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Central Asia

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

Policy background

The EU and Central Asian countries share the common goal of achieving stability and prosperity by means of peaceful interaction, political cooperation and economic development.

The EU is strongly committed to strengthening its relations in all areas of cooperation with Central Asian countries. This effort is implemented through the EU-Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership.

Increased cooperation in science and research is of mutual interest for the EU and Central Asian countries because the two regions share numerous scientific challenges. Investments and cooperation focuses on innovation and especially on innovative agriculture and sustainable energy.

Main areas of cooperation

  • human rights
  • education
  • rule of law
  • energy and transport
  • environment and water
  • common threats
  • trade and economic relations

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 an Central Asian partner

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


National Contact Points

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

European Commission

RTD-H2-ASSISTatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (DG Research and Innovation unit H.2: International cooperation)