Developing Finnish Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Europe, Africa, Asia and the LAC Region (FinCEAL Plus)

Research summary

FinCEAL Plus started in January 2015 as an expansion and continuation of the FinCEAL Project
(2012-2014), both funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The aims of the FinCEAL Plus
project were to:

1. Increase and consolidate the Finnish bi-regional cooperation towards Africa, Asia, and the
LAC region, with special emphasis on supporting Finnish researchers’ involvement in
European bi-regional networks;
2. Support and consolidate the participation of Finnish experts in EU-Africa, EU-CELAC and EU-
Asia bi-regional research and science policy dialogues;
3. Increase the knowledge about and visibility of Finnish cooperation towards the target regions
within Finland;
4. Expand the awareness of Finnish expertise in the regions; and
5. Expand and consolidate the Finnish research communities’ awareness of cooperation
possibilities with the EU, Africa, Asia and LAC region.
6. Throughout all the project activities, strengthening the Finnish universities’ global responsibility and making it more systematic and measurable.


The FinCEAL Plus project continued to focus on the priority themes for research cooperation on global challenges defined in the EU's biregional science, technology and innovation (STI) policy dialogue with Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The thematic focus areas for each regional component of the project were:

1) Food Security;
2) Information Society;
3) Health;
4) Climate Change;
5) Renewable Energy

1) Health;
2) Food security and safety;
3) Water management;
4) Renewable energy;
5) ICT

1) ICT for societal challenges
2) Bioeconomy
3) Biodiversity and Climate change
4) Energy
5) Health

The project set out to meet its aims through the following activities:

- Issuing small-scale grants for researchers based in Finnish institutions, including Open and
PhD Travel Grants, Event Grants and Project Preparatory Grants;
- Issuing Targeted Travel Grants to enhance participation of Finnish researchers in bi-regional
STI policy dialogues and policy-relevant events;
- Organizing national events for information dissemination, thematic networking events in
Finland (Asia component) and regional side-events in Europe, Africa, Asia and/or the LAC
- Updating and expanding the InfoBank, a database of Finnish researchers and research
conducted on Africa, Asia or the LAC region;
- Acting as a Policy Contact Point between the Finnish research community and policy makers
nationally and at the EU level; and
- Disseminating information on the cooperation possibilities in the regions through various
communication platforms such as a Newsletter, the UniPID website, mailing lists and social
media channels.

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Research publication

Research info

Research title
Developing Finnish Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Europe, Africa, Asia and the LAC Region (FinCEAL Plus)

Research timeline
1.1.2015 - 1.12.2016

african union ASEAN asem bi-regional celac collaboration cooperation EU european union innovation policy science technology

Asia Caribbean Latin America Africa


Finnish University Partnership for International Development (UniPID)
University of Jyväskylä
Jyväskylä, Finland

Funding instrument

Project budget
1-2 million euros

Head of research
Markku Kanninen, Pekka Virtanen, Timo Tokola

Research team
Eva Kagiri, Kajsa Ekroos, Jarkko Mutanen, Melissa Plath

University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland

Contact information
Kajsa Ekroos
+358 50 448 6185
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