Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation

Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (PACE-Net Plus) is an ACU-led project and is the second project funded by the European Commission to further bi-regional science, technology and innovation (STI) cooperation between the South Pacific island nations and the European Union.

The research and innovation landscape of the Pacific is extremely diverse, ranging from Pacific island countries and territories with little or no STI capacity, Overseas Countries Territories (OCTs) with strong capacities, to New Zealand and Australia which have numerous networks of research and innovation institutions.

The EU, which maintains a long standing relationship with the Pacific, aims for enhancing its profile and reinforcing cooperation in STI with the region, in the perspective of the forthcoming Horizon 2020 Programme, and promote the development of mutually beneficial partnerships.

Considering the results of past and ongoing initiatives supporting the EU-Pacific STI cooperation, PACE-Net Plus will:

  • Support the EU-Pacific policy dialogue in STI, including dialogue on innovation issues.
  • Reinforce the EU-Pacific STI cooperation, focusing on 3 major societal challenges: health, demographic change and wellbeing; food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy; and climate action, resource use and efficiency, and raw materials.
  • Encourage the coordination between the EU and Member States STI programmes and policies targeting the Pacific by promoting the implementation of joint actions.
  • Enhance the cooperation on innovation issues, by helping in bridging the gap between public and private sectors. The project will promote the idea of innovation as an essential mean for tackling global challenges and will respond to the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and its Innovation Union Flagship Initiative. 
  • Strengthen the Pacific-EU research cooperation partnerships, through the promotion of European Commission and MS&AC programmes, especially Horizon 2020, among Pacific research community, as well as the Pacific opportunities for European researchers.

Project partners: Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France; The Australian National University, Australia; National Centre for Technological Research, New Caledonia; Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Netherlands; Institut Louis Malardé, Tahiti; Landcare Research, New Zealand; Montroix Pty Ltd, Australia; National University of Samoa; Secretariat of the Pacific Community, New Caledonia; Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovacao – Consultadoria Empresariale Fometo da Inovaca, Portugal; United National Industrial Development Organisation; University of Papua New Guinea; University of the South Pacific; Vanuatu National Cultural Council; Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie, Germany

Funder: European Union's Seventh Framework Programme