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

Research summary

Building on the successes and outcomes of the previous FinCEAL and FinCEAL Plus projects, the FinCEAL Plus Continuation project aimed to provide strategic support to enhance the cooperation between research and science policy communities in Finland, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The specific objectives of the project were to:

1. Strengthen Finnish participation in the EU STI policy dialogues with the target regions;
2. Support Finnish participation in joint research projects with partners from the target regions;
3. Enable Finnish expertise and know-how to be better known in the target regions; and
4. Gather and disseminate information on Finnish cooperation towards the regions within Finland as well as new cooperation possibilities with the target regions.


The continuation project maintained the thematic focus areas corresponding to the EU’s STI policy dialogues with the regions:

1) Food and Nutrition Security;
2) Information Society;
3) Health;
4) Climate Change;
5) Renewable Energy;
6) Transport
7) Space

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

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

The project undertook the following activities:
• Targeted Travel Grants offering support for Finnish researchers’ travel to strategic, regionally-significant STI meetings, policy dialogue events, workshops, and networking events within the project’s thematic areas.
• Partnership Support Grants offering flexible support for partnership building with the aim of forming a consortium for external funding. This grant will support activities like travel to meet partners, organizing events/workshops, preparing funding proposals, as well as inviting guest researchers from the target region to Finland for short-term research stays and/or project preparation activities.
• Thematic networking events in Finland and regional side-events in Europe and the target regions, which highlight Finnish know-how and support networking.
• Continue and develop the InfoBank of projects, which serves as a database of Finnish collaborative research projects with the regions.
• Policy Contact for the Finnish ministries to receive input from the Finnish research community on policies or processes where expert advice is required.
• Communication & Dissemination activities informing about the project’s work, cooperation possibilities with the regions, important policy processes, and relevant events of interest to the Finnish science community. Special emphasis will be placed on more strategic communication.

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Research info

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

Research timeline
1.1.2017 - 1.12.2018

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

Africa Asia Caribbean Latin America


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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