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Updates from the region
Albania
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Kosovo *
Montenegro
North Macedonia
Serbia
The theme of the month
Meetings of the Western Balkans Steering Platforms
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News
Calls
Events
Resources
Programmes/Policies
Initiatives
Organisations
Focus article
POLICY ANSWERS review of the progresses shared at the Meeting of the WB Steering Platforms in June
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Other highlights
Other News
Other Calls
Other Events
Other Resources
Other Programmes/Policies
Other Initiatives
Other Organisations
Updates from the region
Western Balkans
News
Western Balkans R&I updates - a review by POLICY ANSWERS⇾
[Event Review] Implementation of the European Research Area (ERA) in the Western Balkans⇾
Western Balkans Talents Selected for EIT Jumpstarter Bootcamps 2024⇾
The European Training Foundation in the Western Balkans⇾
[Event Review] Workshop on Western Balkans European Research Area (ERA) reporting, 5 June 2024 -Skopje⇾
2024 EIT Jumpstarter Cohort selected with strong participation from Western Balkans⇾
[Event Review] Western Balkans Steering Platforms Meeting on Culture, Education and Training & Research and Innovation (Skopje, 3-5 June 2024)⇾
Workshop: How to Initiate Sustainable Changes in your Company by Implementing Green Transformation? (Video)⇾
Shape the Future of Soil Education: Participate in the LOESS Survey!⇾
Biodiversity Task Force for the Western Balkans⇾
Exploring Political Dynamics Between Western Balkans and Central Europe: An Electronic Survey and Policy Recommendations⇾
POLICY ANSWERS presented at the official launch of the European Insitute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) RIS Hub Montenegro⇾
FAQ - Western Balkans Innovation Vouchers Call for Applications⇾
60 new COST Actions approved in May 2024⇾
Be Part of the M-ERA.NET Call 2024 Evaluation Team!⇾
Horizon Europe EU Missions: over €230 million available under the Adaptation to Climate Change and Restore Our Oceans and Water Calls⇾
Join the Next POLICY ANSWERS Webinar on Mission-oriented Innovation: Status and Future Opportunities for the Western Balkans on 27 May 2024!⇾
Watch the Recordings of the POLICY ANSWERS Webinars!⇾
Western Balkans Ministers of European Affairs and Finance met with focus on Growth Plan and Regional Cooperation⇾
Key Points of the Online Workshop on Critical Raw Materials Potential in the Western Balkans Region⇾
Western Balkans European Research Area (ERA) Country Reports 2023⇾
The Innovative Glass Transition Reduces Energy Consumption⇾
Calls
RCC Balkaton 5.0: Competition for Digital Innovation in the Western Balkans is Open Deadline: 5 July 2024
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Call for Proposals: Sustainable High-throughput Production Processes for Stable Lithium Metal Anodes for Next Generation Batteries Deadline: 5 September 2024
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Call for Proposals: Post-Li-ion technologies and relevant manufacturing techniques for mobility applications (Generation 5) Deadline: 5 September 2024
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Call for Proposals: Synergy with National and Regional Initiatives in Europe on Innovative Materials Deadline: 10 September 2024
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Circular Biobased Economy (CBE) Joint Undertaking (JU) Call 2024 Deadline: 18 September 2024
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Call for Proposals on EU Mission "Adaptation to Climate Change" (HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01) - 9 topics Deadline: 18 September 2024
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Call for Proposals on EU Mission "Restore Our Oceans and Waters" (HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-01) - 5 topics Deadline: 18 September 2024
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Call for Proposals on EU Mission “Restore Our Oceans and Waters” (HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-02) – 2 topics Deadline: 18 September 2024
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European Molecular Biology Laboratory Calls for Input to the 'Discover Your World: Molecular Wonders of Nature' Science-Art Project Deadline: 18 October 2024
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COST Open Call 2024 Deadline: 23 October 2024
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Call for Applications: Western Balkans Innovation Vouchers Deadline: 20 November 2024
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EEN2EIC: Open Call for Local Nodes Deadline: 1 March 2025
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EUREKA Open Call for Network Projects Applications Deadline: 31 December 2025
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Events
Applications Open for Summer School for Students and Researchers Knowledgeable About the Danube Region 16 - 22 July 2024, Sarajevo⇾
POLICY ANSWERS Webinar: Challenges and Opportunities for the Mission-oriented Implementation of Climate Adaptation and Sustainable Cities 18 July 2024⇾
Colloquium: Beating Cancer with SEEIIST while Shaping Science in South-East Europe" by Dr. Sanja Damjanovic 29 August 2024⇾
International Workshop on Promoting AI-Supported Eco-Activism in the Western Balkans 26 - 27 September 2024, Prilep⇾
International Physics Conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina - PHYCONBA 2024 (Registration Fee) 26 - 27 September 2024, Sarajevo⇾
PROFEEDBACK Conference "Participation in evaluation – Participatory evaluation" 1 October 2024, Tirana⇾
Conference of Chemists, Technologists and Ecologists of the Republic of Srpska 18 - 19 October 2024, Banja Luka⇾
European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Symposium 2024 21 - 23 October 2024, Berlin⇾
BIOEAST and BEYOND High level Conference on CEE R&I priorities for soil, fresh water resilience, food system security and bioeconomy related policies 4 - 6 December 2024, Budapest⇾
Resources
Strengthening the R&I capacity in the Western Balkans through knowledge valorisation⇾
The Reform and Growth Facility for the Western Balkans at a glance⇾
Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council 2023-2024⇾
Hungarian EU Presidency Priority in the Context of BIOEAST Initiative and Strong Engagement of Western Balkans⇾
Environment and Climate in EU Enlargement⇾
Smart specialisation development in the WBs: State of play and JRC support⇾
Commission Staff Working Document: Guidelines for the Implementation of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans⇾
Smart Specialisation in the Western Balkans: potential for knowledge-based economic cooperation (2024)⇾
Driving the Green Transition: The Role of Critical Raw Materials in the Western Balkans⇾
FAQ - Western Balkans Mobility Scheme Call for Applications⇾
Initiatives
INSPIRING ERA Project⇾
TRATOLOW (Transition towards low emissions and climate-resilient economy in the Western Balkans and Türkiye)⇾
EU support to Western Balkan Six Chamber Investment Forum for the Development of the Common Regional Market⇾
Albania
News
Scientific Collaboration between Albania and Kosovo and Infrastructure Supported in Albania⇾
Green Transport in Tirana: €110 Million Project Ready by 2029, Three Rapid Bus Lines⇾
Calls
Call for Applications: Western Balkans Innovation Vouchers Deadline: 20 November 2024
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Events
PROFEEDBACK Conference "Participation in evaluation – Participatory evaluation" 1 October 2024, Tirana⇾
UNECE 8th Expert Meeting on Statistics for Sustainable Development Goals & Workshop 15 - 17 October 2024, Tirana⇾
Resources
European Research Area (ERA) Country Report 2023 for Albania⇾
Initiatives
COWEB - Promoting and Facilitating Collaborative Virtual International Learning in the Western Balkans Higher Education Institutions⇾
EU4Innovation⇾
EU for Inclusion in the Labor Market (EU4LMI)⇾
Biodiversa+ partnership supporting excellent research on biodiversity⇾
Organisations
Durana Tech Park⇾
Union for the Mediterranean Secretariate⇾
EIT RawMaterials Regional Innovation Center⇾
Bosnia & Herzegovina
News
Bosnia and Herzegovina Hosts Horizon Europe Info Day to Promote EU Research and Innovation⇾
Creative Europe Offers Opportunities for BiH Cultural Sector⇾
The University of Banja Luka staff meets representatives of Styria region in Austria ⇾
Three Western Balkans Regions are part of the Regional Innovation Valleys Receiving Support from the European Commission⇾
The European Researchers' Night in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2024-2025⇾
Training on “Organising and Managing Research Support Services” at University of Banja Luka organised mid May 2024⇾
Second EU – Bosnia and Herzegovina Horizon Europe Joint R&I Committee Meeting Successfully Held⇾
Chemistry Department of UNIBL at the final conference of the Agriplast project⇾
The training of chemistry teachers within the Erasmus+ project ChemTeach⇾
Draft versions of Management Plans and Action Plans for the protected areas in Republic of Srpska presented⇾
Panel discussion "The role of start-ups in the development of Industry 5.0" held at the UNSA⇾
Promotion of the "Rulebook on the Management of Intellectual Property of the University of Sarajevo"⇾
Calls
Call for CEEPUS Scholarships for the Academic Year 2024/2025 Deadline: 15 October 2024
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Call for Applications: Western Balkans Innovation Vouchers Deadline: 20 November 2024
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Events
8th International Conference on Engineering Technology and Innovation - ICETI 2024 2 - 6 October 2024, Sarajevo and Online⇾
International Symposium on Industrial Electronics and Applications – INDEL 2024 (Registration Fee) 6 - 8 November 2024, Banja Luka⇾
Resources
European Research Area (ERA) country report 2023 for Bosnia and Herzegovina⇾
Initiatives
COWEB - Promoting and Facilitating Collaborative Virtual International Learning in the Western Balkans Higher Education Institutions⇾
Organisations
Union for the Mediterranean Secretariate⇾
Kosovo*
News
The Museum of Kosovo will Undergo General Restoration⇾
14th Edition of Chopin PianoFest in Pristina⇾
Training in the "Cultural Heritage in Janjevë" project⇾
Kosovo Archival Material Digitization: New High-Resolution Scanners in Action, 1.4 Million Documents Scanned⇾
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center has been Established in the University of Pristina⇾
Skills for the Labor Market - Fit for Jobs project provides free IT Training to 240 Young People in Pristina⇾
The Center for Education of Youth and Adults has been opened in Prizren⇾
Kosovo Approved the Law on the Promotion of the Use of Renewable Energy Resources⇾
20 Participants from Kosovo Certified by the EU Environmental Academy⇾
First Auction for the 100 MW Solar Energy Park in Kosovo⇾
EIB accelerates green transition with €33 million for new solar power plant in Kosovo⇾
Calls
Call for Applications: Western Balkans Innovation Vouchers Deadline: 20 November 2024
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Resources
Circular Economy Roadmap of Kosovo⇾
European Research Area (ERA) Country Report 2023 for Kosovo⇾
Initiatives
COWEB - Promoting and Facilitating Collaborative Virtual International Learning in the Western Balkans Higher Education Institutions⇾
Biodiversa+ partnership supporting excellent research on biodiversity⇾
Organisations
Innovation and Training Park (ITP) Prizren⇾
Montenegro
News
Third Meeting of the Horizon Europe EU-Montenegro Joint Research and Innovation Committee⇾
[Event Review] Unleashing the innovation potential in Montenegro and Western Balkans - Official Launch of the EIT Community RIS Hub Montenegro⇾
Three Western Balkans Regions are part of the Regional Innovation Valleys Receiving Support from the European Commission⇾
Montenegro and Austria Launch Joint Scientific Cooperation Projects for 2024-2026⇾
IAEA Donates Equipment to Montenegro for Rapid African Swine Fever Diagnosis⇾
Expansion of EduRobotic Project Nationwide⇾
POLICY ANSWERS partners celebrate the grand opening of the Science and Technology Park of Montenegro⇾
POLICY ANSWERS participated in the European Fair in Montenegro⇾
POLICY ANSWERS presented at the official launch of the European Insitute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) RIS Hub Montenegro⇾
Invitation to the Public Debate on the Draft Strategy for the Development of Sports in Montenegro⇾
Meeting with Representatives of the NCP Network for the Horizon Europe Programme⇾
The third Edition of the Montenegrin Social Impact Award (SIA) Programme has been Opened⇾
Synergy of Key Institutions for Strong Innovation Development in Montenegro⇾
11 million Euros EU Grant for the Educational System of Montenegro⇾
Calls
Call for Applications: Western Balkans Innovation Vouchers Deadline: 20 November 2024
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Public Call for Innovation Vouchers (Innovation Fund of Montenegro) Deadline: 31 December 2024
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Resources
European Research Area (ERA) country report 2023 for Montenegro⇾
Initiatives
COWEB - Promoting and Facilitating Collaborative Virtual International Learning in the Western Balkans Higher Education Institutions⇾
Integrating Biodiversity into Sectoral Policies and Practices and Strengthening Key Biodiversity Areas in Montenegro⇾
Organisations
Union for the Mediterranean Secretariate⇾
North Macedonia
News
Second EU – North Macedonia Joint R&I Committee Meeting under Horizon Europe⇾
Three Western Balkans Regions are part of the Regional Innovation Valleys Receiving Support from the European Commission⇾
Skopje has been Declared the European Capital of Culture for 2028⇾
Skopje's STEM Academy Triumphs at Global Robotics Olympiad in Crete⇾
Renewable Energy Fair at Skopje City Mall⇾
Erasmus+ Info Centre Opens in Bitola to Support Youth⇾
Smart Specialisation Strategy of the Republic of North Macedonia 2024-2027 and the Action Plan 2024-2025⇾
The First Conference on Green Engineering, Sustainable Materials and Technologies for Circular Economy was successfully held in Skopje⇾
Open Laboratory for Advanced and Sustainable Materials was opened at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje⇾
Calls
Call for Applications: Western Balkans Innovation Vouchers Deadline: 20 November 2024
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Resources
A Roadmap towards Circular Economy of North Macedonia⇾
European Research Area (ERA) country report 2023 for North Macedonia⇾
Initiatives
Reducing Plastic Waste Through The Production Of Green Composites By Valorisation Of Lignin - The Environmental Investment Programme For 2023⇾
Organisations
Union for the Mediterranean Secretariate⇾
Together 4 Circular⇾
Serbia
News
Initiating Sustainable Changes in Your Company through Green Transformation in Serbia - POLICY ANSWERS workshops⇾
Calls
Call for Applications: Western Balkans Innovation Vouchers Deadline: 20 November 2024
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Public Call for Innovation Vouchers (Innovation Fund of Serbia) Deadline: 31 December 2024
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Events
3rd PROFEEDBACK Training School: Introduction to Qualitative and Participatory Methods 9 - 11 July 2024, Belgrade⇾
Resources
European Research Area (ERA) country report 2023 for Serbia⇾
Initiatives
ERC project in Serbia: Numerically exact theory of transport in strongly correlated systems at low temperature and under magnetic fields (Acronym: SCLoTHiFi)⇾
Organisations
Fund for Innovation Activities⇾
Meetings of the Western Balkans Steering Platforms
News
Western Balkans R&I updates - a review by POLICY ANSWERS⇾
The European Training Foundation in the Western Balkans⇾
[Event Review] Western Balkans Steering Platforms Meeting on Culture, Education and Training & Research and Innovation (Skopje, 3-5 June 2024)⇾
[Event Review] Workshop on Western Balkans European Research Area (ERA) reporting, 5 June 2024 -Skopje⇾
Resources
Strengthening the R&I capacity in the Western Balkans through knowledge valorisation⇾
Smart specialisation development in the WBs: State of play and JRC support⇾
Smart Specialisation in the Western Balkans: potential for knowledge-based economic cooperation (2024)⇾
EU-Western Balkan cooperation through Erasmus+⇾
Hungarian EU Presidency Priority in the Context of BIOEAST Initiative and Strong Engagement of Western Balkans⇾
The Reform and Growth Facility for the Western Balkans at a glance⇾
Environment and Climate in EU Enlargement⇾
Other highlights
News
Three Western Balkans Regions are part of the Regional Innovation Valleys Receiving Support from the European Commission⇾
2024 EIT Jumpstarter Cohort selected with strong participation from Western Balkans⇾
Shape the Future of Soil Education: Participate in the LOESS Survey!⇾
60 new COST Actions approved in May 2024⇾
Horizon Europe EU Missions: over €230 million available under the Adaptation to Climate Change and Restore Our Oceans and Water Calls⇾
Calls
Western Balkans Mobility Scheme: A POLICY ANSWERS Pilot Programme – Call for Experts Deadline: 14 July 2024
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Call for Proposals: Sustainable High-throughput Production Processes for Stable Lithium Metal Anodes for Next Generation Batteries Deadline: 5 September 2024
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Call for Proposals: Post-Li-ion technologies and relevant manufacturing techniques for mobility applications (Generation 5) Deadline: 5 September 2024
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Call for Proposals: Synergy with National and Regional Initiatives in Europe on Innovative Materials Deadline: 10 September 2024
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Circular Biobased Economy (CBE) Joint Undertaking (JU) Call 2024 Deadline: 18 September 2024
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Call for Proposals on EU Mission "Adaptation to Climate Change" (HORIZON-MISS-2024-CLIMA-01) - 9 topics Deadline: 18 September 2024
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Call for Proposals on EU Mission "Restore Our Oceans and Waters" (HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-01) - 5 topics Deadline: 18 September 2024
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Call for Proposals on EU Mission “Restore Our Oceans and Waters” (HORIZON-MISS-2024-OCEAN-02) – 2 topics Deadline: 18 September 2024
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Call for Members of the Evaluation Committee for the Western Balkans Innovation Voucher Pilot Programme Deadline: 11 October 2024
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European Molecular Biology Laboratory Calls for Input to the 'Discover Your World: Molecular Wonders of Nature' Science-Art Project Deadline: 18 October 2024
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COST Open Call 2024 Deadline: 23 October 2024
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Public Call for Innovation Vouchers (Innovation Fund of Serbia) Deadline: 31 December 2024
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Public Call for Innovation Vouchers (Innovation Fund of Montenegro) Deadline: 31 December 2024
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EEN2EIC: Open Call for Local Nodes Deadline: 1 March 2025
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EUREKA Open Call for Network Projects Applications Deadline: 31 December 2025
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[Call for Action] Join the Mission Charter for EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters! Deadline: 31 December 2030
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Events
Colloquium: Beating Cancer with SEEIIST while Shaping Science in South-East Europe" by Dr. Sanja Damjanovic 29 August 2024⇾
ERA 2024: Stakeholder Conference on the European Research Area 18 September 2024⇾
South East European Software Testing Conference Zagreb SEETEST 2024 (with participation fee) 26 - 27 September 2024, Zagreb⇾
PROFEEDBACK Conference "Participation in evaluation – Participatory evaluation" 1 October 2024, Tirana⇾
UNECE 8th Expert Meeting on Statistics for Sustainable Development Goals & Workshop 15 - 17 October 2024, Tirana⇾
European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Symposium 2024 21 - 23 October 2024, Berlin⇾
REvaluation Conference 2024 4 - 6 December 2024, Vienna⇾
BIOEAST and BEYOND High level Conference on CEE R&I priorities for soil, fresh water resilience, food system security and bioeconomy related policies 4 - 6 December 2024, Budapest⇾
Resources
Spatial Planning: The Crucial Element for Sustainable and Resilient Local Development (IN-PLAN Policy Brief)⇾
European Critial Raw Materials Act (CRM Act)⇾
European Critial Raw Materials Act (Factsheet)⇾
Net-Zero Industry Act⇾
Green Deal Industrial Plan⇾
EC Communication on Advanced Materials for Industrial Leadership⇾
Study on the Critical Raw Materials for the EU 2023⇾
Initiatives
INSPIRING ERA Project⇾
TRATOLOW (Transition towards low emissions and climate-resilient economy in the Western Balkans and Türkiye)⇾
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