Research Cooperation


EU GCC Research Cooperation is one of operational Network directions aiming at:

  • Facilitating and promoting joint publications.
  • Promoting and facilitating researchers exchange programmes and laboratory twinning-like initiatives.
  • Promoting and disseminating information on research funding opportunities (H2020 and other research funding frameworks).
  • Assisting in development and submission of joint project proposals.
  • Organising research “match-making” initiatives including information days, workshops, etc.

Since the beginning of Network’s operation several joint activities of important added value have been elaborated and are presented indicatively in this page.

Currently, the Network is consulting with its stakeholders in order to identify key areas, subjects and activities for joint EU-GCC research, and include relevant activities in its workplan for the coming period.


For more information and for facilitation of EU GCC research collaboration you may contact the

Network Research Collaboration Specialist:

Dr Haris Doukas, Assist. Prof. NTUA, 

Email: h_doukas at


Joint Publications

Renewable Energy Readiness Assessment Report for the GCC Countries

The “Renewable Energy Readiness Assessment Report for the GCC Countries”, prepared in partnership with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Consortium on Clean Energy through the European Union (EU) GCC Clean Energy Network. Main scope of the report is to develop and disseminate an assessment framework to evaluate GCC countries’ renewable energy readiness (RE-readiness) for deployment of renewable energy technologies (RETs). The report essentially serves as a “benchmark” to assess each country’s RE readiness, identifying gaps and providing recommendations to overcome the main barriers to integrate renewable energy projects for power generation.


Special issue on “EU - Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) Clean Energy Co-operation”, International Journal of Energy Sector Management

The Network’s efforts to trigger joined EU and GCC publications of articles on clean energy resulted on the special issue “EU - Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) Clean Energy Co-operation” that was published in the International Journal of Energy Sector Management (IJESM) Volume 7 Issues 1 and 2, 2013. Aim of this Special Issue is to provide structured information and comprehensive studies, based on the results obtained from the collaboration of EU and GCC stakeholders, in issues related with energy efficiency and sustainability. In this Special Issue, seven articles were included, presenting the recent developments and current trends on clean energy issues with emphasis on EU-GCC collaboration. Status, prospects and challenges for natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and other clean energy technologies are presented systematically, while issues of energy policy and legislation are also analyzed.


Book of Abstracts - “EU GCC Co-Operation on RES, Energy Efficiency and CCS” Discussion Groups and Seminars

Within the publication efforts of the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network a Book of Abstracts was published in the context of the event “EU GCC Co-Operation on RES, Energy Efficiency and CCS” Discussion Groups and Seminars, organised by the Network and QEERI/QF, in Doha, Qatar, on the 7th – 9th of May 2012.

The aim of this publication is to share and disseminate knowledge on clean energy technology and policy topics. More specifically, this Book of Abstracts includes all abstracts submitted and presented at the 5th Discussion Group Meeting on the topics of Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management and Renewable Energy Sources, as well as the training seminar on Tri-generation & District Cooling and Carbon Capture and Storage.


Chapter in the Book “Sustainable Systems and Energy Management at the Regional Level: Comparative Approaches”

The members of the Network have contributed a full-length Chapter in Sustainable Systems and Energy Management at the Regional Level: Comparative Approaches, edited by Marco Tortora (University of Florence, Italy), of IGI Global, entitled: “EU-GCC Clean Energy Cooperation: From Concepts to Action”. The book was published early in 2012.

Sustainable Systems and Energy Management at the Regional Level: Comparative Approaches provides an interdisciplinary look at the possible relationships, which exist between energy and the environment. Relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings on the impacts of regulation policies, market-facilitation policies, and communication models and policies are reviewed with the aim of improving understanding and strategy.

The authors of the paper are Dr. Haris Doukas, Dr. Ioanna Makarouni, Dr. Charikleia Karakosta, Dr. Vangelis Marinakis and Prof. John Psarras. This Chapter presents a methodological framework for the identification and comparative evaluation of appropriate renewable and energy efficiency solutions towards EU-GCC “clean” energy cooperation. The adopted procedure uses an existing Multi Criteria Decision Making method, giving emphasis on the formulation of a collective interactive process, comprising different rationales for intervention, to elaborate more realistic and transparent outcomes.


Researchers Exchange Programmes

Throughout the entire Network’s duration and through the various dissemination activities, the researchers exchange has been really successful. In particular, Ms. Effie Theodorou, an Electrical and Computer Engineer of NTUA, has joined a Master Degree Program in Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, since September 2011. Moreover, three more Electrical and Computer Engineers of NTUA have joined the Master Program of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, namely Mr. Kagkas Ioannis has joined it since September 2012, as well as Mr. Konstantinou Charalampos and Ms. Nikolopoulou Christina.



In this page you may find information on funding mechanisms/ programmes/ instruments that can be considered by the Network Stakeholders for financing clean energy projects of industrial, policy or research scope.



Horizon 2020 is the new EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a €80 billion budget. H2020 supports SMEs with a new instrument that runs throughout various funded research and innovation fields,enhances EU international research and Third Country participation, attaches high importance to integrate social sciences and humanities encourages to develop a gender dimension in project.

In this respect, Horizon 2020 programme is an opportunity for EU and GCC stakeholders to work together on topics of joint interest, as well as for the GCC stakeholders to be part and engage in the EU research agenda, the practices followed and exchange experiences and know-how.

More information about the HORIZON 2020 program can be found here.

Funding focuses on numerous societal challenges:

  • Health, demographic change and wellbeing;
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy;
  • Secure, clean and efficient energy;
  • Smart, green and integrated transport;
  • Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials;
  • Europe in a changing world - inclusive, innovative and reflective societies;
  • Secure societies - protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

as described in detail here.

The most related challenge with the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network scope and objectives is the challenge on Secure, clean and efficient energy.

The current Workprogramme 2016-2017 for the “Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy” can be found here.

Manuals, detailed information and the calls for proposals are available here.

For the status of the current related callsforthcoming, open as well as closed calls – , please see below: