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Young Leaders Programme 2017
14 February 2017 - The Young Leaders Programme is linked to the European Development Days (EDD) Conference taking place from 7-8 June 2017 in Brussels. Sixteen youth representatives from around the world will be selected based on their skills, experience and commitment to development issues. Once selected, they will be invited to participate in EDD 2017 high-level panels, share their ideas and experiences and be part of the global debate with key development stakeholders, policymakers and participants. The call is aimed at participants between the ages of 21-26. Costs of travel and accommodation will be covered by the European Commission. Applications are open until 9 March 2017 (1pm CET).

Call: Raw Materials International Co-Operation
19 January 2017 - Many countries are facing similar challenges in the field of mineral raw materials as the EU, including dependence on supply of raw material from international markets, shortage of knowledge on raw materials and their flows for decision making by authorities, industry, financial sector etc. There is a need for a more active involvement of the EU in relevant initiatives and closer collaboration with competent international organisations in the field of raw materials. Proposals should address one of the following: Demand-supply forecast and raw materials flows at global level; Advancing the idea of a World Forum on Raw Materials; International network of raw materials training centres. Deadline: 7 March 2017.

IC-3i International PhD Program 2017 - Call for applications now open
16 January 2017 - The IC-3i international PhD Program is co-funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 666003. The call aims at recruiting motivated students for 14 PhD projects, with contracts starting in October 2017. Applications can be sent until 5 February 2017, 17:00 CET. The IC-3i-PhD fellows will carry out research at Institut Curie, located in Paris (France) and its surroundings. This vibrant environment is based on the pluri-disciplinary approaches and excellence offered by over 80 research groups comprising Institut Curie's 12 research departments and its hospital group.

Transnational Call for Research & Innovation Projects in Maritime and Marine Technologies
21 December 2016 - The consortium of the ERA-NET Cofund MarTERA lauched a joint call for transnational research and innovation projects on different thematic priority areas. This call is initiated by funding organisations from 16 countries of the former ERA-NET MARTEC consortium and JPI OCEANS members: Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, South Africa and Turkey and will be co-funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020. The transnational call has a budget of about 30 Mio € for collaborative research and innovation projects. MarTERA will implement the Call 2017 as a two-step procedure (a pre-proposal and a full-proposal step). Step 1 deadline for submission of pre-proposals is 31 March 2017.

Publication of Erasmus+ Call for Proposals 2017
21 October 2016 - Erasmus+ offers opportunities for higher education mobility and cooperation projects with European partners. A Call for Proposals has now been launched with deadlines in February 2017. The total budget earmarked for this call for proposals is estimated at EUR 2,157.1 million.

Commission adopted revised versions of model grant agreements
20 July 2016 - The Commission amended the Horizon 2020 model grant agreements, providing, among other changes, clarifications, corrections and new rules in favour of beneficiaries that can be applied retroactively to grants signed with the previous version. The Commission informs individually all beneficiaries of ongoing grants and applicants for grants under preparation (via the attached notes). The revised model grant agreements are available on the Participant Portal, under the Reference Documents site. View an overview on the most important changes with retroactive effect.

Announcement of 2016 EDCTP calls for proposals
July 2016 - The EDCTP will launch nine calls for proposals to support clinical research and related activities. These calls are worth approximately €138.6M in research against poverty-related and neglected infectious diseases. The launch of these calls follows from the approval of the EDCTP work plan for 2016 by the European Commission and the General Assembly of the EDCTP Association. Proposals are invited for a number of topics with various open and close dates.

EU signs Economic Partnership Agreement with Southern African countries
June 2016 - The European Union and six countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the first of its kind between the EU and an African region pursuing economic integration. The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland – the so-called "SADC EPA group" – is a development-oriented free trade agreement. In addition to this agreement, other regional agreements could also soon be signed with West Africa and the East African Community.

Kick off Meeting for ESASTAP 2020
March 2016 - The kick-off meeting of the ESASTAP 2020 project took place on the 25th and 26th of February 2016, at Cape Town in South Africa. The meeting effectively launched the activities of the latest incarnation of a project series which has been supporting R&I cooperation between the EU and South Africa since 2005.

Erasmus+ 2016 Call for Proposals
November 2015 - Erasmus+ is the European Union's programme for education, training, youth and sport. Each year the programme selects new projects under a call for proposals. The 2016 Call for Proposals was launched on 20 October 2015, with deadlines in 2016. Higher education institutions and individuals from ACP countries are able to take part in the four components of the programme.

Horizon 2020: European Commission published 2016-2017 calls for proposals - Opportunities for Africa-EU collaboration
October 2015 - The European Commission has published 2016 and 2017 calls for proposals of the Horizon 2020 programme. The new calls amount to a budget of almost €16 billion. Horizon 2020 is the European Union's main programme to support research and innovation. It was launched in 2014 with a total budget of €77 billion over 7 years. The programme is "open to the world", signifying that researchers from any country can collaborate with their European counterparts through this programme. Since its launch, some 38 projects have been funded that involve African researchers working alongside researchers from Europe and other parts of the world. In addition to the general principle of openness, which means that almost all calls are open to African participants collaborating with European researchers, the calls for proposals for 2016 and 2017 contain a number of targeted actions addressing issues specific to certain regions of the world.

Horizon 2020 funded calls
October 2015 - As an officially-recognised 'third country', South Africa is eligible to participate in H2020 by joining EU-based consortia. Later this month and in the coming months the EC will launch calls for proposals under H2020. View the published final drafts of the relevant H2020 work programmes for 2016 and 2017. Please pay particular attention to the call opening dates (some already open, the rest opening between mid-October 2015 and December 2016) and closing dates (between January 2016 and September 2017).

Investing in European success - EU-Africa cooperation in science, technology and innovation
20 August 2015 - The EU-funded research projects set out in this booklet reveal what we can learn from traditional African medicines, how we can collaborate to tap into gamma ray astronomy, how we can harness the desert sun to produce clean energy and even how we can bring Africa’s culinary diversity to European markets. Download the booklet on the website.

Rethinking the blueprint for African-EU research
20 August 2015 - African and EU countries have long worked together on science and technology research. Now the way they collaborate is being rethought for the modern world. An EU-funded project has used a different approach for a more equal, coordinated research partnership between Africa and the EU.

Women scientists in Africa still in the minority
28 April 2015 - The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, told a gathering of women scientists that, while there is a growing scientific base in Africa, women are still under-represented in the field of science and technology. The Minister was addressing the opening of the Gender Summit Africa (GSA) in Cape Town, the first to be hosted in Africa, with the theme of "Poverty alleviation and economic empowerment through scientific research and innovation: Better knowledge from and for Africa".

European Commission launches €1m prize for a diagnostic test to combat antibiotic resistance
4 March 2015 - A prize of €1 million will be awarded to the person or team that develops a rapid test to tell whether a patient needs to be treated with antibiotics or not, the European Commission announced today. The aim of the Horizon Prize for better use of antibiotics is to stop many patients from taking antibiotics needlessly, which is one of the main reasons for the rise of antimicrobial resistance. Contestants will be able to submit their entries from 10 March 2015 until 17 August 2016.

Local researchers to benefit from opportunities under South Africa-European Research Council agreement
16 January 2015 - South African postdoctoral students interested in furthering their research and academic careers will have an opportunity to apply for prestigious grants under a new partnership agreement between South Africa and the European Research Council (ERC). The announcement of the SA-ERC agreement was made during a seminar hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to present opportunities for partnership between South Africa and the ERC.

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