14 October 2015
Horizon 2020 commenced in January 2014 as the new Framework Programme to implement the Innovation Union with research and innovation funds of €80 billion from 2014 - 2020.
Horizon 2020 addresses all research and innovation funding that was previously provided through the Framework Programmes for Research and Technical Development (e.g. FP7), Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) and European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
The Work Programmes for 2016 - 2017 Calls for each thematic areas were published by the European Commission on 14 October 2015. Click here to download the individual Work Programmes.
Horizon 2020 is open to international cooperation. African research organisations who cooperate with European research organisations under collaborative research proposals submitted under Horizon 2020 are eligible for funding of research costs.
Under Framework Programme 7 (2007 - 2013) African research organisations successfully participated in over 600 projects bringing research grants into their institutions.
In additional to African participation in general calls under Horizon 2020, there are also a small number of dedicated calls for cooperation with Africa.
IST-Africa provided the European Commission with evidence to include two dedicated calls for ICT and Innovation-related cooperation between Europe and Africa - ICT-39-2015 Budget €12 million and ICT-39-2017 budget €13 million.
IST-Africa actively promoted the ICT-39-2015 calls, organised training workshops, assisted interested parties to identify partners and provided assistance to fine tune proposals submitted for consideration for funding.
This call was very successful with 45 proposals submitted including 194 participations from Africa. Twenty-three proposals scored over threshold with clearly defined user need/market opportunity for the technology being adapted and involved a number of countries from the target region for wider impact and stronger international partnership building. Due to the funding limitation of the available budget, four proposals with the highest scores were invited to enter the grant preparation phase - 2 projects focused on Health-related issues, one project focused on land tenure recording tools and one project focused on IoT and Big Data.