Issue 261

logo-downloadApply now: Erasmus + call for proposals now open

19-01-2017

istock-com_rawpixelThe call for proposals for the Eastern Partnership Youth Window 2017-2018 is now open until 8 March. The call provides funding opportunities under the Erasmus+ programme for projects submitted by organisations and individual participants from Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Applications must be submitted to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) for a start between 1 July and 31 December 31, 2017.

Other opportunities also exist under Erasmus+ for participation in various projects offered to the youth and representatives of youth organisations under “Erasmus + Programme Opportunities in the field of youth for the Eastern Partnership countries”.

Around 37,000 young people and young professionals have already participated in the Eastern Partnership Youth Window programme, with a total budget of EUR 31.5 million.

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020. It succeeds Tempus, Erasmus Mundus and many other EU education and youth programmes, and supports public and private organisations in their efforts to modernise their systems and curricula through transnational partnerships.

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Call for Proposals: Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) – Business Development Support for innovative technology oriented Start-ups

20.01.2017

The “Support to SME Development in Armenia” (SMEDA) project, which is co-funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ PSD SC Regional Programme, in cooperation with Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF), announces the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship (STEP) programme within Diversified Access to Finance component of the SMEDA project. SMEDA is part of the EU4Business and EU4Innovation Initiatives.

The programme is aiming at igniting the spark of entrepreneurship and advancing innovative technology-based ideas to the market. The overall objective of the programme is to help start-up teams, innovators, scientists, engineers, researchers, and entrepreneurs to move their products to the market, create new ventures, and promote innovation and entrepreneurship.

Competition is open to start-up teams, consisting of two or more participants who are willing to develop an idea with high technology based in the field of Engineering, CleanTech, Biotech, etc., in Armenia. All applicants, including all members of the applying team must be citizens or permanent residents of Armenia and residing in Armenia at the time of submission of application.

The competition will also support grantees with the following activities:

  • Access to seed funding through STEP  for the winner start-up companies
  • Mentorship, networking opportunities, and expertise in user
  • centered innovation commercialization strategies and business development
  • Linkages with potential investors

There will be up to 10 grants provided in 2016- 2018 amounting to 15.000 Euro each, with maximum 12-month project duration. In total, there will be 2 grant cycles announced. Each project will be required to have a 5% co-financing of the grant amount.

The competition aims at supporting high-technology driven projects. Therefore, the proposals should not focus on the development of web applications and platforms, such as e-commerce, and other e-service platforms, solutions for business process automation, mobile applications and services.

Application deadline is February 17, 2017.

In case of questions, please feel free to contact EIF team by sending an e-mail to info@eif.am  or calling at+37410 219797.

For media inquiries, please contact Nune Kochinyan, SMEDA’s communication officer, email: nune.kochinyan@giz.de, calling at +37410 26 99 86 and Ruzan Apresyan, EIF’s communication officer, email: ruzan.apresyan@eif.am, calling at+37410 219797.

Call for Proposals Application form STEP grant

Call for Proposales Announcement STEP grant

 

armenia EU 111The eighth round of Armenia-EU negotiations was held in Yerevan

18.01.2017

7315_hqOn January 18, the eighth round of negotiations over a new framework agreement between Armenia and the European Union was held in Yerevan. On the Armenian side the negotiation team was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Garen Nazarian, and on the European side by Luc Devigne, Director of Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and the OSCE of the European External Action Service.

The provisions of chapters on political issues, as well as the general, Institutional and Final chapters of the draft agreement were discussed. The sides have reached a mutual understanding on a number of issues.

Summarizing the negotiations the sides also exchanged information on the results of ongoing discussions over chapters on sectoral and trade issues and settled the dates of the next round of negotiations to be held in Brussels.

Source: http://www.mfa.am

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