CAAST-Net Plus, EDCTP2 Present Horizon 2020 in Sudan
The event took place on 17 January 2016 and the 150 participants in attendance were hosted by Sudan’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
“Researchers had the chance to share experiences from successful Sudanese applicants in Horizon 2020’s predecessor – the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) – as well as express concerns and discuss pertinent issues for cooperation with the presenters,” said Constantine Vaitsas of the Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Greece, speaking after the event.
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Participants also learnt about open Horizon 2020 funding opportunities and what National Contact Points do.
“One of the main benefits of the event is the realization of the benefits of establishing and running an NCP system. The Sudan currently has one officially appointed NCP but the need to expand the network of NCPs has become evident,” Vaitsas added.
Professor Ahmed Hassan Fahal of the University of Khartoum, who was recently appointed as the first Sudanese National Contact Point for Horizon 2020, supported the event’s organisation, alongside the EU science counsellor to the African Union, Stéphane Hogan. Dr Thomas Nyirenda, who is South-South Networking and Capacity Development Manager for (EDCTP2), also participated.
- EDCTP Overview and Calls for Proposals - Dr Thomas Nyirenda, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, South Africa
- Horizon 2020: Characteristics of Participation - Constantine Vaitsas, Forth Praxi Network, Greece
- Horizon 2020: Opportunity for International Collaboration - Stéphane Hogan, EU Delegation to the African Union, Ethiopia
A follow up workshop is being planned that will focus on training nominate NCPs in order to enhance the country’s readiness to participate in Horizon 2020.
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