Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation
Between Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe

About Us

Our goals, news and track record


Aims and Results


CAAST-Net Plus is a network of 26 partner organisations from all over Europe and sub-Saharan Africa working together to support bi-regional cooperation in research and innovation.  

[Image credit: Department of Science and Technology of South Africa] 

Building on the results 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.

Our Story

Outcomes and Outputs

CAAST-Net Plus delivers important contributions to the quality and scope of the Africa-Europe STI relationship for mutual benefit through: 

  • Informing the bi-regional policy dialogue for mutual learning and awareness.
  • 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. 
  • Providing dedicated mechanisms to encourage bi-regional research partnerships.

Key Reports






Key Events






*All CAAST-Net Plus Horizon 2020 info days and NCP training workshops


Quarterly Updates


  • Issue 10 | December 2017 PDF | 2.5Mb
  • Issue 9 | July 2017 PDF | 1.94Mb
  • Issue 8 | December 2016 PDF | 2.27Mb
  • Issue 7 | June 2016 PDF | 4.8Mb
  • Issue 6 | December 2015 PDF | 3.74Mb
  • Issue 5 | June 2015 PDF | 2.51Mb
  • Issue 4 | December 2014 PDF | 2.1Mb
  • Issue 3 | June 2014 PDF | 1.71Mb
  • Issue 2 | December 2013 PDF | 1.22Mb
  • Issue 1 | June 2013 PDF | 911.38Kb

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CAAST-Net Plus Background

In 2007 heads of state and government from Africa and Europe launched the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), formulated in response to geopolitical changes, globalisation and the processes of integration in Africa and Europe. 

At the heart of the JAES is an overtly political relationship. Among the features distinguishing JAES from previous Africa-Europe policy initiatives is the associated action plan, renewed after the April 2014 Africa-Europe summit of heads of state as a roadmap, focusing on five priority areas for Africa-Europe cooperation.
The contribution of scientific and technological research and innovation, and the centrality of research capacity for economic and social growth and poverty alleviation, and for addressing global societal challenges of mutual interest is embedded across the roadmap. But it also appears explicitly under the focal areas of human development as an STI partnership governed by a EU-Africa high-level policy dialogue platform in STI.

The value of STI cooperation between the continents is central and under JAES has already led to significant achievements for mutual benefit.

Newsletters on EU-Africa STI cooperation (2008-2016)

More about the CAAST-Net Plus policy context

Our predecessor project CAAST-Net (2008-2012)

RINEA: Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa (2015-2017)

Funding and Coordination

CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. It will run from 2013 to 2016.

The project is coordinated by Dr Andy Cherry at the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Dr Eric Mwangi at the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, who is the project's Africa Region Coordinator.  

General enquries to:

Two continents. 26 partners. One mission.

CAAST-Net Plus: Advancing Sub-Saharan Africa-EU Research and Innovation for Global Challenges.

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Disclaimer: CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n0 311806. This document reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union cannot be held liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.

CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement 311806
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