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The Work Programme 2018-2020 for Societal Challenge 5 has been published
22 November 2017 - The Work Programme 2018-2020 for Societal Challenge 5 "Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials" has been published by the European Commission. This Work Programme is structured around two calls: 'Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: climate action in support of the Paris Agreement' and 'Greening the economy in line with the the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals'.

New service available for European research and technology development
7 November 2017 - Space Applications Services NV/SA (SpaceApps) has developed an end-to-end service for the integration, launch and operations of research and technology investigations in low Earth orbit (at the International Space Station), with the support of a grant from the EC's H2020 SME Initiative. The service starts operation with its first launch in Q1 of 2018 and subsequently launches are three times a year. The service, called ICE Cubes (International Commercial Experiment Cubes), offers fixed prices for payloads in multiples of 10*10*10cm3 (1U), can accommodate volumes of 20U and provides up to 40W power per payload and 4.0/0.5Mbps down/up link.

IFAS-Research Call for Projects
1 November 2017 - Within the framework of its research programming, IFAS-Research annually funds a number of research projects: collective projects, fieldworks, scientific events, publications. Nationality is not a condition for application, although the existence or prospect of a long-lasting partnership between France and Southern Africa is essential, particularly for proper bilateral projects. Special attention will be given to young researchers and collective projects. The deadline for submission is 1 December 2017.

IFAS-Research Call for Research Fellowships
1 November 2017 - One or two doctoral or post-doctoral research positions are available at the IFAS-Research. These posts are financed through non-renewable relocation allowances for 4 to 9 months (maximum). Successful applicants will receive the scientific and logistic support of IFAS-Research and will become involved in the scientific life of the Institute by regularly taking part in the ongoing activities (conferences, seminars, publications, etc.). Applicants must be French or registered in a French university or in a French research centre. Applicants will be selected on the basis of scientific criteria only, although the integration potential of the project into the academic landscape of Southern Africa will be taken into consideration. The deadline for submission is 1 December 2017.

Horizon 2020 – Launch of Work Programme 2018-2020
27 October 2017 - The European Commission today announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council.

IST-Africa 2018 Call for Papers
24 October 2017 - Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa 2018 (May) is the thirteenth in an annual series of Ministerial level Technology Research Conferences. IST-Africa provides a platform in Africa to strengthen ICT-enabled Innovation, Science and Technology related policy dialogues within Africa and between Africa and Europe, Global Development, Research and Innovation Cooperation and Community Building. The deadline for submission is 15 December 2017.

Call: 2017 Joint Transnational Call funded under IC4WATER
24 October 2017 - Proposals are invited on the topic "Water resource management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals", organised around two challenges: Multiple pressure effects on ecosystems and ecosystem services as well as effective mitigation – adaptation tools and assessments for implementing the water related targets of the UN SDGs; and developing accessible solutions for clean water management to address UN SDG6 targets and associated SDGs. The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is 11 December 2017.

Call: ATIP – Avenir Program 2018 Young group leader
13 October 2017 - Under a partnership between Inserm and CNRS, a call for proposals is launched aimed at enabling young scientists to create and lead a team within an established Inserm or CNRS laboratory in France, and to promote mobility and attract young team leaders to working abroad. Projects must relate to life sciences or health. The contract will have to begin during the first half of the year 2019. Applications must be submitted in electronic form before 16 November 2017.

Invitation to participate in a South African research cruise onboard SA Agulhas II under the IIOE-2 programme
31 August 2017 - In 2014, the IOC of UNESCO adopted a resolution in support of the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2), to run from 2015 to 2020. South Africa, being one of the countries affiliated to the IOC, will be participating in the IIOE-2 through various activities. These activities were endorsed by the South African Cabinet in August 2017. To this end, the National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) invites experts, natural and social scientists, and students to participate in a research cruise onboard the SA Agulhas II in October-November 2017.

ESASTAP 2020 Call for Twinning Activities in Marine Sciences
31 August 2017 - The objectives of this Twinning Call is to provide mobility grants in order to (1) build on /expand the existing research collaboration and relationships and (2) establish new research relationships or collaborative projects. The overall aim is to establish long-term, institutional cooperation between EU and South African partners and reach a new level of partnership by strengthening a small number of strategic alliances. The deadline is 6 October 2017.

Eureka Call for Network Projects on Advanced Manufacturing
22 March 2017 - This thematic Eureka Call for Network Projects on Advanced Manufacturing aims at developing tomorrow's innovation in the field of advanced manufacturing. The Eureka member countries that take part in this call are South Africa, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, South Korea and Turkey. The completed EUREKA Project Application Form should be submitted by the main participant until 21 April 2017, 05:00 pm CET.

M-ERA.NET Transnational Call 2017 is open
14 March 2017 - The M-ERA.NET Call 2017 was launched on the 14 March 2017. More than 30 funding agencies from more than 25 countries participate with a preliminary total budget of around 25 million € national/regional funding. The aim is to fund ambitious transnational RTD projects addressing materials research and innovation including materials for low carbon energy technologies and related production technologies. M-ERA.NET aims to strengthen the contribution of materials R&D to energy-related applications where applicable. Deadline for mandatory pre-proposals: 13 June 2017, 12:00 noon (Brussels time).

ERA-MIN Call 2017 announcement
3 March 2017 - ERA-MIN 2 (2016-2021) is a public-public partnership of 21 research funding organisations from Europe and beyond, that aims to develop the non-energy, non-agricultural raw materials sector, in Europe and globally, through the coordination of research and innovation programmes following the successful experience of ERA-MIN (2011-2015), to strengthen the industry competitiveness and the shift to a circular economy. The scope of the Joint Call is demand-driven research and innovation on primary and secondary resources of metallic, construction and industrial minerals and substitution of Critical Raw Materials, addressing one or several areas of the circular economy. 5 May 2017, 17:00 CEST - Deadline for pre-proposal submission (mandatory).

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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