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European Commission

EU and Africa step up research cooperation to combat coronavirus outbreak | European Commission

The European Union is stepping up its research and innovation cooperation with Africa in order to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is launching calls for expressions of interest to support research on the coronavirus and strengthen research capacities in sub-Saharan Africa. Three calls in total will be funded with up to €28 million from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.

The first call, with a budget of €2.25 million from Horizon 2020, with additional €1.5 million from Sweden and €1.0 from France has been launched on 3 April. It will fund research into coronavirus pandemic preparedness in sub-Saharan Africa, to develop point-of-care diagnostics and validate existing tests. They will also support clinical management by running controlled trials for diagnostics and therapeutics of promising agents.

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Innovation in Flanders to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus or its derived effects

In the last weeks we have seen in Flanders numerous initiatives to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, many of them arising bottom-up, often in collaboration with European partnerships that received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Everywhere in the region, research groups, as well as companies, have reallocated budgets to address different issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Flemish universities and their experts play a crucial role in the guidance and decision-making of this unseen crisis. This is particularly challenging, as the virus is new and its pathophysiology, the epidemiology and social impact need to be better understood to develop better diagnostics, vaccines, treatments and interventions.

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Innovation landscape in South Africa 2019

The Updated map of the innovation landscape in South Africa & Framework Conditions 2016 contains updated information and data for policy makers, researchers, programme owners and innovation organisations as well as small and medium enterprises interested in EU-South African linkages and offers through a variety of means.


South African Women in Science Awards – SAWiSA

31 May 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa

The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women. The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents. The theme for the 2020 SAWiSA is making the fourth industrial revolution


Erasmus+ Youth Dialogue projects

Key Action 3: Support for policy reform

Closing date: 1 October 2019

This Action promotes the active participation of young people in democratic life and fosters debate around topics centered on the themes and priorities set under the EU Youth Strategy and its dialogue mechanisms. Dialogue mechanisms are structured around priorities and timing and foresee events where young people discuss the agreed themes among themselves and with policy-makers, youth experts and representatives of public authorities in charge of youth in order to obtain results which are useful for policy-making. (more…)

International Science and Technology – Africa 2020

8 – 10 May 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Education, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and IEEE Kenya Section, IST-Africa 2019 is the fourteenth in an annual series of Ministerial level Technology Research