please find attached a LEAP-RE funding call pre-announcement. LEAP-RE (Long-term Joint AU-EU Research and Innovation Partnership on Renewable Energy) is a programme with 94 consortium partners, co-funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020).
One part of the LEAP-RE activities is implementing transnational joint Calls for Proposals for collaborative projects, co-funded by European and African national research funding agencies and with an additional EC top-up. The Finnish funding agency involved is the Academy of Finland.
Consortia applying for funding must consist of research teams from a minimum of four countries from Europe and Africa, with at least 2 from European countries and at least 2 from African countries.
The final Call should be published on 15 January 2021, with a deadline for pre-proposals on 1 April 2021.
See the attached pre-announcement for more information.
Ms. Helmi Jyrkkänen
UniPID - Finnish University Partnership for International Development
Welcome to presentation and discussion event of the study "Connecting Africa - Perspectives for Energy, Transport, Digitalisation and Research & Innovation" on Wednesday 11.11.2020 at 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm (EET). The event will be organized online on Microsoft Teams. The language of the event will be English.
In 2020, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland commissioned a development policy related study on Africa's connectivity. The authors of the current report are Ms. Eva Nilsson, PhD candidate at the Hanken School of Economics, Dr. Obert Hodzi at the University of Liverpool, Ms. Neema Komba, PhD candidate at the Hanken School of Economics, Professor Erkki Sutinen at the University of Turku, Dr. Mika Kautonen at Tampere University ,and Senior Researcher, Professor Liisa Laakso at the Nordic Africa Institute. The study is available at https://um.fi/publications/-/asset_publisher/TVOLgBmLyZvu/content/kehityspo….
2.00 pm - 2.10 pm Opening words (Secretary of State Johanna Sumuvuori, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, TBC)
2.10 pm - 2.20 pm General remarks on the study (Martti Eirola, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Dr. Obert Hodzi, University of Liverpool)
2.20 pm - 2.40 pm Energy connectivity in Africa (Eva Nilsson)
2.40 pm - 3.00 pm Transport connectivity in Africa (Dr. Obert Hodzi & Neema Komba)
3.00 pm - 3.20 pm Digital connectivity in Africa (Professor Erkki Sutinen)
3.20 pm - 3.40 pm Research and innovation connectivity in Africa (Dr. Mika Kautonen & Professor Liisa Laakso)
3.40 pm - 4.00 pm Conclusion: Re-connecting Europe and Africa after Covid-19 (Ville Varjola, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Eva Nilsson, Hanken School of Economics)
For each of the points, time has been reserved for discussion.
Please register for the event by 5.11.2020 in the following link: https://www.lyyti.in/Connecting_Africa
The Microsoft Teams link for the event will be sent for all registered participants. For additional information, please contact Nanna Hallikainen (nanna.hallikainen(a)formin.fi<mailto:email@example.com>). The invitation can be shared with your networks.
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Unit for the Horn of Africa and Eastern Africa
Department for Africa and the Middle East
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Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
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