ACCESSRU is one of 11 recently launched projects supporting the access of EU researchers to third country S&T programmes. Scientific ties between Europe and Russia has always been very tight: Russia has 16 ongoing bilateral S&T cooperation agreements with the Member States and Associated Countries.
A cooperation agreement with the European Commission aims to create a common space in which their respective research communities could work together in key strategic areas. However, preliminary investigations done by the ACCESSRU partners, demonstrated three main obstacles:
Consequently, the ACCESSRU support action is inspired by the need to improve the S&T cooperation instruments between the EU and its strategic partner - Russia, namely by facilitating the access to knowledge and resources and by developing reciprocity aspects of the S&T agreements.
ACCESSRU has the following objectives:
More information about ACCESSRU is available on the project's website.