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Research and innovation

Policy background

Serbia participated already in the EU Research and Innovation programmes in 2007. Since then Serbia has made a lot of progress with regard to national research and innovation policies and in its participation to the relevant EU programmes. 

Since 2014 Serbia’s performance has quadrupled making it the most successful country from the Western Balkans in the EU’s Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation. Areas of particular success include ICT and Agricultural research as well as scientific cooperation in the area of Energy.

Serbia became fully associated member to Horizon Europe in January 2021.

Horizon 2020 key figures


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 Serbia.

EU funded projects

Project success stories

Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects involving Serbia.

Examples of international cooperation projects

  • ANTARES (2017-2024) aims to evolve the BioSense Centre at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, into a European Centre of Excellence (CoE) for advanced technologies in sustainable agriculture and food security. The project is developing smart sensors and big data technologies that could help farmers produces more food in a way that is sustainable for society, farm incomes and the environment. The massive amount of data are interpreted using artificial intelligence and an app, which is being developed, will help make the findings accessible to farmers.



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)



2. FEBRUÁRA 2022
Research and innovation cooperation with Serbia
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21. DECEMBRA 2021
Agreement associating Serbia to Horizon Europe
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Photo from the event
  • News article

First EU – Serbia Horizon Europe Joint Committee Meeting

The EC co-chair welcomed the EU and Serbian representatives, highlighted the great results of Serbia so far in Horizon Europe and welcomed Serbia’s ongoing national efforts in research and innovation and commitment to support the performance of its entities and researchers in the new programme