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South Africa invites partners in the Fifth Framework Programme

South Africa is hoping to encourage increased cooperation with EU researchers under the Fifth Framework Programme and presented areas of possible collaboration to a meeting in Brussels on 10 December 1998. Life sciences are top of Johannesburg's shopping list.

In 1996 South A...
South Africa is hoping to encourage increased cooperation with EU researchers under the Fifth Framework Programme and presented areas of possible collaboration to a meeting in Brussels on 10 December 1998. Life sciences are top of Johannesburg's shopping list.

In 1996 South Africa and the European Union concluded a Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement, making South African participation in EU research programmes easier. The agreement provides for South African participation in the EU's Framework Programme, enabling participation in all non-nuclear aspects of research. The agreement also opens European participation in South African programmes.

South Africa has participated in several of the Fourth Framework's programmes, e.g. BIOMED, BRITE-EURAM, ESPRIT and others. For the Fifth Framework Programme South Africa identifies the following areas as being especially suited for South African-European research cooperation:

- Agriculture and fisheries;
- Health and biomedicine;
- Biotechnology;
- Sustainable management of renewable natural resources.

South Africa is eligible for funding under the International Cooperation Programme INCO-DC for developing countries. For South African researchers there are funds available under a funding scheme to promote the South African Science Councils' international collaboration.

Source: South African Mission to the EU

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