President Poroshenko signed a law "On ratification of Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union on the participation of Ukraine in the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation" Horizon 2020”, which was passed by Parliament on July 15, states the press service of the Ministry of Education.
Agreement between Ukraine and the EU on Ukraine's participation in EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation "Horizon 2020" was signed on March 20, 2015 by Ukrainian Minister of Education Serhiy Kvit and European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Modeas.
This document gives Ukraine an opportunity to take grants from the European Research Council. In particular, Ukrainian scientists will have the right to apply for mobility programs and receive scholarships with a total financing of about 6 bln EUR. The total amount of funds the program "Horizon 2020" is 80 bln EUR. With a discount of 95% for the program "Horizon 2020", the total contribution of Ukraine is 35.5 mln EUR by 2020, without making the 2015 contribution.
The President also signed the Law of Ukraine "On ratification of the Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union renewing the Agreement between Ukraine and the EU on scientific and technological cooperation."
Ratification of the agreement will promote the partnership between Ukraine and the EU in the field of science and technology, creating favorable conditions for the effective use of scientific and technological capabilities of the parties and the protection of intellectual property.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. 142 SMEs from 23 countries have been selected in the latest round of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 1.