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Research and innovation

Policy background

Kosovo* participates in the EU Research and Innovation programmes since 2007. Kosovo entities participated 21 times to 19 signed grants of Horizon 2020, receiving 2.6 million euros of direct EU contribution.
Kosovo became fully associated member to Horizon Europe in January 2021. This marks a very positive development that will allow increased cooperation with EU Member States and beyond.

According to the European Commission Kosovo* 2020 Report[1], Kosovo’s research and innovation policy remains underdeveloped. To this end, the Government of Kosovo has made research a priority area, envisaging the establishment of a Research Fund dedicated to researchers, lecturers, professors and medical specialists, where this research will be used as evidence for policymaking.

Kosovo’s structural reform priorities encourage the competitive generation and distribution of knowledge through investing in research and development. Kosovo’s main priority areas in Horizon Europe are in the fields of Energy and Environment, Agriculture Production and Food Safety, Digital Transformation and Medical Research and Public Health.  

Horizon 2020 key figures

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.


Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

International cooperation opportunities in research and innovation can be found under Horizon Europe, the EU's key research and innovation funding programme until 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 Kosovo.

EU funded projects

Examples of international cooperation projects

GOLDENEYE aims at:

  1. Developing new sensing technologies and data integration exploiting Earth observation and Earth GNSS data for mine safety and environmental protection.
  2. Providing new data of the mine sites allowing for satellites, drones and in-situ sensors to collect high resolution data.
  3. Providing an analysis platform to add the new and existing data of the mine sites which can be processed and converted into actionable intelligence for safety, environmental monitoring and overall productivity, allowing more efficient exploration, extraction and closure.
  4. Provides a cloud solution for the mining customers and authorities to extract information of the mining sites creating a compelling value proposition for implementation across the mining industry value chain.



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: Bernhard [dot] Fabianekatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Bernhard[dot]Fabianek[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

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

Telephone: +32 229 83809 | email: Nikelina [dot] NASKAatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Nikelina[dot]NASKA[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)


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