Science and innovation is important to the economies of both Cyprus and the UK. Collaboration is key to producing excellent science and encouraging joint working between the UK and Cyprus is mutually beneficial.

Based on 2018 data, UK and Cyprus are collaborating in Horizon 2020 projects worth over €251 million.

For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in Cyprus, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot.

To promote international collaboration in science and innovation, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), over 100 officers in over 40 countries and territories.

Cyprus has been effective in raising its profile in Research, Science and Innovation rapidly since Cyprus’ entry in the European Union. The island aspires to become a regional hub for scientific and innovative activities. Cyprus is the 4th highest Member State in EU Horizon 2020 fund absorption. The UK is the 5th most popular partner in Horizon projects in terms of collaboration, but the 2nd largest partner in terms of funding after Germany: UK institutions have collaborated with Cyprus on Horizon 2020 projects of €251.1 million.

The work in Cyprus aims to build and develop strategic bilateral relationships between local and UK Ministries, academic institutions and organisations with an interest in science and innovation, which lead to mutual benefits for the UK and Cyprus. The effort also links with broader activity to increase the UK alumni network links of Cyprus in the fields of science and innovation.

A strong base for collaboration already exists, as the Cyprus Research and Innovation ecosystem is closely intertwined with the UK. Most Cypriot researchers have been educated in the UK and maintain their strong collaboration with UK research institutions. Three Cypriot centres of excellence (KIOS, RISE, CMMI/Maritec-X) have UK research institutions as strategic partners.

We work in close cooperation with the British Council in Cyprus, the Department of International Trade and other teams at the British High Commission in Nicosia to promote Science and Innovation links between the UK and Cyprus.

SIN Cyprus focuses on the following strategic areas, which fit SIN priority sectors:

  • Climate Change adaptation
  • Fintech
  • Cyber and Information Communications Technology (ICT)
  • future cities and zero emissions
  • health and life sciences
  • space

More information for the local Science and Innovation landscape and science collaboration between the UK and Cyprus can be found in the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot.

We do not have regular calls for project proposals; we aim to proactively seek out UK-Cypriot collaborations in our strategic areas of interest, and to assess any potential projects that are suggested to us. We have good contacts with high-level stakeholders in Cyprus and the UK and can assist in building strategic relationships also in other strategic areas of mutual interest.

SIN Cyprus

Dr Alexander Apostolides

Tel: +357 22861382

Mob: +357 99424914

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Nicosia 1587

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