FinCEAL+ Project Preparatory Funding Call will close on April 15th 2016 - Apply now!

February 2, 2016

The purpose of the preparatory funding is to offer support to applicants based in Finnish institutions who are in the process of preparing an application for collaborative research funding from Horizon 2020, ERA-NET or the EuropeAid funding schemes with partners from Africa, Asia or the LAC region. The Call will close on April 15th. We encourage interested teams to submit their applications as soon as possible!

The FinCEAL+ Rolling Call for Project Preparatory Funding was opened on March 9th2015 and will remain open until April 15th 2016. We encourage researchers from Finnish universities and research centres planning new EU-funded collaborative research projects with Africa, Asian and/or Latin American and Caribbean partners to apply as soon as possible!

Aim of the funding

The purpose of the preparatory funding is to offer support to applicants based in Finnish institutions who are in the process of preparing an application for collaborative research funding from Horizon 2020, ERA-NET or the EuropeAid funding schemes. Other EU funding instruments can also be considered applicable if the applicant is able to clearly demonstrate the relevance of the project in relation to FinCEAL Plus thematic areas and regions. [1] The project should include meaningful participation from partners in the target region, and in the case of Horizon 2020 also Europe. The applicant should have identified a relevant Call and topic, and at least some of the consortium partners[2] prior to applying for the preparatory funding, and provide this information in the application form. Please scroll down for examples of eligible funding calls that are currently open.

Preparatory funding can only be issued to applications relevant to FinCEAL Plus regional and thematic areas, which are:

– Food security, Health, Climate Change, Renewable energy and Information Society;
Asia – Health, Food Security and Safety, Water Management, Renewable Energy, and ICT;
Latin America and the Caribbean – ICT for societal challenges, Bioeconomy, Renewable Energy, Health, Biodiversity and Climate Change.

The focus of the project under preparation should directly concern the target region or address global challenges through bi-regional cooperation.

Target group

Individual Principal Investigators or research groups from a Finnish institution involved in or forming a consortium with the intent of applying for research funding from the schemes mentioned above. Finnish institutions can include higher education institutions as well as research centers.

Priority is given to the following types of project proposals: (1) proposals where Finnish partners have a coordinator or other significant role in the consortium and in the project, (2) proposals involving the formation of a prominent international consortium, (3) proposals in later stages of development.

Eligible costs

Applicants can apply for grants between 2000€ - 5000€.

Eligible costs are those related to the direct preparation of a funding application, i.e. personnel costs, costs related to organizing a meeting or a workshop to develop the application, travel costs related to a meeting with consortium partners etc.[3]

Note: For this Call, the planned Research Funding application preparation process must occur by the end of September 2016.

Applying for the Call

  • Please read the Call for more detailed information on the Preparatory Funding.
  • Fill in the Application Form. The Form should not exceed 5 pages. The Application Form has to be signed by Principal Investigator of the potential project.
  • Save your application form in PDF format and send it by email to the Project Coordinator responsible for the regional component relevant for your application. Applications received in other formats than pdf or by post will not be accepted. Africa-related applications are sent to Eva Kagiri, Asia-related to Jarkko Mutanen and LAC-related applications to Kajsa Ekroos. Contact information is provided below.

The Rolling Call for Project Preparatory Funding is open until April 15th 2016

Recipients of the preparatory grants will be notified via email within 30 days of submitting the application. The grantees will also be published on the UniPID/FinCEAL Plus website. Further instructions on disbursing funds will be sent with the grant award notification.

More Information and Contacts

More information on the Preparatory Funding available in the Call.
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Inquiries regarding the Preparatory Funding can be sent to:

Eva Kagiri (Africa):

Jarkko Mutanen (Asia):

Kajsa Ekroos (LAC):

[1] Individual grants like ERC and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions are not applicable. Erasmus + is not applicable. Any national or bi-lateral funding instruments are not applicable.

[2] Minimum one partner from a third country and one European partner. 

[3] Meetings or workshops to develop the application can be organized in Finland, elsewhere in Europe or in the target region. The preparatory funding can be used to cover the travel costs of any of the consortium partners.



Examples of eligible European funding calls addressing 3rd country cooperation that are currently open



  • Health

H2020: IMI2-2015-08: Ebola and other filoviral haemorrhagic fevers (Ebola+) programme: future outbreaks. Multiple deadlines. More information

  • Information Society

H2020: ICT-39-2016-2017: International partnership building in low and middle income countries, Innovation action. Deadline 25th, April, 2016. More information


  • ICT

5G PPP Research and Validation of critical technologies and systems: More information

EU-Japan cooperation on Novel ICT Robotics based solutions for active and healthy ageing at home or in care facilities: More information

EU Cooperation and International Dialogues in Cybersecurity and Privacy Research and Innovation: More Information

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Bioeconomy, renewable energy and climate change

ERA-Net LAC: The aim of the ERANet-LAC Joint Calls is to start new, sustainable and multilateral research cooperation between researchers from Europe, Latin-America and the Caribbean countries. The Academy of Finland will fund the following topics: Topic 1: Ecosystem-based adaptation and resilience; Topic 3: Biorefinery – Fractionation and valorization of residual biomass to intermediate and/or final high added value bioproducts; Topic 5: Wind Energy – Advancement of small/medium-scale wind turbines in EULAC countries; Topic 6: Solar thermal energy – Energy storage technologies. Deadline for applications: 10 March 2016. More information on the Academy of Finland website and the Call on the ERA-Net LAC website.

H2020: LCE-22-2016: International Cooperation with Brazil on advanced lignocellulosic biofuels. Planned opening date is 11th May 2016, deadline 8th September 2016. More information 

  • Health

Pre-announcement of an upcoming H2020 Call to be launched soon: H2020: SC1-PM-XX–2016: Addressing the urgent research gaps against the Zika virus and other emerging threats in Latin America.
The tentative deadline is 28th April 2016; a draft of the call text is available upon request from NCP Antti Kalliokoski (antti.kalliokoski[at]  


  • ICT for Societal Challenges

The Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) has launched  the 2016 T-AP Digging into Data Challenge Call to support research projects that use "big data” to address questions in the social sciences and humanities. FinCEAL Plus will only support the preparation of proposals that have partners from both Europe and Latin America, and that relate to the FinCEAL Plus LAC thematic priorities. More information