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29 Apr 2019

Belarus gets €6.4m under EU Horizon 2020 program

Belarus gets €6.4m under EU Horizon 2020 program

MINSK, 29 April (BelTA) – Belarusian scientists have become partners in 41 projects and received €6.4 million over the period of the implementation of the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, Chairman of the Belarus’ State Science and Technology Committee Aleksandr Shumilin told the media on 29 April, BelTA has learned.

Belarusian scientists and researchers take an active part in the European programs Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, COST. The State Science and Technology Committee coordinates Belarus’ participation in the EU Horizon 2020 program. “In 2018, seven new projects with the participation of Belarusian organizations with the total amount of investment of almost €1 million were approved for financing. Thus, the total sum of attracted resources for Belarus has made up €6.4 million under 41 projects since the EU program was launched,” said Aleksandr Shumilin.

For instance, Research Institute for Physical Chemical Problems of the Belarusian State University is implementing the four-year project “New nonorganic electrode materials for energy storing and conversion” with the gross financing of €108,000.

The center of quantum optics and quantum information at the Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus is taking part in the Horizon 2020 project SUPERTWIN, which also united Switzerland, Italy, France and the Netherlands. The project aims at developing the new generation of optical microscope systems, exploiting the properties of entangled photons to acquire images at a resolution beyond the classical Rayleigh limit of about half the photon wavelength, demonstrating a radically new line of technology for super-resolution imaging devices utilizing the principles of quantum optics.

The Belarusian company Adani is taking part in the European project MESMERISE to develop and test a High-resolution non-intrusive scanner up to TRL 5 able to automatically detect and identify both internal and external concealed commodities being entirely independent of human operator interpretation and training and based on two complementary technologies. Apart from Belarus, taking part in the project are also Spain, France, the UK, Romania, Germany and Norway.

In 2018, Belarusian universities exported science and technology goods and services to European countries (the UK, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Switzerland) to the total tune of more than $500,000.

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