In July this year, the European Commission (FP7) launched a call for proposals aimed at addressing some of the science and technology objectives of the ‘Africa-EU strategic partnership’. The call, which closes on 14 January 2010, will provide up to €63 million for projects in the areas of health, food, agriculture and fisheries, biotechnology and environment.
The ‘Africa Call’, published under the EU’s 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), is a key element of the EU-Africa Strategic Partnership andrepresents a great opportunity for strengthening Africa’s research base in the areas addressed.
One of the central aims of the call is to strengthen local capacities in the relevant science and technology fields. Particular importance is therefore given to the participation of local stakeholders and/or regional actors, as well as the development of effective networking between projects.
The call is structured around two major areas:
- Water and Food Security
- Better Health for Africa
It has a holistic approach involving various scientific and technological research fields, such as food, agriculture, health, land and water resources, including their interaction with climate change and integrating broader socio-economic factors such as migration and resettlement, urbanisation, health care systems and programme interventions.
Funded projects will provide innovative management, governance tools and technologies suitable for the relevant authorities and stakeholders, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security and enhance public health. Further expected benefits are related to academic training and the setting up of health research networks, efficient water management and the protection of natural ecosystems in Africa.