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Strengthening Technology, Research and Innovation Cooperation between<br/>Europe and South Africa

Strengthening Technology, Research and Innovation Cooperation between
Europe and South Africa

Objective

The European Union and South Africa have long been committed to strategic cooperation in science and technology, dating back to their 1996 Cooperation Agreement, which facilitated cooperation under the Framework Programmes. South Africa has also concluded several bilateral cooperation agreements with EU Member States.
South Africa is aiming to create a robust national system of innovation to enable its transition to a knowledge economy, achieving sustained growth and development. On the other hand, the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative provides a new innovation policy context for the EU with an emphasis on addressing global societal challenges, increasing European competitiveness, and attracting research talents and investments to Europe. South Africa and the EU, thus, share similar objectives and there is rich potential for cooperation in innovation to complement their substantial trade, innovation and development cooperation.
Building on the work of earlier BILAT actions, ESASTAP PLUS will support the deepening of scientific and technological cooperation with a special focus on innovation. This will achieved by supporting South Africa’s participation in the Framework Programmes, but also reciprocal European participation in South African programmes. Specific input will be provided to enrich the bilateral policy dialogue, notably to identify priority areas for mutually beneficial cooperation. A major focus will be to target coordination of Member States and Associated Countries' research policies and programmes vis-à-vis South Africa, encouraging the development of new joint initiatives implemented by several countries. Synergy between different EU cooperation initiatives will also be encouraged, e.g. between development cooperation and research programmes. All activities will be undertaken to ensure sustainable impact, including ownership of initiatives by stakeholders.
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Coordinator

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Address

N Plastira Str 100
70013 Heraklion

Greece

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 167 619,60

Administrative Contact

Zinovia Papatheodorou (Ms.)

Participants (8)

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DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 310 300

AGENZIA PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA RICERCA EUROPEA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 112 617,50

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 297 748,90

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 180 188

KNOWLEDGE & INNOVATION CONSULTANTS SYMVOULEFTIKI MONOPROSOPI EPE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 87 900,50

VEREIN EURESEARCH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 75 809,50

ACADEMY OF SCIENCE OF SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 70 620

SOUTHERN AFRICAN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 194 205

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 312015

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 October 2015

Funded under:

FP7-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 798 876,63

  • EU contribution

    € 1 497 009

Coordinated by:

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece