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1 H O R I Z O N o p p o r t u n i t i e s f o r A f r i c a n r e s e a r c h e r s Prepared by: Mamohloding Tlhagale Director: Strategic Partnerships, DST South Africa

2 Presentation context Horizon 2020 Africa s participation in H2020 Why should African researchers consider H2020 European Research Council (ERC) Eureka network and Eurostars programme COST DST support instruments for SA NSI and other African countries

3 Horizon 2020 programme 3

4 What is H2020? The EC programme aimed at building competitive industries, better societies and excellence in science Support projects that will bridge the gap between research and market From with a budget of 80 B Calls for proposals, topics specified (SSH cross cutting), except for training and mobility Excellence-based criteria Collaborative research, consortia with European partners Key: Find what is in call for proposals for you, find best European partners to work with preferably those for whom call was written and those who have successful projects

5 H2020 priorities Excellent science European Research Council (ERC): Frontier research by the best individual teams Future and Emerging Technologies: Collaborative research to open new fields of innovation Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA): Opportunities for training and career development: Research infrastructures(including e-infrastructure: Ensuring access to world-class facilities Industrial leadership Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs): ICT, nanotech, materials, biotech, manufacturing, space: Access to risk finance: Leveraging private finance and venture capital for research and innovation Innovation in SMEs: Fostering all forms of innovation in all types of SMEs Societal challenges Inclusive and reflective societies Science with and for society Spreading excellence and widening participation

6 Research Areas Space Secure, clean and efficient energy Smart, green and integrated transport Secure societies ICT Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies / nanotechnology, materials and production technology Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and bio-economy Euratom (for nuclear energy research, no funding for non-eu countries) Research Infrastructure Health, demographic change and well-being Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials Social Sciences (Innovative, inclusive and reflective societies; and science in societies)

7 ITN IEF IOF IIF CIG IAPP IRSES COFUND MARIE SKLODOWSKA CURIE ACTIONS (MSCA) Action 1 ITN Early-stage Researchers Action 2 IF Experienced Researchers Action 3 RISE Exchange of Staff Action 4 COFUND Innovative Training Networks Support for doctoral and early-stage training European Training Networks, European Industrial Doctorates, European Joint Doctorates Individual Fellowships Support for experienced researchers undertaking international and inter-sector mobility: European Fellowships and Global Fellowships, Dedicated support for career restart and reintegration Research and Innovation Staff Exchange International and inter-sector cooperation through the exchange of staff Co-funding of regional, national and international programme Doctoral and fellowship programmes

8 Opportunities for African researchers User-driven innovation with global value addition Leverage international funding to complement national investment (ROI) Access international experience/expertise build A capacities Join forces with leading teams to address global challenges Strengthening A-EU research, development and innovation partnerships Fighting inequalities through policies influenced by research and development Better integration of evidence on the impact of research and innovation in policy making

9 African participation in H2020 Country Number of project No. of projects with SA South Africa 34 Morocco 12 1 Kenya 11 5 Egypt 10 1 Ghana 8 4 Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda 6 Senegal 1, Tunisia 1, Uganda 2 Burkina Faso and Ethiopia 4 Burkina Faso 3, Ethiopia 1 Tanzania, Nigeria and Cote d Ivoire 3 Cote d Ivoire 1, Nigeria 2, Tanzania 1 Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia Algeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Rwanda, Togo, 2 Botswana 2, Namibia 1, Zambia 1 1 Malawi 1, Burundi 1, Algeria 1 Total EU funding 27.8 million 74 (158 participations) 13

10 European Research Council (ERC) European Research Council (ERC) EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (ERC)

11 European Research Council (ERC) For early-stage and advanced researchers Completely bottom-up no theme Spend some time in your country of origin Starting Grants starters (2-7 years after PhD) consolidators (7-12 years after PhD) up to 2.0 Mio for 5 years Advanced Grants track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years up to 3.5 Mio for 5 years Synergy grants 2 4 Principal Investigators up to 15.0 Mio for 6 years

12 EUREKA

13 WHAT IS EUREKA? An intergovernmental network established in 1985 to promote international, marketoriented research and innovation Market oriented: Research results must be a marketable product, process or service for national use Financed through national and regional public and private funding Bottom-up: no thematic restriction Eligibility Support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), large industry, universities and research institutes performing Product should be commercialised either at the end of the project, or by 2 years post project end date All project should be led by an SME from any of the member countries (including SA) SA + 1 other member country but excluding South Korea and Canada (AM) Individual projects: small, shorter-term projects that will result in a product, process or service with a significant advance in a specific sector. Calls open throughout Cluster project: medium-term, strategically-significant initiatives, develop generic technologies of key importance to participating member countries, calls twice a year normally with 2 cut off dates

14 EUREKA members EUREKA has 41 full members Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia European Union Finland France FYR Macedonia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Monaco Montenegro The Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russian Federation San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Transitional status: Albania Bosnia-Herzegovina Associated countries: South Korea,Canada, and South Africa

15 EUROSTARS

16 EUROSTARS PROGRAMME The first joint EUREKA-EU funding and support programme for R&Dperforming SMEs ( ) Calls launched under H2020 At least two Eurostars participating countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Algeria, Belgium the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Bulgaria) South Africa newest member of Eurostars (March 2016) Consortium leader must be an R&D-performing SME which undertake at least 50% of total R&D activities and cost The consortium must be well-balanced, with no country responsible for more than 75% of project costs Project duration of up to three years Market introduction should be planned within two years of project completion Next call will be in June closing in September 2016

17 DST SUPPORT INSTRUMENTS Awareness-raising & information (SA and other African partner countries) Website, Information sessions and workshops Advisory and technical support National Contact Point (NCP) network, ESASTAP project, helpdesk and trainings Partner-matching service Support to participate in international events and brokerage events Financial support Seed funding (H2020, Eurostars, Eureka) Co-investment funding (Eurostars and Eureka)

18 ESASTAP 2020 A dedicated platform for the enhancement of European-South African Scientific and technological cooperation Co-funded by the EC through H2020, and the DST 4 th phase (ESASTAP, ESASTAP 2, ESASTAP PLUS, ESASTAP 2020) and more partners on board ESASTAP 2020 services Facilitate and promote on RDI cooperation in areas of common interests (mainly through Horizon 2020 but also other programmes). Support the SA-EU S&T policy dialogues (JSTCC, innovation policy dialogue, information society, space, marine research etc) Coordinate EU Member and Associated States activities with South Africa Provision of a cooperation platform and tools to alleviate obstacles for SA-EU partnerships and collaborations.

19 ESASTAP 2020 partners Institution Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) DST Academy of Science for South Africa (ASSAF) National Research Foundation (NRF) Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD) Agenzia per la Promozione Della Ricerca Europea (APRE) German Aerospace Centre: International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (DLR) Research Council Norway (RCN) Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (ZSI) Country Greece SA SA SA SA France Italy Germany Norway Austria

20 COST NETWORK European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) started in the 80s Bottom-up approach to promote early stage researcher Complements the FP Domains Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences (BMBS) Chemistry and Molecular Sciences & Technologies (CMST) Earth System Science & Environmental Management (ESSEM) Food & Agriculture (FA) Forests, their Products and Services (FPS) Individuals, Society, Culture & Health (ISCH) Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) Materials, Physical & Nanosciences (MPNS) Transport & Urban Development (TUD) How do you get involved? Get in touch with the Action Chair Agree on the mutual benefit of your participation The Action Chair starts a formal procedure to get you as participate in the Action

21 For more information and further assistance Helpdesk: More information and funding application templates at: twitter South African National Contact Point contact details at: H2020 calls: EUREKA: EUROSTARS: COST:

22 Presentation Thank you

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