EULAC-Focus (Giving focus to the Cultural, Scientific and Social Dimension of EU – CELAC Relations)

European Union
Research Executive Agency (implementation of the project)
DG RTD (Creation of the Work Program
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
EULAC Focus is a collaborative research project involving partners in EU Member States and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). It delivers a significant contribution to the improvement of EU–CELAC relations through a better understanding of the three dimensions selected by the call: cultural, scientific and social. The main objective is that of “giving focus” to these three dimensions of EU–CELAC relations, with a view to determining synergies and cross-fertilization, as well as identifying asymmetries in bi-lateral and bi-regional relations. Research is focused on areas crucial to explain the current state of relations between the EU and LAC (Latin America and Caribbean), and will be pursued at two levels: a) research activities; b) strategic set of recommendations. In order to guarantee high impact, the research is pursued in six interdisciplinary WPs, organized “matricially”. Three are “horizontal ”: Cross-cutting pathways, Towards a common vision for EU–CELAC and Dissemination and outreach. The other three are “thematic/vertical”: cultural, scientific and social Dimension, and not only intersect the horizontal WPs but also interact between them. To achieve the objectives, the project is organized by the multidisciplinary and well balanced consortium of19 members from 15 counties. The consortium represents a unique group of highly competent and experienced institutions, composed specifically for the purpose of this project, comprising, in both regions, government research agencies, research institutes, universities, university association, and two international european – LA organizations active in analytical and policy oriented research and dissemination. EULAC Focus builds upon the outcomes of prior mapping conducted at the bi-regional level and will facilitate access to end-users, as well as feeding into the work of the EU-LAC Foundation and informing bi-regional networking activities of the JIRI and T-AP’s work. The number of partners has been carefully defined to ensure project goals and proper diversity, while allowing for efficient project management. The project partners are: -UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA Spain -SAMUI FRANCE SARL France -DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV Germany -ZENTRUM FUR SOZIALE INNOVATION GMBH Austria -METCENAS OPS Czechia -STIFTUNG PREUSSISCHER KULTURBESITZ Germany -NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK Netherlands -FUNDACAO DE APOIO A UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO Brazil -UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO Mexico -THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES U WI* Jamaica -UNIVERSIDAD DE INVESTIGACION DE TECNOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL YACHAY Ecuador -UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES Argentina -UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE Chile -PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DEL PERU Peru -Consejo Superior Universitario Centroamericano Guatemala -Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva Argentina -SECRETARIA NACIONAL DE CIENCIA Y TECNOLOGIA Ecuador -ORGANIZACION DE ESTADOS IBEROAMERICANOS PARA LA EDUCACION LA CIENCIA Y LA CULTURA Spain -INSTITUTO ITALO-LATINO AMERICANO Italy -MINISTERIO DE CIENCIA, TECNOLOGIA E INNOVACION Argentina
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Documents, reports (22) Open Research Data Pilot (2) Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. (2) Publications Peer reviewed articles (3) Book chapters (3) Conference proceedings (2) Monographic books (3) Non-peer reviewed articles (2)
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
$ 3 054 730
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
20 research, government and cultural institutions in 17 countries (listed above)
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
The project has achieved most of its objectives and milestones for the period with relatively minor deviations. Contribution to the state of the art was achieved on EU-LAC cooperation research, delivering valuable studies and reports that include policy recommendations about the future of the bi-regional cooperation. The outputs reached are valuable towards reshaping EU-CELAC relations, especially in the three dimensions covered by the project action (social, cultural and scientific). The report on the cultural dimension includes direct references to the 2005 UNESCO convention.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)