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Research and innovation

Gulf countries

Policy background, funding, agreements, projects and results, and documents 

Policy background

The EU-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Cooperation Agreement established in 1988 recognised science and technology as a priority sector for cooperation. This was re-affirmed during the 2008 EU-GCC Ministerial meeting.

The first INCONET project targeting the region - the GCC-INCO-NET project - began in 2010.

A Joint Action Plan 2010-2013 to boost cooperation covered

  • establishing a bi-regional science technology and innovation policy dialogue
  • transferring EU expertise regarding the funding and management of research programmes
  • providing opportunities for GCC researchers to participate in the EU framework programme

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

Agreements and arrangements

EU-Gulf Cooperation Council cooperation agreement

Projects and results

Research project database (CORDIS)

EU-funded research projects involving the Gulf countries

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

Example of research cooperation project

  • INCONET-GCC (2014-2017) supported the institutional bi-regional policy dialogue in science, technology and innovation, strengthened bi-regional cooperation between research and innovation actors especially in the context of Horizon 2020 by encouraging increased participation and enhancing capacity building in the Gulf region


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)