(Image taken from the kick-off meeting)

UniPID, represented by the University of Jyväskylä, is a partner in CAAST-Net Plus, Advancing SSA-EU Cooperation in Research and Innovation for Global Challenges. 

CAAST-Net Plus is funded under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), the main research funding instrument of the EU. The project will run from 2013 - 2016.

CAAST-Net Plus aims to encourage more and better bi-regional STI cooperation for enhanced outcomes around topics of mutual interest, and particularly in relation to the global societal challenges of food security,climate change,and health.

CAAST-Net Plus actions rely on bi-regional dialogue among stakeholders for gathering informed opinion and experience about the bi-regional cooperation process, formulating and disseminating it in such a way as to be admissible to the formal bi-regional STI policy dialogue process and to programme owners. Read more about the project! 

CAAST-Net Plus Activities:
  • Strengthening cooperation in global challenges:food security,climate change, and health;
  • Supporting bi-regional policy dialogue for mutual learning and awareness;
  • Building support for coordinated and innovative approaches to bilateral funding of bi-regional cooperation around global challenges;
  • Brokering the public-private relationship to foster improved uptake and translation of bi-regional research partnership outputs into innovative technologies, goods, and services; and
  • Dedicated mechanisms to encourage bi-regional research partnerships
Outcomes and Impact:
  • More enabling policy environment for Science & Technology
  • Strategic cooperation
  • Novel instruments and programmes for cooperation in S&T
UniPID's Role:
UniPID will serve as Co-Leader Work Package 5: Strengthening Africa-EU Research Cooperation Partnerships. All of the tasks target researchers interested in bi-regional cooperation. Activities include:
  • holding awareness raising sessions on Horizon 2020,
  • researcher training sessions for participating in EU Framework Programmes (FP7, Horizon 2020), and
  • partner matching / brokerage events.
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