ERAfrica : Developing African-European joint collaboration for Science and Technology

Project identifier 92-ERAFRICA
Project Status finished
Start date 2010-12-01
End date 2014-11-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Cross-cutting issues: Coordination between European and African FNSSA R&I projects
  • Cross-cutting issues: Integration of research and innovation activities
  • Type of Project Strengthening partnerships and alignment projects
    Programme FP7-INCO
    Keyword Communication framework; Programme coordination; collaboration; Sustainability; technologogy
    Location Egypt; Kenya; South Africa; Finland; Turkey; Belgium
    Budget 1 991 707
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (FP7)
    Coordinator Research Institute for Development (IRD)
  • Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD)
  • Conseil interuniversitaire de la Communauté française de Belgique (CIUF)
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST)
  • Fundacao para a ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT)
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST)
  • Ministry of Business and Economy
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
  • Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)
  • Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation
  • Project Web Site
  • Report (Cordis)
  • ERAfrica projects booklet
  • Description

    Project Context:

    ERAFRICA is a geographic ERA-Net project funded by the European Commission as part of its 7th Framework Programme aimed at the promotion and advancement of European collaborative scientific and technological research. The aim of a geographic ERA-Net (European Research Area Network) is primarily the consolidation of European research cooperation with a specific non-European country or area, thus to effectuate a coordination of efforts and a pooling of resources that can serve as a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to a range of independent bi-lateral arrangements between individual parties. Already a number of such ERA-Nets operate in relation to areas as diverse as Russia (Era.Net RUS), India (New INDIGO) and the Far East (KORA-Net), and it is within this context that ERAFRICA was created to serve the same function with regards to the African continent

    Practically, ERAFRICA boasts the following core objectives:

    • Establish a long-term framework for communication, collaboration and coordination of programme owners and managers from Europe and Africa, related to scientific and technological co-operation;
    • Reinforce European Union-Africa science and technology collaboration by promoting joint learning by African and European research programme owners and managers and identifying relevant instruments to address more effectively the global challenges of sustainable development;
    • Develop joint funding schemes and procedures between European and African programme owners aiming at supporting joint activities;
    • Strengthen African research capacities and improve the impact of research for development in Africa. Strengthening the impact and the influence of scientific and technological research implies enhancing the transfer of new knowledge to the benefit of society, and the achievement of greater coherence between research outputs, policies and funding instruments in areas other than research.