EUINEC aims to improve S&T cooperation between India and the EU by increasing awareness among Indian and European stakeholders concerning respective regional research priorities and cooperation opportunities.
The S&T agreement between India and the EU from 2001 was renewed in 2007 and new joint cooperation initiatives are currently being launched. Indian organizations participated in approximately 80 projects under FP6; this number is expected to increase in FP7 given all the new funding opportunities that will become available.
In order to realize increased cooperation, universities, industry, government and civil society must all be empowered with relevant knowledge and provided with the appropriate cooperation facilities in order to enable increased participation in FP7 and contribute to enhanced cooperation between India and the EU in research.
EUINEC will provide opportunities for stakeholders in both the EU and India to learn what FP7 is about, how they can take part in FP7 as well as how they can meet and build stronger relations with their counterparts in both regions. EUINEC will also form the EUINEC Co-op, a place where researchers can come together to discuss ideas and collaborate in a more efficient manner.