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Eastern Partnership

Policy background, funding opportunities, agreements and arrangements, projects and results and contact

Policy background

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) has 6 partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The EaP follows two parallel tracks: bilateral and multilateral. The bilateral dimension supports closer bilateral relations between EU and each Eastern partner country. The multilateral dimension provides a forum for dialogue and exchange. This is done via thematic platforms and flagship initiatives and strengthens activities in support of the EU bilateral relationship with each individual partner. Partnership with civil society and other stakeholders is also a key priority of the EaP.

Cooperation on research and innovation is addressed in a dedicated panel within the regional level multilateral policy platform 'contacts between people'. This platform also covers education, youth, culture and ICT.

Among the six EaP countries, Ukraine is the only country with a bilateral science and technology agreement with the EU.

Priorities for future cooperation

  • health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • climate action and environment
  • secure, clean and efficient energy
  • cross-cutting issues to improve cooperation framework conditions: sharing best practices, technical assistance and training, researcher mobility and common use of research infrastructures, and linking state-of-the-art EU initiatives with similar structures in EaP countries

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

Projects and results

Research project database

EU-funded research projects involving the Eastern Partnership

For previous framework programmes, please contact the Research enquiry service.

Example of research cooperation project

  • Black Sea Horizon (2015-2018) sustainably enhanced bi-regional cooperation between the EU and the Black Sea region. It improved the knowledge base about EU’s external environment and of the current framework for cooperation as well as to further intensify cooperation based on a jointly developed EU-Black Sea STI Cooperation Programme.


National Contact Points

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

European Commission

Silvia Bojinova
European Neighbourhood Policy Team leader
DG Research and Innovation, Unit 04 Horizon Europe Association

Telephone: +32 229 85891 | email:


20 NOVEMBER 2018
Roadmap for EU-Eastern Partnership science and technology cooperation
(730.56 KB - PDF)

Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020: Reinforcing Resilience -an Eastern Partnership that delivers for all (JOINT (2020)

JOINT STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT “Recovery, resilience and reform: post 2020 Eastern Partnership priorities”, SWD (2021) 186 final, 2 July 2021

2021 Eastern Partnership summit – joint declaration

Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers meeting, 12 December 2022