A new Horizon 2020 Project 'MERID' for CeRISS
A new Horizon 2020 Project on 'Middle East Research Dialogue' with the acronym MERID is now operational for a period of 36 months starting in February 2015. CeRISS is one of the key partners in a consortium of 13 organizations from the EU and the Middle East area implementing the project , which is coordinated by the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI).
The MERID project is an example of science diplomacy in practice. It seeks to boost existing collaboration frameworks between the EU and Middle East countries.
MERID involves diverse partners from the European Union Member States, in addition to Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine as well as Iran and Iraq. Participation of the latter countries is of particular importance as the MERID project will represent the very first attempt to systematise support to the policy dialogue and engagement of research communities of Iran and Iraq in the EU's actions and in particular the EU’s programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020”.
The Kick-off meeting for the project will take place on 13 February 2015 in Portorož, Slovenia.