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Energising Scientific Endeavour through Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa

Objective

In African Communities of Practice (CoPs), international collaboration and the pursuit of scientific endeavour has faced a major barrier with the lack of access to e-Infrastructures and high performance network infrastructure enjoyed by European counterparts. With AfricaConnect, the proposed AfricaConnect2 and regional developments, this situation is changing rapidly. In the project Teaming-up for exploiting e-Infrastructures' potential to boost RTDI in Africa (eI4Africa) it has been demonstrated clearly that it is possible to develop e-Infrastructures in Africa. It has also been demonstrated clearly that, as with the rest of the world, easy to use web portals, or Science Gateways, are needed to help CoPs to easily access e-Infrastructure facilities and through these collaborate with CoPs across the world. However, a major problem exists: it is very difficult for non-experts to develop Science Gateways and supporting e-Infrastructures. Elements of guides and supporting materials exist but these are either written for different audiences or out of date. This present Coordination and Support Action, called Energising Scientific Endeavour through Science Gateways and e-Infrastructures in Africa (Sci-GaIA), therefore proposes to bring together these materials into clearly structured guides and educational documents that can be used to train and support representatives of NRENs, CoPs and, importantly, Universities to develop Science Gateways and other e-Infrastructures services in Africa. Sci-GaIA plans to work with new and emerging CoPs to develop these exciting technologies, to strengthen e-Infrastructure service provision, especially in terms of open access linked data, and to deliver training and dissemination workshops. This will give a sustainable foundation on which African e-Infrastructures can be developed and be linked to scientific networks across Africa. Importantly, the results of our project will be usable by CoPs in Europe and the rest of the world.

Call for proposal

H2020-INFRASUPP-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-INFRASUPP-2014-2

Coordinator

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
Net EU contribution
€ 274 250,00
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
United Kingdom

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Region
London Outer London — West and North West Harrow and Hillingdon
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

SIGMA ORIONIS SA

Participation ended

France
Net EU contribution
€ 117 812,50
Address
Route Des Dolines 1240 Buropolis Sophia Antipolis
06560 Valbonne

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Alpes-Maritimes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE UBUNTUNET ALLIANCE FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORKING
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 92 500,00
Address
Singel 468 D
1017 AW Amsterdam

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CATANIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 249 312,50
Address
Piazza Universita 2
95131 Catania

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Region
Isole Sicilia Catania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICAN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORK
Ghana
Net EU contribution
€ 96 875,00
Address
African Universities House, 11 Aviation Road Extension
5744 Accra

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Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 176 875,00
Address
Brinellvagen 8
100 44 Stockholm

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Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
DAR ES SALAAM INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Tanzania
Net EU contribution
€ 89 000,00
Address
Bibi Titi Mohammed Street And Morongoro Road Junction
Dar Es Salaam

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 134 375,00
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm

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Region
Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
South Africa
Net EU contribution
€ 108 125,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00