

Boosting Clusters in EaP countries

Date: 31 January 2018, Sepsiszentgyörgy (Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania)


The project ‘STI International Cooperation Network for EaP Countries Plus (EaP PLUS)’ aims to stimulate cooperation between researchers from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and EU Member States and enhance the active participation of the EaP countries in Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

The EaP PLUS project has set up a Grant Scheme that is designed to enhance EU-EaP research and innovation partnerships through cluster and cluster-like organisation cooperation. The project grants of up to 10.000€ are offered to cluster-like legal entities or organisations. The grants cover the expenses of the cooperative activity of the EaP and their EU partner clusters and are allocated on a competitive basis following the evaluation by the EaP project representatives. The call was open from June 15 th 2017 to September 30 th 2017.

This project opened a new door and a great opportunity for a cooperation between Transylvanian Mechanical Engineering Cluster, representing a european cluster organisation and Engineering Academy of Armenia, a cluster-like organisation from Yerevan, Armenia.

The first activity will be the management team exchange between 2 nd and 5 th April, when Sergey Minasyan- President of the EAA, Razmik Barseghyan – Vice-president of the EAA and Diana Arzumanyan – Project Assistant will come to Romania for a better insight and exchange experience on structure and activities of Transylvanian Mechanical Engineering Cluster, learning cluster management and exchange of good practice, identification of complementary competences and resources and additional areas of interest for ensuring sustainable cooperation,
hands on support and outlining concrete activities for EAA to develop into cluster according to EU definition and legal registration.

More information on the EaP Plus project and on the grant scheme can be found on the following website:

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