The EU-funded Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway project (MED-SPRING) is offering young researchers and/or entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean a chance to present their idea to potential investors at the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on research and innovation that it is organising on 12-13 February 2014 in Cairo, Egypt.
MedSpring is seeking novel ideas which could have a strategic and meaningful impact in the Mediterranean region. They should be realistic and ambitious at the same time, enough to sustain the active engagement of potential investors.
Applicants are invited to fill in the Expression of Interest form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and upload a 5 minute video-spot illustrating the idea for the attention of the civil society and interested investors on http://agora.medspring.eu/.
The deadline for submission of applications is 30 November 2013.
The 1st Euro-Mediterranean Brokerage Event on research and innovation is organised by the Ministry of Scientific Research (Egypt), in collaboration with the Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAMB, Italy) and the Malta Council for Science and Technology in the framework of the Mediterranean Science, Policy, Research & Innovation Gateway (MedSpring) project.
The event is open to young entrepreneurs/researchers from Europe and Mediterranean countries; MedSpring partners, particularly researcher institutions and research policy makers; Tech-driven enterprises, SMEs and other relevant private/public potential investors/networks; as well as research/networks organisations, etc.
It will offer participants the opportunity to express their interests and offers for cooperation and meet other Euro-Mediterranean innovation stakeholders, to get the latest information on H2020 funding opportunities, and to present their innovative ideas to potential investors from Europe and the Mediterranean countries.
To participate in the event, register on the Euromed Matchmaking Platform
MedSpring is a project funded under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) with the aim of encouraging and strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation on Research and Innovation.
The EU promotes science and technology through its €40 billion Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). FP7 is the main instrument for funding research in EU countries, with participation on collaborative projects encouraged from any organisation or individual from non-EU countries.
FP7 launched its last round of calls in 2012, and now the EU is preparing for the launch of its successor, H2020, the largest collaborative transnational research programme in the world with an expected overall budget of €80 billion. The programme will remain open to non-EU countries, offering Southern Mediterranean researchers opportunities for cooperation with researchers from other parts of the world.
International cooperation, especially with its neighbouring countries and the Mediterranean region, is a key priority of EU research and innovation funding.