Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.
COST is an EU-funded programme that enables researchers to set up their interdisciplinary research networks in Europe and beyond. It provide funds for organising conferences, meetings, training schools, short scientific exchanges or other networking activities in a wide range of scientific topics.
Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.
Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development- performing small- and medium-sized enterprises (R&D-performing SMEs). With its bottom-up approach, Eurostars supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world. Eurostars has been carefully developed to meet the specific needs of SMEs. It is an ideal first step in international cooperation, enabling small businesses to combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national borders.
The Framework Programmes avail several instruments to support South Africa – European Union S&T cooperation. These for example include the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Mobility Instruments. There are also non-Framework Programme instruments available to support cooperation.
The ESASTAP 2020 project is mainly funded by the European Commission with contribution of the Department of Science and Technology of South Africa under Horizon 2020; Grant Agreement nº 692514 (H2020-INT-INCO-2015).