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Study: Communication Key to Building Successful Research Partnerships
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Study: Communication Key to Building Successful Research Partnerships

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A new published study entitled “Promoting Sustainable Research Partnerships: A Mixed-method Evaluation of a United Kingdom-Africa Capacity Strengthening Award Scheme” has found that communication is a “key factor” in building a functional research partnership. Collectively developed ideas, shared decision-making and shared research outputs were also considered fundamental partnership success factors. “This paper draws out lessons for establishing and maintaining successful research collaborations, based on partnership dynamics, from the perspectives of both high-income countries and low- and middle income countries [LMICs] stakeholders through the evaluation of a research capacity strengthening partnership award scheme,” the study’s abstract says. “Some [study participants] reported that when partners entered the project with differing assumptions about, for example, the research content and focus, the administration of funds, or procurement process the effect on the partnership was debilitating,” the authors write. The research was conducted by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the New York Institute of Technology. [Image credit: Flickr, CIFOR]

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Report: South Africa’s Participation in the Seventh Framework Programme
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Report: South Africa’s Participation in the Seventh Framework Programme

The Academy of Science of South Africa has released a report analysing South Africa’s participation in the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for (FP7), a press release by South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) has announced. The report, Insights into South Africa’s Participation in the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Commission, draws its findings from 122 FP7-funded projects involving South Africa partners. Online surveys with FP7 funding recipients were combined with a research involving a group of officials from DST. “Recommendations of the report range from capacity building to strengthen support to South African researchers, addressing project management challenges, to dissemination of the research project outputs,” the press release says. [Image credit: ASSAf]

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Help Simplify Horizon 2020
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Help Simplify Horizon 2020

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The European Commission has invited Horizon 2020 stakeholders and grantees to participate in an evaluation. Their goals? To establish the impact of the existing Horizon 2020 simplification measures, and to explore new simplification measures. According to the Horizon 2020 participant portal, there are two versions of the survey: a version targeting actual participants in ongoing Horizon 2020 projects (by personal invitation); and an open version for all types of stakeholders available on http://l.caast-net-plus.org/er. Data collection closes on 23 October 2015. [Image credit: European Commission]

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UK Assesses Evidence of Impact of Research on Development
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UK Assesses Evidence of Impact of Research on Development

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The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has published a literature review of evidence showing the impact of research on international development. “It demonstrates that research does make important and significant contributions to socioeconomic development but that some commonly held assumptions about how research leads to change are not backed up by the evidence,” the report’s Executive Summary states. [Image credit: UK Department for International Development]

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EU-Africa Research Failures
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EU-Africa Research Failures "Opportunity for Learning"

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In an article published by SciDev.net, Mico Tatalović, highlights the importance of analysing both the successes and failures of EU-Africa research and development initiatives. "Without recognising failure and understanding why it happened, we are unlikely to avoid it in future," Tatalović says. [Image credit: Flickr, Curtis Gregory Perry]

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Recommendations: Workshop on Lessons Learned from Specific Bilateral and Multilateral S&T Activities between Europe and Africa
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Recommendations: Workshop on Lessons Learned from Specific Bilateral and Multilateral S&T Activities between Europe and Africa

Representatives from Africa and Europe with extensive experience in bilateral and multilateral cooperation projects shared their experience and knowledge to identify best practices and recommendations promoting effective cooperation within a project between the EU and Africa. The objective of the workshop was to analyse the existing practises within EU-African S&T cooperation projects and to capitalise on the experience of the actors involved in such projects for future S&T cooperation initiatives within the FP7 and beyond. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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The Network | No. 12 - July 2011
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The Network | No. 12 - July 2011

A newsletter on science and technology in Africa and Europe, including relevant science policy news, profiles of research institutes and organisations, upcoming events and the latest funding opportunities. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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