FinCEAL Plus BRIDGES Africa
FinCEAL Plus BRIDGES supports research cooperation between researchers based in Finnish institutions and the research community in Africa on activities that align with the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and its' 17 goals.
In addition, FinCEAL Plus BRIDGES will continue to support research with African partners on themes derived from the European Union(EU)-Africa Union (AU) cooperation priorities in Science, Technology and Innovation. The Joint AU-EU Strategy and the AU-EU High-Level Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation highlight the following thematic areas of priority:
- Renewable Energy
More Information: Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) ;Africa-EU Renewable Energy Programme.
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
More information: Multi-annual Financial Framework of the EU 2014-2020
Research and Innovation towards an African Road Safety Action Plan is one of the funding priorities in Horizon2020.
More information: European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership programme.
Finland is a member of EDCTP2, more information on it's membership and contribution can be found here in Finnish.
- Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)
More information: Roadmap on EU-Africa Research and Innovation in Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture; Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa (RINEA) website.
- Climate Change
Supporting other global actions like the UN COP agreements, Climate Change and Sustainable Energy were adopted as the 2nd priority areas for AU-EU STI cooperation in October 2017 by the High-Level Policy Dialogue on STI. Research and Innovation in this area has been further facilitated by earmarking funding for Research collaboration between the EU and Africa in Horizon 2020.
In the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), the two regions agreed to increase collaboration on space through the Africa Space Policy Strategy (AfriGEOSS) and AU-EU Space Troika.
The Africa Component of BRIDGES is coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences.