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European - South Africa science and technology advancement programme

Objective

ESASTAP (European-South African Science and Technology Advancement Programme) is based on the Science and Technology (S&T) agreement signed between South Africa (SA) and the European Union (EU) in 1996 and seeks 1) to promote SA and EU cooperation at t he bilateral and multilateral level, 2) advance S&T development within SA and beyond at Southern African Development Community (SADC) and New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) levels, 3) enhance the "internationalising" of the European Resea rch Area (ERA) through contributing to the international dimen-sion requirements for integrating and strengthening the ERA and 4) deriving benefit for the people of the participating countries through identifying and addressing S&T priorities that pro vide opportunities for increased economic growth, and improved quality of life. ESASTAP is coordinated by SA's Department of Science and Technology and is aligned with their strategy for S&T in SA. ESASTAP's long-term aim, and the criteria on which the project will be judged, is to increase S&T cooperation and priorities determination between SA, the EU and its member states; enhance the awareness of S&T capability in SA and of EU member states; promote SA's knowledge and participation of the Fr amework Programmes (FPs) and other cooperation mechanisms, and increase the participation of SA and SADC/NEPAD S&T organisations in the FPs. The tools intended to address these goals include workshops, conferences, dialogue with NCPs (National Contact Points) and IGLOs (Informal Group of Liaison Officers) and focussed presentations with deliverables in a variety of media such as pamphlets, a website (including partnering and funding databases) and electronic and print material highlighting SA's S& T expertise. ESASTAP will seek mechanisms to facilitate greater EU-SA/SADC/NEPAD collaboration, and to provide a greater input into future FPs and proposals for sustainability and growth of the SA and EU S&T communities.

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Coordinator

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

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Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria
Pretoria

South Africa

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DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

South Africa

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 518102

  • Start date

    1 November 2005

  • End date

    31 October 2007

Funded under:

FP6-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 748 853

  • EU contribution

    € 338 325

Coordinated by:

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

South Africa