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PRAXI Network

The PRAXI Network is specific unit of FORTH created from a strategic alliance of the Research and the Industrial world in Greece. It was established in 1991 by FORTH, one of the biggest research organizations in Greece, and the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), with the support of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT). PRAXI is one of the main NCP organisations in Greece, is the coordinator of the Greek Enterprise Europe Network consortium, and runs the liaison office for FORTH.

The International Cooperation Unit: Taking advantage of its international activities which were initially focused on Central Asia and on the Caucasus areas, PRAXI Network created a distinct unit in 2007 with the aim to utilize the accumulated experience and further expand its international role. The International Cooperation Unit hosts the Greek International Cooperation National Contact Point (INCO NCP) for the 6th and 7th Framework Programme (FP6, FP7) since 2002.

The International Cooperation Unit has developed strong experience in managing innovation related projects in third countries around the world. Activities and services provided include twinning and staff exchange schemes, as well as personnel training in innovation related topics such as the EU Framework Programs, Technology Transfer and Spin-Off creation.

Contact: Constantine Vaitsas, Coordinator,

Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa

DST is the national government authority responsible for science, technology and innovation policy in South Africa (SA). The DST includes among its key activities the development of strategic partnerships / collaborations with the international science and technology (S&T) community; the internationalising/branding of SA's S&T capabilities, and improving the quality and depth of information to support development and investment decision-making and driving improvements in the quality of S&T activities against the backdrop of internationally recognized benchmarks. The DST has been responsible over the past decade, in partnership with the European Union (EC) Directorate-General Research, for the coordination, monitoring and promotion of cooperation under the SA-EU Agreement – this includes SA participation in FP4, FP5, FP6 and FP7.

Since 2007, South Africa has participated in more than 200 FP7 projects. The projects cover topics such as the prevention and treatment of the major poverty-related communicable diseases such as HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis, improving animal health and food security, and monitoring global change (e.g. Earth observation) and predicting its impact to prepare response strategies in areas such as water sanitation. The SA-EU partnership on health research is further strengthened by the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), created as a response to the global health crisis caused by the three main poverty-related diseases of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, diseases that account for over 6 million deaths each year. South Africa is currently hosting the African EDCTP Secretariat at the Medical Research Council in Cape Town and leading a number of projects. Space, ICT and social science and the humanities are other strong areas of cooperation.

DST coordinated the previous ESASTAP project, which greatly helped increase SA-EU collaboration and SA's participation in FPs. In addition, DST played a major role in SACCESS (amongst other projects, namely INCONTACT, CAAST-Net, ABEST II, ICT-Africa, AeroAfrica-EU, BioCircle, and ERAfrica), which made significant inroads into disseminating SA research and innovation programmes in Europe.

Contact: Tugela Matubatuba,

Agency for the Promotion of the European Research (APRE)

The APRE (Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea) is a non-profit research organisation, created upon the joint initiative of the Italian Ministry of Research and the European Union in 1989, grouping together more than 100 member organisations, including both public and private research centres, industries, industrial associations, chambers of commerce, science parks and 40 universities, with the main objective to promote the participation on national and European RTD programmes. APRE received (2001) the Quality Certification for its Project, training and promotion activities regarding research programmes (ISO EN 9001:2000).

During its 20 years of experience APRE has been participating to several projects (about 90) cofinanced by the European Union (DG Research and DG Enterprise). A renamed experience on training activities (courses, workshops, info-days and seminars) complete its skills. Coming from the Third EC Framework Programme, as well the subsequent ones (FP4, FP5 and FP6) and now in the Seventh Framework Programme APRE has been appointed by the Italian Ministry of Research and the European Union as host organisation of the Italian National Contact Points for all the themes and sectors as well as expert of the Information, Communication Technology Thematic group in the CIP Programme by the Ministry of Innovation and Technologies. APRE has acquired a long practical experience in supporting activities of DG Research and DG INFSO promoting European Research Framework Programmes and their links with structural and regional policies and associated funding of initiatives and projects. Most of these projects were aimed at increasing SME participation in different sectors such as life sciences, ICT, industrial technologies, etc. Since 2000, APRE won several projects (57) co-financed by the European Union (DG Research and DG Enterprise). In the FP7 APRE has a deep knowledge of the International Cooperation sector thanks to the projects where APRE is coordinator (INCO-NET Projects: ENLACE (Central America), EUCARINET (Caribbean); ACCESS4EU Projects: Canada, India and Mexico, WP leader and partner in INCO-NET Projects: PACENET (Pacific), WBC INCO-NET (Western Balkan Countries); BILAT Projects: China, India, Mexico, USA, Canada, Egypt and Argentina; ACCESS4EU Projects: South Africa, USA. Moreover, APRE has been nominated by the Italian Ministry of Innovation and Technologies, NCP as host organisation for FP7.

Contact: Martina De Sole,

Projektträger im Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (PT-DLR)

The Projektträger im Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (PT-DLR, Project Management Agency – part of the German Aerospace Center) is a research funding organisation supporting the Federal Ministry of Education and Reserach (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), along with other Federal Ministries, in the implementation of programme-related project funding. Bearing in mind the necessity and the importance of research and development for the science and business location Germany, the PT-DLR is committed to the interests of the community. It carries out the specifications of its principals competently and swiftly, thus supporting the acquisition and utilisation of scientific knowledge and technological progress.

Our team comprises over 900 employees who, over the past year, have administrated more than 1.000 million euro and around 10.200 projects. More than 50 % of the team are scientists from virtually every field of activity which have an in-depth knowledge of the latest developments in science, research and development, plus excellent experience in the design, finance, support and evaluation of research projects. Thanks to many years of intensive cooperation, we have built up a first-class network of contacts with research sponsors, specialist committees and experts at national and international level.

Contact: Petra-Ruth Mann,

L’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)

IRD is a French public research institute addressing international development issues. It reports to the French Ministries of Research and of Foreign and European Affairs. The objectives underpinning all IRD work are to improve health, understand how societies are changing and protect the environment and natural resources, with a view to achieving the global Millennium Development Goals. IRD's staff is 2220 including 843 researchers. 39% of IRD's staff is based in the developing countries. Through partnership-based research, training and innovation, it is present in more than fifty countries in Africa, the Mediterranean basin, Latin America, Asia and the French overseas territories. Jointly run with partner institutions, its projects are based on an interdisciplinary approach. IRD also aims to ensure that knowledge is put to the service of the socio-economic development.

In 2010, IRD was entrusted with the founding and management of the Inter-Agency on Research for Development (AIRD) whose goal is to coordinate actions of French research institutions acting in partnership with research and innovation actors in Southern countries. Thus, IRD, through the AIRD, is able to mobilize the expertise of its members - IRD CIRAD, CNRS, Universities (CPU), INSERM and Institut Pasteur- in the framework of the project.

IRD also coordinates the French NCP for "International Co-operation" and have participated in many INCO actions including projects focusing on the African continent: it coordinates ERAfrica (ERANet) and is a partner in CAAST-NET Plus and SPRING (INCO-Net). IRD was also a partner in SAccess, the ACCESS4EU project targeting South Africa. IRD has a permanent representation in South Africa ensuring the link with South African Ministries and research agencies and institutions.

Contact: Ludovic Mollier,

KiNNO Consultants Ltd

KiNNO provides services and resources to significantly enhance technology based innovations in SMEs and research organisations. KiNNO offers knowledge & innovation services aiming at strengthening innovation capacity, such as: technology acquisition, technology evaluation, protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR's), negotiations as well as market and business analysis to determine the potential and means for a technology to become successful in the market. KiNNO has been supporting SMEs and organisations to build networks and clusters to better exploit their research results as well as acquire know-how and technology. Its services support RTOs to better exploit the results of their research (license out), as well as industry players seeking to acquire technologies (license in), with the objective of bridging the gap between research and innovation.

KiNNO is a pioneer in the creation of a market for Technology Transfer the Mediterranean region and has developed a sophisticated network of professional expertise and regional contacts while it holds significant working experience and expertise on RTD & Innovation development. Moreover, it has developed strong experience in managing innovation related projects as well as personnel training in innovation related topics such as the EU Framework Programmes, Technology Transfer and Spin-Off creation.

Contact: Vasilis Papanikolaou,


Euresearch is a private association mandated by the Swiss State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) to inform and advise Swiss research organizations and businesses on accessing European Union funded R&D projects and to facilitate them technology and innovation co-operation with partners in Europe and beyond. Euresearch hosts all Swiss National Contact Points (NCPs) for the EU Framework programme for Research and Innovation and is the coordinator of the Swiss node of Enterprise Europe Network. With over ten years in delivering support services to facilitate international cooperation for research, development and innovation Euresearch has developed a strong network and gained a huge experience in empowering people engaged in research and innovation to benefit from European Research and Innovation programmes and projects.

Contact: Cédric Höllmüller,

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)

ASSAf is the official national science academy recognised by the South African government through the passage of the ASSAf Act, Act No. 67 of 2001, which came into operation in May 2002. ASSAf aspires to be the apex organisation for science and scholarship in South Africa, recognised and connected both nationally and internationally. Through its Membership, regarded as the ‘brains trust' of the nation and which represents the collective voice of the most active scholars in all fields of scholarly enquiry, ASSAf aims to generate evidence-based solutions to national problems. The Academy's strength resides in the quality and diversity of its Membership; internationally renowned scholars elected by their peers, who give of their time voluntarily in the service of society.

ASSAf's policy advisory role is informed by key national challenges and is executed in both a responsive and proactive manner. ASSAf strives to address cross-cutting and complex issues that suit the particular convening strength and niche of an Academy. ASSAf also seeks to implement projects in association with other science academies in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, Africa and abroad, in its efforts to influence regional and global policy. In order for ASSAf to fulfil its policy advisory role regarding key challenges facing the nation, a variety of consensus, forum, and assessment studies are undertaken. ASSAf, in its policy advisory activities also publishes policymakers' booklets on key topics and issues commentaries on national policies and global challenges.

Contact: Dorothy Ngila,

Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA)

SARIMA is a stakeholder organisation that provides a platform for the promotion and facilitation of best practise in research and innovation management in Southern Africa. The purpose is to strengthen the research and innovation system to ensure the social and economic development of the region. This not-for-profit association was established in 2002 and the key stakeholders are Research and Innovation Managers in the public and private sectors, researchers and entrepreneurs, institutional management, government departments and agencies responsible for research and innovation, other organisations supporting research and innovation and other research and innovation management associations. SARIMA has an executive committee who work pro bono for the association. The executive committee consists of a president and five vice-presidents who serve the five portfolios, namely Operations, Innovation and Technology Transfer, Research, Capacity Building and Professionalisation and lastly, African Partnerships.

SARIMA operates at an institutional, national and international level, as well as across the research and innovation value chain, from research management to intellectual property management and the commercialization of research output. SARIMA interacts, liaises and forms strategic alliances and partnerships with other organizations in the execution of its activities. In 2012 SARIMA had 350 members from across the African continent, representing a 90 % increase in membership compared to 2010 figures. More than 15 skills training workshops will be presented in the course of 2013 across Southern Africa and one of the highlights of the year will be the SARIMA conference in Cape Town from 7-10 October.


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