The EC opens doors for Albanian researchers through the Joint Research Center

 
 The European Joint Research Centre (JRC) opens its laboratories and scientific facilities to people working in academia and research organizations, industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and more generally to the public and private sectors, for all Western Balkan countries, including Albania.

JRC also provides access to its non-nuclear facilities to researchers and scientists from EU Member States and countries associated with the EU Horizon 2020 Research Program. For nuclear facilities, JRC opens to EU Member States and countries associated with the Euratom Research Program.

Providing access for visiting scholars is part of JRC's strategy to:
- improve the dissemination of scientific knowledge;
- increase competition;
- bridging the gap between research and industry;
- providing training and capacity building.

Scientists will have the opportunity to work in the following areas:
nuclear safety and security (Euratom Laboratories);
chemistry;
biology/life sciences;
physical sciences;
ICT;
Foresight.

Scientific research remains scarce in Albania. Even the few projects that come up with EU programs fail to pass all the filters and are being rejected. In one document, the government acknowledges that we are the last in the region in terms of research funded by European Union programs. Only 4.8 percent of those applying have succeeded in absorbing a modest amount of funds.

“The EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Program has a particular focus on the collaborative relationship between business and the research community. During the first two years of its implementation in 2014-2016, some research institutes in Albania have tried to participate and benefit from this program, but current data show that Albania still has the lowest levels of participation in the absorption of funds compared also to other Balkan countries,” the document reads among other things.
The EC opens doors for Albanian researchers through the Joint Research Center The EC opens doors for Albanian researchers through the Joint Research Center Wednesday, January 01, 2020 Rating: 5
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