On June 8, 2016 the first meeting of COORP - Collaborative Offline & Online Research Platform took place in Tirana. The platform brings together 14 Albanian universities, both public and non-public, and addresses issues of Social Science Research (SSR) capacity development and cooperation in accessing funds for scientific research from different funding programs, as well as Horizon2020.
COORP will provide networking possibilities, trainings and information on European funding opportunities to social science researchers from all over Albania. It will create an online information-sharing platform that will meet and match researchers for funding applications and provide access to applications’ procedures and documentation. An important component of COORP will be the continuous communication and inclusion in its activities with Albanian researchers in diaspora.
At the launching event, Mr Fabjan Lashi
, Project Leader from the Canadian Institute of Technology
and Ms Blerjana Bino
, SSR Coordinator from the European University of Tirana
, introduced the participants to a detailed COORP presentation and action plan. The participants had the opportunity to discuss about the current needs and challenges that the social science community is facing in Albania, and how COORP will address these needs.