ACP RESEARCH FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, AFRICA (€14.7M): LAUNCHING FIRST ROUND OF CALL FOR PROPOSALS (21/03/2011)

On the 16th December 2010 the first Call for Research Projects and Proposals" (€7M) with deadline for submissions on 31st April 2011, was officially launched.

The programme is one of the flagship deliverables in the Partnership on Science, Information Society and Space of the EU-Africa Joint Strategy. It is financed through the 10th EDF. The AU Commission through its Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology is the Delegated Regional Authority for the African Component of the programme.

The overall objective of the research programme is to ensure progress towards MDGs and strengthen international economic competitiveness of ACP countries through research. More specifically, it deals with providing support to research activities that contribute to: (i) the sustainable development of ACP countries and the fight against poverty; and (ii) the ability of RECs to design, implement and monitor R&D programmes.

The implementation strategy for the grants focus on the creation of partnerships - research networks- on regional and sub-regional African level. A consortium of scientists with participation of organisations/institutions from at least two different African countries will be set up.

This First Call for Proposals is limited to strategic priority actions:  (a) Post-harvest and Agriculture, (b) Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and (c) Water and Sanitation.

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