Azerbaijani scientists claim to participate in new EU program Horizon 2020

Azerbaijan Materials 29 October 2012 19:42 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, October 29 /Trend H.Veliyev /

Azerbaijani science claims to be represented in the new program of the European Union on research and innovation Horizon 2020, Director of the Institute of Information Technologies of ANAS Rasim Aliguliyev told Trend.

Aliguliyev noted that the budget of the program, which starts in 2013, will amount to 80 billion euros. The project will be financed by the European Union.

The main priorities of the program Horizon 2020 will be the raise of the scientific research level and scientific competitiveness, investment in key industrial technologies to further output to world markets and address major social problems.

"It is possible that Azerbaijan has the potential to receive financial support in the case of proper activity in the field of scientific research. The project provides the allocation of various grants not only in the field of information technology. There are multiple scientific priorities, in which participation of Azerbaijani scientists would be useful" Aliguliyev said.

One of the main goals of Horizon 2020 is the introduction of information technologies in science and education, the expansion of network capabilities. The close involvement of the Eastern Partnership countries (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia) is considered with the expansion of network infrastructures in Europe.

Aliguliyev said the participation of Eastern Partnership countries in the EU program will be discussed in detail in Kishinev on December11-12, where as expected, the formation of electronic infrastructure in these countries, its current status, problems and prospects will be discussed.