Strengthening Africa-EU collaboration in research and innovation (R&I), and providing equitable access to research funding for applicants from across Africa and Europe.
As a continuation of the successful first phase (20 projects supported with 54 collaborative networks), this second phase provides funding to the African Union Commission to organise calls for proposals for collaborative research projects - the first call relates to 'sustainable intensification' in agriculture, in line with the priorities of the Africa-EU High Level Dialogue on Research and Innovation. It is funded under the Annual Action Programme 2014 of the DCI Pan-African Programme.
AURG II provides funding to the AUC to organise calls for proposals with the overall objective of improving science and technology research capacity and international collaboration between Europe and Africa and within Africa; knock-on benefits are expected on sustainable development and poverty reduction. Specifically, the action has two parallel objectives:
- Support collaborative R&I activities that address critical issues facing African countries and contribute to sustainable (including climate-resilient) development and the fight against poverty, while respecting ethical and gender issues;
- Develop the capacity of the AUC to design, implement and monitor R&I funding programmes and establish the basis for an effective, credible and reputable African framework programme that could attract additional investment from other sources (AU Member States and other partners and donors).
This initiative focuses on the funding of transnational multi-partner R&I projects addressing the priorities decided jointly by the AUC and the EU. For example, the first call for 'eradication of hunger and ensuring of food and nutrition security' came through the EU-Africa High Level Dialogue on Science, Technology & Innovation.
The awarded projects are expected to yield results, new products, services and policy advice that will contribute to socio-economic development in Africa, while respecting ethical and gender equality issues in the way research is carried out.