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Research and innovation

Policy background

Albania participates in the EU Research and Innovation programmes since 2008. Albania's annual activities in Horizon 2020 have been growing rapidly since 2014. Albania has been particularly successful in the area of Health research. Albania is actively engaged in setting up an R&I governance system to bring it in line with the ERA priorities. The sharply increased participation in COST actions is already a tangible outcome of these efforts. The ongoing development a Smart Specialisation Strategy will further strengthen Albania’s national research and innovation eco-system.

The Association Agreement with Albania ensuring its participation in Horizon Europe entered into force on 30 May 2022. The agreement applies with a retroactive effect from 1 January 2021.

Albania’s association to Horizon Europe completes the association of Western Balkans economies to the programme. It is also one of the key deliverables of the Western Balkans Agenda on Research, Innovation, Education, Culture, Youth and Sports.

It underlines the importance that cooperation in the field of research and innovation will play in the future and the transformative power of R&I policies in accelerating the pursuit of the twin green and digital transitions.

Horizon 2020 key figures

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion available over 7 years (2021 to 2027).

Horizon Europe website

Information flyers on Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe : apply for your funding now!

Horizon Europe - Horizon Europe calling SMEs!

Horizon Europe - Western Balkans and horizon in Europe

Horizon Europe - Are you a Horizon Europe applicant who needs some guidance? : Horizon Europe's national contact points can help you

Projects and results

Research project database (CORDIS)

The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects. Here you can find International cooperation projects related to Albania.

EU funded projects

Examples of international cooperation projects

  • EUSCREEN compares vision and hearing screening programmes for children by using a cost-optimisation model. Model-developed screening programmes are tested in three counties in Albania for hearing screening.


National Contact Points

The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon Europe.

European Commission

Senior Expert
DG Research and Innovation, Unit 04 Horizon Europe Association

Telephone: +32 229 69615 | email:

Nikelina NASKA
Policy officer
DG Research and Innovation, Unit 04 Horizon Europe Association

Telephone: +32 229 83809 | email:


23 MARCH 2022
Agreement associating Albania to Horizon Europe
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Research and innovation cooperation with Albania
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