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Information Science and ICT Research Conference
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Information Science and ICT Research Conference

IST-Africa will hold its tenth technology research conference for ministers in Lilongwe, Malawi, from 6-8 May 2015. The agenda includes policy dialogues, international development, research cooperation, and community building. Stakeholders from the public and private sector will gather to discuss policy, exchange ideas, and explore areas of potential collaboration. The conference aims to offer support to the development of information science policy in Africa, and also promote, showcase and encourage international research and innovation in Africa. Malawi’s National Commission for Science and Technology is hosting the conference, with support from the European Commission and the African Union Commission. [Image credit: IST-Africa]

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Mountain Climate Change Call From International Funders’ Group
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Mountain Climate Change Call From International Funders’ Group

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A funding opportunity announced by the Belmont Forum is looking to support climate change research in mountainous areas, the group announced. Applications for pre-proposals will open on 1 April and close on 1 June. The Belmont Forum includes the European Commission, several European government funding agencies, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, and international organisations such as the International Council for Science. Applications should involve scientists from three or more participating countries/organisations, although these groups can involve partners from other areas. A total of €8 million is available in five research themes. [Image credit: Flickr/Mark Stevens]

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Horizon 2020 Applications Reach 45,000 Mark
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Horizon 2020 Applications Reach 45,000 Mark

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The European Union’s Horizon 2020 funding programme has exceeded 45,000 applications for grants since its inception, Science|Business reported on 12 March. While the European Commission has been impressed with the interest shown thus far, including from the private sector, it remains concerned about the success rate which is between 14% and 15%. The previous EU funding framework, FP7, had success rates between 19% and 22%. According to the article the “most over-subscribed areas” for Horizon 2020 calls are health, nanotechnology, ICT and security research. Additionally, the high application rate could be due to funding shortages in member states due to austerity measures. [Image credit: European Commission]

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Open Access Grants for FP7 Projects
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Open Access Grants for FP7 Projects

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A new pilot programme aimed at encouraging FP7-funded projects to publish their results in open access journals has been announced. The Gold Open Access Pilot will have €4 million at its disposal to encourage FP7-funded projects which have run their course to participate in the programme. Funding is available for any FP7 project for up to two years after it has ended and a maximum of three peer-reviewed articles can be published for an individual project. The pilot scheme is part of OpenAIRE2020, the European Commission’s open access plan for Horizon 2020 projects. [Image credit: Flickr/biblioteekje]

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Horizon 2020 Space Research Info Session for South Africans
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Horizon 2020 Space Research Info Session for South Africans

The South African government will be hosting a Horizon 2020 information session for researchers in Cape Town in the coming weeks to highlight opportunities for space research. The session will be organised by the European South African Science and Technology Advancement Programme (ESASTAP Plus) and supply information about joint policies and funding mechanisms for European Union-South Africa cooperation. Earth observation and satellite navigation will be given special attention. Speakers include representatives from the Department of Science and Technology, the European Commission, the International Astronomical Union and various space science researchers who will expound on their work. [Image credit: Horizon 2020]

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Climate Change Early Warning Project Progress Report Available
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Climate Change Early Warning Project Progress Report Available

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The Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) of the European Commission has published the latest project report of the FP7-funded project, Improved Drought Early Warning and Forecasting to Strengthen Preparedness and Adaptation to Droughts in Africa (DEWFORA). The report contains an overview of the project, preliminary results and an analysis of DEWFORA’s potential impact. [Image credit: Flikr, Bert Kaufmann]

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New Report Looks to Future EU-ACP Cooperation
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New Report Looks to Future EU-ACP Cooperation

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A report released by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) aims to make an important contribution to the discussion about what will happen after the current cooperation accord between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Commission (EC) comes to an end in 2020. The report entitled ‘The Future of ACP-EU relations post 2020: An Overview of relevant analysis by ECDPM, states that a post-Cotonou agreement (the original cooperation agreement between the ACP and the EC) is “now beginning in earnest”. The report contains perspectives on future relations, areas of the Cotonou agreement which warrants further exploration and a review of current structures involved in the cooperation. [Image credit: ECDPM]

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EU Funds New Ebola Projects
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EU Funds New Ebola Projects

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The European Union (EU) has announced new funding for research projects aimed at halting the spread of the Ebola epidemic plaguing West Africa, the EU announced on 16 January. The eight new projects will receive funding totalling €215 million, €114 million which will be drawn from the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding framework. The remainder will be supplied by European pharmaceutical companies, the EU says. The projects will involve partners from Africa and be split into four general thematic areas: vaccine development, vaccine manufacturing, awareness of vaccination campaigns and rapid diagnostic testing. [Image credit: Flickr/European Commission DG ECHO]

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DST and EC Host Information Session on ICT Research Horizon 2020 Projects
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DST and EC Host Information Session on ICT Research Horizon 2020 Projects

South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the European Commission (EC) will co-host a session to supply information regarding ICT-related research opportunities under Horizon 2020. The EC delegation will give feedback on the Future Internet Research Experimentation (FIRE) projects already taking place in South Africa and elaborate on opportunities for projects in the Horizon 2020 programme. Speakers at the session will include Daan du Toit, the Deputy Director-General: International Cooperation and Resources at the DST, as well as Georgios Tselentis of the EC who will give background on the FIRE project. [Image credit: Flickr/Dennis Skley]

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Project Report on FP7-funded Health and Environment Project
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Project Report on FP7-funded Health and Environment Project

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The European Commission has released a summary report on the results of FP7-funded health project, HEATLHY FUTURES, on its Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS) portal. According to the CORDIS report the project sought to improve understanding and awareness of the links between environmental factors and three target vector-borne diseases, malaria, Rift Valley fever and schistosomomiasis. Among the successes the EC lists are increased capacity among partners, stakeholder engagement, a number of academic outputs and specific scientific advances in the health. The project ran from 2011 to 2014 and was a collaboration between eight African, seven European partners and one Southeast Asian partner. [Image credit: Flickr, US Army Africa]

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