MICITT Costa Rica conducted awareness-raising activities to promote STI cooperation with the European Union.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (MICITT), through the International Cooperation Unit (UCI) have been promoting info days about research and innovation cooperation options, capacity building, matchmaking and join activities with partners from the EU-LAC region.
These info days bought together private enterprises; universities and the public sector interested in formulate projects on the EU priority areas (Biodiversity and Climate Change, Energy, Bioeconomy and Health). In that sense, they were trained on cooperation opportunities such as ALCUE NET, Horizon 2020 and ERANET LAC, also they were informed about the Policy Dialogue processes on STI to consolidate the EU-LAC cooperation and the implementation of the JIRI in the Senior Official Meeting.
"These programs are great opportunities for national scientists. Are very competitive and excellent science programs that allow researchers to bring national best practices and build networks with international partners "said Eliana Ulate, UCI MICITT´s Coordinator.
These info days are conducted by MICITT as a national coordinator of the National Contact Points for the Horizon 2020 Programme. Back in January were trained officials from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) and in February the members of the National Commission on Biomass. The interest is to continue disseminating this information to all interested groups in (R + D + i).