TUNIS, TUNISIA, 18th SEPTEMBER 2013 – Today the FETRIC project kick-off meeting concluded, shifting the three year cooperation project from the conceptual towards the actual implementation by deciding the next steps to be undertaken.
The FETRIC project aims at a progressive strengthening of bilateral cooperation in research and innovation, particularly within the context of Horizon2020, supporting amongst other things, a policy dialogue between the EU and Tunisia. The project will give special focus to the innovation processes in order to cope with the main Tunisian societal challenges - such as Scarcity of resources, Energy (specifically renewable energy and energy saving) and High quality affordable food.
FETRIC will take a bottom-up approach by accumulating project feedback, which will be used in preparing a roadmap for future STI (Science, Technology & Innovation) cooperation.
FETRIC is a great opportunity for strengthening European - Tunisian Cooperation. In fact, FETRIC will continue on the path of the previous ETC project. FETRIC will contribute to pave the ground for fruitful cooperation activities in the research & Innovation field, leading to solutions able to overcome societal challenges, not just in Tunisia, but in the whole of the EU and North African regions.
FETRIC will target the EU and Tunisian research and innovation chain by:
- analysing the whole Tunisian STI system through the setting up of a link among actors belonging to the scientific, technological and the innovation communities;
- improve the quality and number of partnerships involving both researchers and entrepreneurs;
- create a research and innovation network in the North African region;
- boost the participation of the Tunisian research centres and enterprises in the forthcoming program Horizon 2020.
FETRIC is a project funded by the 7FP - INCO 2013 - BILAT
Moez Jebara, Project Coordinator
Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research – Tunisia
Innova BIC s.r.l.