The primary objective of the project is the strengthening of science and technology (S&T) co-operation between African scientists and between African and European scientists.
This objective is endorsed by both Africa and the European Union (EU) respectively in Africa's Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action of NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development) and in the recently adopted EU Strategy for Africa.
The Science and Technology - European African Project (ST-EAP) aims to heighten awareness of European funding mechanisms and S&T co-operative instruments that support the creation of African/European consortia. In particular ST-EAP seeks to create an increased awareness of the role of the Framework Programmes. The tools intended to address these goals include workshops, conferences, dialogue with National Contact Points, the Informal Group of Liaison Officers and the S&T community of Africa.
This will include focussed presentations, a website (including partnering and funding databases) and material highlighting Africa's S&T expertise. ST-EAP will seek mechanisms to facilitate greater EU Africa/NEPAD collaboration, and provide a greater input into future Framework Programmes and proposals for sustainability and growth of the African and EU S&T communities.
This will also promote the internationalising of the European Research Area (ERA) by contributing to the international dimension requirements for integrating and strengthening the ERA and derive benefit for the people of the participating countries through identifying and addressing S&T priorities that provide opportunities for increased economic growth, and improved quality of life.
ST-EAP is coordinated by South Africa's CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) and the AAS (African Academy of Sciences) with input from advisors.
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