Establishment of the National Contact Point System for EU Framework Programme (Phase III)
This project will help integrating Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) Research, Technology and Development sector (RTD) into European Research Area (ERA). This will allow BiH for making better use of existing EU funding in the field of RTD, benefit from programmes and participate in existing European networks for a stronger involvement in international scientific cooperation and better know-how transfer. These activities will increase BiH's research and development activities which in turn positively influences economic development in the country. The Memorandum of Accession to 7th Framework Programme which BiH signed in November 2008 constitutes the legal basis for participating in the ERA.
An operational structure facilitating, supporting and developing activities related to the participation in all EU RTD Programmes and in the field of international scientific cooperation is a requirement for every country to join the ERA. Thus BiH has established the National Contact Point (NCP) System back in 2007.
The aim of the project (the 3rd phase) is to further development the NCP system, which has been set up in two previous phases over a period of 5 years. In its final set-up Bosnia and Herzegovina's NCP system will consist of 8 focal points and 5 NCP's. The following results are envisaged: 1. Strengthening of NCP capacities and improving institutional support, 2. Support to public dialog about RTD, 3. Increased participation of BiH researchers in EU funded programmes and level of RTD cooperation and 4. Development of project management capacities.
The MoCA, in particular the Sector for Science and Culture and within it the Department for Science, functions both as the beneficiary and the implementor of the project. An Advisory Board will support implementation and monitoring of the project.