IncoNet CA/SC (INCO-NET Central Asia/South Caucasus)

IncoNet CA/SC was an extension to the IncoNet EECA which was established in January 2008. It served primarily to strengthen the bi-regional dialogue and the cooperation between countries of the European Research Area (ERA) and the regions of Central Asia/South Caucasus.


IncoNet CA/SC was an extension of the ongoing project IncoNet EECA - S&T International Co-operation Network for Eastern European and Central Asian Countries. Both projects were funded under the 7th European Framework Programme for. There were two major reasons for this extension:

  • The IncoNet EECA is "dominated" by larger countries in the network (e. g. Russia, Ukraine) with a high scientific potential and close bonds with the EU. ;
  • It was hardly possible to find partners from smaller Central Asian countries or from South Causasus when implementing IncoNet EECA.

That is the reason why the 7. European Framework Programme  funded another international cooperation network IncoNet CA/SC. The project lasted for 36 months starting on 1 April 2010.


Primary objective of IncoNet CA/SC was the intensification of cooperation between ERA countries and nations from the CA/SC region. The project seeked to expand and increase interna-tional S&T cooperation activities by boosting awareness and mutual understanding of each other’s respective S&T landscapes. To this end, IncoNet CA/SC focused especially on Turkmenistan (TM), Tajikistan (TJ), Kyrgyzstan (KYR), and Moldova (MO).

The consortium aimed to:

  • Identify the most important research organisations and scientific institutions in Central Asian, the South Caucasus and Moldova as potential partners for cooperation with the European Union;
  • analyse and steer the development of scientific cooperation and the related political dialogue;
  • improve research and development conditions in the participating countries;
  • strengthen the structure and capacities of National Contact Points in the target regions and improve their networking;
  • enhance the potential of innovation policies and support the participation of the private sector in the EU Framework Programme.


The IncoNet CA/SC merges the interests of 28 partners.

  1. International Centre for Black Sea Studies, ICBSS, Greece
  2. International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research-German Aerospace Center, DLR, Germany
  3. Independent Expert Consulting Board to Promote Scientific Research Activity in Kazakhstan, InExCB-KZ, Kaszakhstan
  4. Archimedes Foundation, Archimedes, Estonia
  5. The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, TUBITAK, Turkey
  6. Georgian National Science Foundation, GNSF, Georgia
  7. Committee for Coordination of Science and Technology Development, IUCP-T, Uzbekistan
  8. Centre for Social Innovation, ZSI, Austria
  9. Centre of Ideas and Technologies, CIT, Armenia
  10. Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas-Help Forward Network, H-F, Greece
  11. National Academy of Sciences of Republic of Azerbaijan, ANAS, Azerbajian
  12. Academy of Sciences of Moldova, ASM, Moldova
  13. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS, France
  14. National Center on Complex Processing of Mineral Raw Materials of the Republic of Kazakhstan, CMRP-Kz, Kaszakhstan
  15. Central Scientific Library of the Ministry of Education and Science, CSL-Kz, Kaszakhstan
  16. National Library of Kyrgyzstan, NLKR, Kyrgyzstan
  17. Research Institute of Water and Hydro-energy Problems of the Kyrgyz Republic Academy of Sciences, IWP, Kyrgyzstan
  18. Public Foundation EnConsult, EnConsult, Kyrgyzstan
  19. Society for Development of Scientific Cooperation, SODESCO, Tajikistan
  20. Public Organisation ‘Modern Scientists’,  MS, Tajikistan
  21. Institute of Material Sciences of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, IMS-Zu, Uzbekistan
  22. Scientific Center ‘Ecoservice’, Ecoservice, Uzbekistan
  23. National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, NAS-RA, Armenia
  24. Institute of Geology, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, GIA, Azerbaijan
  25. Scientific-Research Institute for Geotechnological Problems of Oil, Gas and Chemistry of Azerbaijan State Oil Academy, GPOGC, Azerbaijan
  26. Caucasus School of Business, CSB, Georgia
  27. Georgian Research and Development Foundation, GRDF, Georgia
  28. General Secretariat for Research and Technology, GSRT, Greece

Central activities (divided into eight work packages or ‘WP’) of the project comprise: 

  • WP1: Enhancing bi-regional S&T Policy Dialogue
  • WP2: Coordination with other EU
  • WP3: Strengthening the participation of CA/SC&MO in FP7
  • WP4: Supporting the NCPs/NIPs in SC/CA countries
  • WP5: Analyses, Monitoring and Review
  • WP6: Quality and Sustainability
  • WP7: Communication and Dissemination activities
  • WP8: Management

Germany is significantly engaged in IncoNet CA/SC.  The IB ist the largest partner in this consortium and head of  two work packages (WP1, WP7).

Selection of activities 2010/2011

IncoNet CA/SC started with a Kick-off Meeting on 29 and 30 April 2010 in Istanbul. The event was organised in close cooperation with the ongoing IncoNet EECA project, whose Management Board Meeting took place on 30 April after the Kick-off Meeting. More than 40 persons from the consortium, representatives of the European Commission and observers from ICBSS took part in the event.

  • Participation in ESOF 2010, Turin: July 2010
  • InfoDays «Path to Europe: the Seventh Framework Program of the EU on Research and Technological development, FP7» , Tashkent: September 2010
  • InfoDays «Information & Brokerage Event: Environment», Yerevan: September 2010
  • Participation in ICT 2010, Brussels: September 2010
  • Management Board Meeting in Warsaw: November 2010
  • Missions to the Target Regions: February/March 2011
  • Policy Stakeholders' Conference «Evaluation approaches in S&T policy making: sharing good practices», Astana: May  2011
  • NCP Training, Bonn: April 2011
  • Participation in  BIOTECHNICA 2011, Hanover: October 2011

Selection of activities 2012

  • Workshop on innovation & potential CIP in CA/SC and Moldova
  • DCI workshop in Dushanbe
  • ENPI workshop in Tiblisi
  • Management Board Meeting 2012
  • NCP training in Bishkek and Regional Correspondents' Workshop
  • Policy Stakeholders' Conference in Tiblisi