CAAST-Net Plus: Advancing SSA-EU cooperation in research and innovation for global challenges

Research summary

CAAST-Net Plus is a network of 25 partner organisations from all over Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, working together to support bi-regional cooperation in research and innovation.

Building on the activities and outputs of the CAAST-Net project (2008-2012), 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 climate change, food security and health.

Foster discussion 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.

?Through informing the bi-regional policy dialogue for mutual learning and awareness, through 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, good and services, and through dedicated mechanisms to encourage bi-regional research partnerships, CAAST-Net Plus will make invaluable contributions to the quality and scope of the Africa-Europe STI relationship for mutual benefit.


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Research title
CAAST-Net Plus: Advancing SSA-EU cooperation in research and innovation for global challenges

Research timeline
1.1.2013 - 1.12.2016

Europe global challenges innovation research science cooperation sub-Saharan Africa



UniPID / University of Jyväskylä
Social Sciences and Philosophy
Jyväskylä, Finland

Head of research
Jeremy Gould

Research team
Melissa Plath

Association of Commonwealth Universities (UK), Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Egypt), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (Ghana), Research Council of Norway (Norway), Department of Science and Technology (South Africa), Research Africa (South Africa), Ministry of Science and Technology (Kenya), Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (Uganda), Ministry of Education (Rwanda), Institute of Research for Development (France), Ministry of Higher Education Science and Innovation (Cape Verde), International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research at the German Aerospace Centre (Germany), Ministry of Higher Education Universities Regional Centres and Scientific Research (Senegal), Association of African Universities (Ghana), Centre for Social Innovation (Austria), Council on Health Research for Development - Switzerland (Switzerland), Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal), Ministry of Education (Rwanda), Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research (Madagascar), National Commission for Science and Technology (Malawi), National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (Nigeria), PRAXI/HELP-FORWARD Network (Greece), Spanish Foundation for International Cooperation Heath and Social Affairs (Spain), Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (Netherlands), Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)

Contact information
Melissa Plath
+358 40 024 8075
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