September 2014 - The ESASTAP Plus call for twining activities is intended to further intensify scientific and technological collaboration by deepening cooperation in marine sciences and raw materials. The response to the announcement was high.
Grants were awarded to 12 research institutes across Europe and South Africa and will enable reciprocal scientific visits of 36 researchers (including early career scientists) between these two parts of the world prior to 31 May 2015.
In the area of Marine Sciences including Polar Science, funds have been granted to:
- France (National Centre for Scientific Research – CNRS: LEGOS), Germany (Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology and Institute of Geology, University of Hamburg) and South Africa (Marine Research Institute, University of Cape Town)
- Portugal (Centre of Oceanography, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon) and South Africa (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
- France (CNRS Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien - UMR7178) and South Africa (Percy FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
- Poland (Palaeo-oceanology Unit, University of Szczecin) and South Africa (Coastal and Marine Research Institute, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
In the area of Raw Materials, Mineral & Mining Research funds were allocated to:
- The United Kingdom (Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York) and South Africa (Department of Chemistry, University of Cape Town)
Cooperative mechanisms such as these twinning activities provide broader networks and enable researchers from various European States and South Africa to capitalise on opportunities/synergies and to set up consortia and respond to calls for applications as part of important programmes such as Horizon 2020.