Türkiye participates in in EU research and innovation programmes since 2003. Türkiye has launched already in 2004 the Turkish Research Area (TARAL) – modelled onto the European Research Area (ERA). In this field, Türkiye made good progress notably in the ERA Priorities related to e-infrastructures, open data and gender mainstreaming in research. In 2019, Türkiye launched a series of measures that led to the establishment of an Action Plan to boost the national research and innovation capacity as well as cooperation with and alignment to the European Research Area.
This Action Plan led to a tangible and very positive impact on Türkiye’s participation in Horizon 2020. Türkiye has made steady progress in Horizon 2020 being particularly successful in the European Research Council, in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, and in the area of Energy research.
Türkiye became fully associated member to Horizon Europe in January 2021.