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Research and innovation

Policy background

The cooperation between the EU and Tunisia has developed under an Association Agreement, signed in 1995, and was further strengthened with a Privileged Partnership in 2012.

Research and Innovation (R&I) is a key building block of the relationship: In June 2003, Tunisia was the first country in the southern Mediterranean to sign a Scientific and Technological agreement with the EU. It entered into force in April 2004.

Since 1 January 2016, it has been the only African and the only Arab country associated to Horizon 2020. Tunisia benefited from the Policy Support Facility (PSF) Specific Support under Horizon 2020, which recommendations were compiled in a final report presented in September 2019 to the respective stakeholders in Tunisia during the TESI conference, Journées “Tuniso-Européenne Science et Innovation”.

Tunisia also plays an active role in the two Euro-Mediterranean initiatives: PRIMA and BLUEMED.

On 9 June 2022, the Agreement associating Tunisia to Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027), entered into force following its ratification by Tunisia. The Tunisian research and innovation actors can now fully participate in the programme on equal terms with entities from the EU Members States. The Agreement applies with a retroactive effect from 1 January 2021.

The association of Tunisia to Horizon Europe marks a very positive continuation of the strong relations between the European Union and Tunisia in the field of research and innovation and confirms the position of Tunisia as a valuable EU partner in the Southern Mediterranean region.

Horizon 2020 key figures for Tunisia.

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 (CORDIS)

The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects. Here you can find International cooperation projects related to Tunisia.

EU funded projects

Project success stories

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

Examples of international cooperation projects

  • InSPIRES (2017-2021) brings together practitioners, civil society and other stakeholders to co-design, pilot, implement and roll out innovative models for Science Shops (SS), which are intermediation structures to connect civil society organizations and research institutions. The main goal is to build effective cooperation between science and society by supporting the growth of SS.
  • ODYSSEA (2017-2021) will develop, operate and demonstrate a platform that fully integrates networks of observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin, addressing both the open sea and the coastal zone. It aims to boost accessibility to existing data while increasing the “temporal and geographic coverage of observational data”.
  • CLAIM (2017-2021) focuses on the development of innovative cleaning technologies and approaches to reduce the amount and impact of plastic pollution in the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea. The proposed cleaning technologies and approaches prevent litter from entering the sea at two main source points: wastewater treatment plants and river mouths.


National Contact Points

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

Silvia Bojinova

Policy Officer
DG Research and Innovation
Unit 05 - Horizon Europe Association

Telephone: +32 229 85891 | email:


28 NOVEMBER 2022
Agreement associating Tunisia to Horizon Europe
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10 FEBRUARY 2004
Agreement on scientific and technical cooperation between the EC and Tunisia
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