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1. FinCEAL+ Rolling Call for Grants
2. Targeted Grants for events in Education, Renewable Energy and Earth Observation
3. LEAP-Agri Call for Proposals
4. Seminar on Indonesia-Finland Research Collaboration
5. International policy for Finnish higher education and research

6. News from FinCEAL+ Grantees
7. Other Funding Opportunities  and Call for Papers

8. Events relevant to the FC+ themes and regions
9. Publications and consultations

Issue 3/2017


Developing Finnish Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation between Europe, Africa, Asia and the LAC region


1. FinCEAL Plus Rolling Call for Grants under the new Partnership Support Instrument
Through this Call, researchers can apply anytime for any of the following: Travel Grants, Event Grants, Project Preparatory Grants and also the new Research Visit Grants. The planned activity must be related to cooperation with African, Asian or LAC partners, in any of the FinCEAL+ regional thematic areas. Read more here.

2. FinCEAL Plus Targeted Grants for Various Events in Education, Renewable Energy and Earth Observation
FinCEAL Plus Africa has opened 3 travel grants to attend various events related to Education, Energy and Earth Observation in line with the project's themes on ICT, Renewable Energy and Space. More info available at the UniPID website.

3. LEAP-Agri announces a joint call for research on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture
This call invites consortia composed of at least four research organisations and/or private and public practitioners from four of the LEAP-Agri partner countries to submit project proposals for research and innovation in the countries concerned with an added value for the EU-AU partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA). More information can be found here. If you're interested, be sure to also apply for a FinCEAL Plus Project Preparatory Grant!

4. FinCEAL Plus is co-organizing Indonesia-Finland Research Seminar: Opportunities and Challenges in Research Collaboration, at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Helsinki on 4th of April
The high level seminar will be co-organized with the University of Helsinki and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Helsinki. The seminar is targeted for principal investigators, researchers, PhD students, international staff and policy makers from Finnish institutions, and Government representatives and other stakeholders in Finland focused on Indonesia. The seminar topics cover all FinCEAL Plus Asia regional themes and related research policy issues. Read more here.

5. New strategy proposal: International policy for Finnish higher education and research
A steering group at the Ministry of Education and Culture has prepared a new international higher education and research policy. Read more

6. News from FinCEAL+ Grantees

Future-oriented education and societally relevant skills for sustainable energy in Lesotho
Joni Karjalainen from the Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku received a FinCEAL Plus Target Travel Grant to visit Lesotho for a Stakeholder Meeting on Research and Capacity Building Cooperation between selected Southern African and European Institutions. Read more here.

7. Other Funding Opportunities  and Call for Papers

All regions

PoDoCo matchmaking program for companies and post-docs, spring application round 1 March - 13 April
PoDoCo is a programme for postdocs who have recently completed or will soon complete their doctorate degree and are interested in a career in industry. More information

UN Data for Climate Action Challenge
UN Global Pulse invites data scientists, researchers, and innovators to dive into the treasure trove of information, and help address one of the biggest challenges facing us today — climate change. Submission deadline is April 10th. More information

Call for applications: Falling Walls Lab Turku 24th May 2017 – "Share your breakthrough, win a scholarship, and travel to Berlin"
Falling Walls Labs foster discussion on research and innovation and take place globally throughout the year. The Turku Lab is hosted by the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, and organized by the Aboagora – Between Arts and Sciences Symposium. The call for applications is open until April 26th.

Call for Papers: 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security 3-6 December, Cape Town, South Africa
The event aims to deliver critical analysis and innovative science that address the challenge of global food security. Abstract submission deadline 31 May. More information

ESOF Call for Papers 9-14th July 2018
The next EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) will be held in Toulouse from 9 to 14 July 2018. The call for papers is now open until 2nd June. More information


ERICENA - European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China

ERICENA will reinforce the leadership of Europe in research and innovation (R&I) by promoting European Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Interests in China and connecting and supporting European researchers and entrepreneurs in the Chinese market.
More Information soon


CEBRABIC - New Centre for Europe-Brazil Business and Innovation Cooperation

CEBRABIC aims at enhancing the cooperation in research, technology and entrepreneurship between the EU member states and Brazil. CEBRABIC will be a Centre working on a network basis. Its headquarters and representation offices will be located in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. More information or contact Dr. Ronald Orth, (for Europe); Dr. Markus Will, (for Brazil)

INCOBRA - A new project to increase international STI cooperation between Brazil and the EU
The overall objective of INCOBRA is to focus, increase and enhance Research & Innovation (R&I) Cooperation Activities between Brazil (BR) and European Union (EU) R&I actors, so that both regions get the best value out of mutual cooperation. More information

8. Events relevant to the FC+ themes and regions

The 3rd edition of the Innofrugal Conference 24-25 April, Helsinki
More information

Futures of a Complex World conference 12-13 June, Turku.
Note that early on-line registration fee is available until March 31.
More information

Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2017, 13-14 June, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
More information

Conference "Research & Innovation – shaping our future", 3 July, Brussels, Belgium
More information

2nd International Conference on Energy, Environment and Climate Change (ICEECC) 2017, 5-7 July, Mauritius
More information

International Renewable Energy Conference, 11-14 September, Mexico City
Event details

UN Climate Change Conference COP23, 6-17 November, Bonn, Germany
Event details

ICT Proposers' Day 2017, 9-10 November, Budapest, Hungary
This networking event centres on European ICT Research and Innovation with a special focus on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-20. More information 


Africa Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE) Days, 5-8 May, Hammamet, Tunisia
More Information

37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, 8-12 May, South Africa
The ISRSE will convene in Tshwane (Pretoria), under the theme, 'Earth Observation for Development and Adaptation to a Changing World'. More Information

Research and policy dialogue: Africa's Urban Future, 12 May, Helsinki, Finland
The meeting brings together policy makers, researchers, Africa specialists, local authority representatives, civil society and the private sector to raise attention to rapidly urbanising African continent, its challenges and possibilities, and to explore Nordic collaboration and engagement with Africa’s urbanisation. The conference is in form of four workshops and two key note speeches. More information


ASEAN-EU STI Days, 24-25 April, Brussels, Belgium

Breaking Grounds in Research and Innovation Through Indo-European Partnerships-Final Showcasing Event, 26 April, Ghent, Belgium
The event will present final results of the projects Indigo Policy & Inno Indigo (2013-2017). Furthermore, the conference will include discussions with a panel of high profile European and Indian experts in the field of STI. More Information and Registration

SEA-EU-NET Closing Event: 27 April, Brussels, Belgium
The SEA-EU-NET closing event aims to provide an overview on the activities and results of the project and tries to assess the impact of it. It will also show selected project activities that will continue in the future. The event will include a round table discussion on the future of S&T relations between Southeast Asia and Europe. More Information


ELAN Networking event in Nano/Biotechnology, ICTs and Renewable/Alternative Energies: Innovation as key to generating successful technology business based opportunities, 7-9 April, San José, Costa Rica
The event is targeting companies, mainly SMEs, entrepreneurs, technological development centers, government entities and business associations and clusters from Europe and Latin America. More information

FAUBAI Conference 2017: New Trends on Internationalization of HE - Social Engagement and Innovation, 8-12 April, Porto Alegre, Brazil
More information

Finpro: Pacific Alliance Seminar: Lift your business on a new level with Pacific Alliance, 19 April, Helsinki
The business seminar is organized by the Embassies of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, in collaboration with Finpro, the Finnish-Latin American Trade Association and Enterprise Europe Network.  The seminar will address questions such as what is the Pacific Alliance, the economic forecast for the region, as well as business and investment opportunities. Registration

Conference IdA-EU-LAC Foundation 2017: The Caribbean in the strategic partnership EU-CELAC, 1 June, Paris, France
The EU-LAC Foundation and the Institute of the Americas (IdA) organize jointly with of the University of Bordeaux, with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the European Commission, a conference to increase the knowledge and visibility of the bi-regional partnership. It will be an event with high visibility that will bring together researchers, decision makers and representatives of international organizations and private sector to exchange their respective points of view on the position of the Caribbean as partner of the EU and Latin America. More information

The Nordic Latin American Research Network (NOLAN) Conference, 15-17 June, Gothenburg, Sweden
The 9th NOLAN Conference is hosted by the School of Global Studies at the Campus Linné, University of Gothenburg. The theme is 'Latin American Challenges in the 21st Century: Societies in Motion' (Desafíos latinoamericanos en el siglo XXI: Sociedades en movimiento). More information

UrbanTec Brasil – Smart Solutions for Better Cities Conference, 27-29 September, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“UrbanTec Brasil – Smart Solutions for Better Cities” is an international, practice oriented conference about the best planning strategies, management and funding models for smart, sustainable urban development. More information

Brazilian Bioenergy Science and Technology Conference, 17-19 October, Campos do Jordao, Brazil
BBEST is an international conference on Bioenergy. Within the broad field of bioeconomy the 2017 edition of the BBEST will be covering topics related to how bioenergy emerges as a possible leverage for paving the global future, the novel synergy scenarios and the many opportunities ahead. More information

9. Publications and consultations

Policy Brief as Guiding Document for Research and Technology Organisations to Engage in the Process of Internationalisation
Internationalisation enables Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) to access new knowledge and high level partners. This report builds both on insights from the academic literature and practical experiences of RTOs. The main empirical input for report stems from a joint workshop organised by the JRC and EARTO on 21 June 2016.  More information


PRIMA Joint Programming Document
The Commission has presented a proposal for a 'Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area' to develop much-needed novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production. More information


Analysis of patenting activity in ASEAN
SEA-EU-NET II project has published their SEA-EU-NET study on ASEAN patent application output and international cooperation linkages. More information

Dragon-Star Plus STI Activities Map Search/Database between EU and China
DRAGON-STAR Plus launched its STI Activities Map highlighting best practice examples of outstanding bilateral STI activities between European and Chinese STI Actors.  More information

OECD Economic Surveys: China 2017
DThe Chinese economy will remain the major driver of global growth for the foreseeable future. Fostering innovation and moving to more efficient and less energy-intensive production is key to raising productivity and sustainable growth.  More information


National Contact Point Network in the LAC region
Looking for Horizon2020 funding with partners from Latin America or the Caribbean? The NCP's in the region can provide valuable information and guidance for LAC applicants. Read more

JRC Technical Reports: Innovation and Regional Specialisation in Latin America
The Smart Specialisation concept, currently implemented in the European Union, is being widely considered by several countries and regions of Latin-America. The interest towards this approach, highly based on the enhancement of regional innovation capacities, is motivating territorial dialogues, participatory processes and collective vision related to the innovation perspectives of Latin-American regions. This article highlights how policy makers of Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Argentina are considering the smart specialisation concept as an inspirational driver of regional innovation and specialisation. Link to publication (pdf)

Partner search: The Italian Trade Commission in Argentina is interested in partnering with Finnish institutions to develop joint biomass projects for Horizon2020 or Erasmus+
The Trade Commission has strong contacts to Chambers of Commerce and Industrial Associations and Federations both in Argentina and in Italy, and has previous experience of European-funded projects. For more information, contact Pablo Fernández:
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Eva Kagiri
FinCEAL+ Africa
UniPID - University of Jyväskylä
Tel: + 358 40 805 4716
Jarkko Mutanen
FinCEAL+ Asia
UniPID - University of Eastern Finland
Tel: +358 50 463 7775
Kajsa Ekroos
FinCEAL+ Latin America and the Caribbean
UniPID - University of Helsinki
Tel: +358 50 448 6185

Ville Tikka
Project Researcher

UniPID - University of Jyväskylä
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