The Science Fund participated in the Horizon Europe EU Framework Programme as the initiative’s National Coordinator in Kazakhstan, enabling domestic scientists, universities, and research centers the opportunity to attract international funding and co-develop advanced technologies with foreign partners, QazMonitor reports citing the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Horizon Europe conducted several information sessions in Kazakhstan for the country's scientific and business organizations. Specifically, a workshop was organized with leading experts from the UK and the Netherlands to propose solutions for critical minerals development.
During these sessions, the Science Fund established a partnership with the NCP4Industry network, the primary structure providing guidance, practical information, and assistance on all aspects of participation in the Horizon Europe program's "Cluster 4 – Industry" category. The Science Fund plans to finalize similar agreements with other clusters within Horizon Europe in 2024.
Horizon Europe is the European Union's flagship program for research and innovation. Covering the period from 2021 to 2027, the program boasts a total budget of €95 billion ($103.91 billion as of January 8, 2024). Designed to bolster scientific research across various fields of knowledge, Horizon Europe aims to stimulate innovation in industry, foster the development of advanced technologies, and support start-ups and SMEs to drive economic growth and job creation in Europe and across the world.