FinCEAL - Developing Finnish Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Europe,    Africa and the LAC Region 

The principal aim of the FinCEAL project is to internationalize the Finnish research and science policy community towards Africa and the LAC region through enhanced communication and by facilitating the participation of Finnish experts in important bi-regional processes. The objectives of the project are:

  • to support and consolidate the participation of Finnish researchers and the science policy experts in bi-regional science policy dialogue and processes
  • coordinate and network Finnish researchers and science policy experts working with Africa and the LAC regions
  • expand awareness of Finnish researchers in both regions;
  • enhance the communication of the cooperation possibilities in the regions;
  • and highlight current Finnish research and scientific cooperation relevant to the regions.

  • An important part of the UniPID coordinated FinCEAL project is to build an infobank of researchers focusing on the African and Latin American & the Caribbean regions. 

Through these objectives, the project brings together the researchers and the science policy experts, strengthens the Finnish research capacity, consolidates the global responsibility of the Finnish higher education institutions, and increases the bi-regional interaction in the scientific community and business sector. The project will provide Finnish HEI’s and experts with more influence on and funding possibilities for bi-regional research and education cooperation.

The project is coordinated by the UniPID network and funded by the MInistry of Education and Culture of Finland. It is divided into the Africa and the LAC regional components that are coordinated by project advisors. Both of the regional components consist of the following five activities:

  • Enhancing the expert participation and international networking
  • Thematic networks and dialogue in Finland between different stakeholders
  • Small-scale project preparatory funding
  • Expert and project databanks
  • Enhanced communication