Research and innovation cooperation is governed by the EU-Egypt Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, signed in 2005, as well as the European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan. Areas with the highest potential for EU-Egypt cooperation are

  • climate action (particularly water management)
  • food and agriculture
  • energy (particularly renewable energy and energy-water nexus)
  • health

Egypt has bilateral science and technology agreements with several EU countries covering collaborative research, joint funding, mobility schemes and networking. European and Egyptian scientists have increasingly worked together on bilateral projects or multilateral research programmes in recent years.

Egypt’s overall performance in all structured MSCA schemes under H2020 has been rather weak. Strategic priorities for EU-Egypt cooperation are linked to the two policy dialogue platforms PRIMA and BLUEMED, including energy, water, agriculture and health. To some extent, this is in line with the fact that natural sciences, engineering and technology are the scientific fields reported for MSCA projects. Within the scope of H2020, there were significantly more Egyptian nationals coming into the EU and associated countries than there were foreign researchers incoming into Egypt.

For more detailed information on the Egyptian R&I landscape and MSCA participation, check out the documents below.


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Egypt factsheet Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Egypt R&I cooperation status: Key facts and figures

MSCA promotion landscape: Key promotion players and potential: Egypt, plan 1

MSCA promotion landscape: Key promotion players and potential: Egypt, plan 2