IAEA Regional Workshop on Successfully Applying for EU-funded Projects on RBI
In cooperation with the government of the Republic of Croatia and the Ruđer Bošković Institute, the IAEA Regional Workshop on Successfully Applying for EU-funded Projects began today at the RBI. The Workshop was opened by RBI Director General, Dr. Danica Ramljak, Director of the Office for Science at the Ministry of Science and Education, Dr. Hrvoje Meštrić, Head of Department for International Cooperation of the State Office for Nuclear Safety Ms. Nevenka Novosel and IAEA representative, Dr. Ivan Videnović. The opening panel was chaired by IRB scientist Dr. Stjepko Fazinić.
The workshop will take place from the 25th to the 28th of May and will bring together sixty participants from twenty countries in Europe and Central Asia.
The aim of the workshop is to inform institutional and national FP7 advisors on the current situation in the European Commision as it relates to EU framework programs for research and development with particular emphasis on the field of nuclear research. In addition, the workshop will provide for the exchange of opinions relating to participation in FP7 programs in nuclear research and the sharing of experiences which should help in the successful participation of research and development organizations from Western Europe in FP7 programs.
The main theme of the workshop will be the participation of countries and institutions in FP7 programs. Mr. Sean McCarthy from Hyperion Ltd will also hold a training session at the workshop aimed at FP7 advisors who provide support to scientists applying for FP7 projects.
Research and development organizations are under external economic and social pressure imposed by changes in the nature of funding these institutions. The major challenge in a competitive funding environment is to achieve a balance between state funding and market resources. An additional challenge lies in finding a balance between research activities and engineering services.