The ACP S&T Programme is another EU-funded programme implemented by the ACP secretariat, aimed at facilitating the creation and/or strengthening frameworks for regional and sub-regional co-operation and of inter-institutional co-operation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region in the field of science and technology.
The programme is focused on the quality of health care systems, environment research activities, renewable energy, transport, agriculture and agro industry and sustainable trade.
One of the key challenges potential South African ACP S&T participants has to meet is to find partners and financial support to fund international travel to meet and discuss potential ACP S&T projects with researchers in other African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. Cognisant of the difficulties sometimes posed to South African researchers in joining consortia for ACP S&T participation, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) created a “Seed Funding Instrument.” Under the Seed Funding Instrument, the DST is able to support the travel costs of South African researchers travelling to ACP countries to engage with ACP partners regarding ACP S&T collaborations. Alternatively funding can be granted to support the travel of ACP researchers to South Africa.
Funding is allocated upon the evaluation of applications submitted to the DST. Seed funding applications, for example, have to demonstrate the applicant’s prior, thorough interrogation of the ACP call, communication with potential partners, and an invite by the ACP partners to participate in a project proposal discussion in any of the ACP countries.
All requests should be drafted using the ACP S&T seed funding application template. Seed funding requests should be submitted a month in advance to DST, and applicants will get DST’s response within 10 working days after submitting the request.
Note: Applications should be accompanied by an invitation from the ACP partner to visit any of the ACP countries as well as flight and accommodation confirmations in line with the budget submitted.
Kindly note, DST will now need to enter into contracts with the applicant’s institution for all our funding instruments established to support SA’s participation in the European Union funded programmes. As a result, it may take up to a month to get a response and receive a contract from us. It is important for applicants to submit applications two months before the planned activity to have enough time to process and arrange payment.