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1. FC+ LAC Targeted Travel Grants
2. FC+ Africa Targeted Travel Grant Call

3. FC+ Rolling Call for Grants
4. Joint call: ICT Platform for Learning & Inclusion

5. Relevant Horizon 2020 calls for FC+ regions
. Other Funding Opportunities and Call for Papers
7. Events relevant to the FC+ themes and regions
8. Publications and consultations

Issue 1/2018


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


1. FinCEAL+ LAC Targeted Travel Grants
FinCEAL+ LAC is offering Targeted Travel Grants for experts based in Finnish institutions to participate in the following events (Please note that the deadline for applications is 2 February!):
  • FAUBAI 2018: Internationalization and Research: Challenges and Strategies, 14-18 April, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    One of the most important events on internalization of higher education in South America organized by the Brazilian Association for International Education.
  • CILAC 2018: Open Science Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean, 22-24 October 2018, Panama City
    The Open Forum for Science in Latin America and the Caribean is a dynamic and inclusive multistakeholder space for debating, planning, and monitoring the role that  Science, Technology, and Innovation play for sustainable development in the LAC region. The key themes for the 2018 Forum are: Sustainable Cities, Resilience and reconciliation and Bioeconomy.
More information on the events and grants

2. FinCEAL+ Africa Targeted Travel Grant Call: Nairobi Innovation Week 2018, 5-9 March
FinCEAL+ Africa is offering Targeted Travel Grants for interested participants to attend the Nairobi Innovation Week 2018. Finland is actively involved at the Innovation Week with multiple events (more info on our website). The call is directed to experts based in Finnish institutions, including those who have already registered or had planned to attend. Deadline for applications is February 7th 2018, and decisions are made the following week. More information and instructions can be found here.

FinCEAL+ Grants still available - apply now!
Researchers can apply anytime for any of the following: Travel Grants, Event Grants, Project Preparatory Grants and 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. We encourage interested researchers to apply for grants as soon as possible, as the Call will most likely be closed by summer 2018.  More information

4. EU-CELAC Joint call: ICT Platform for Learning and Inclusion
- FinCEAL+ Project Preparatory Funding available for the proposal writing phase

The Academy of Finland will participate in a joint call launched by the EU-CELAC platform in cooperation with ERANet-LAC, specifically in the call’s topic ICT Platform for Learning and Inclusion. The Academy’s Research Council for Culture and Society will provide funding to Finnish researchers who will participate in the projects to be funded. More information on the Aka website. For more detailed information, please check the call. The deadline for applications is 8th March, 2017.

FinCEAL+ Project Preparatory Funding can be applied to support the preparation of the application. Please apply for Prep. Funding by 31st January 2018 at the latest! More information on the Preparatory funding here.


5. Relevant Horizon2020 calls for FinCEAL Plus regions

Over the next 3 years, the Commission will seek greater impact of its research funding by focusing on fewer, but critical topics such as migration, security, climate, clean energy and digital economy.

The Horizon 2020 Work Programme (WP) for 2018-2020 has been adopted and new 2018-2019 calls are now available on the Participant Portal. FinCEAL Plus has gathered a selection of relevant calls by region below. Remember to also apply for a Project Preparatory Grant if you are planning on submitting a proposal!

A list of relevant calls for the region can be found as a Google sheet here.

A list of relevant calls for the region can be found as a Google sheet here.
More information on China-specific calls, including a listing of all flagship initiatives and priority areas for EU-China S&T cooperation, can be found here.

A list of relevant calls for the region can be found as a Google sheet here. For more information, see also the Roadmap for EU-CELAC S&T cooperation.

6. Other Funding Opportunities and Call for Papers

All regions - Funding

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Calls in 2018
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) contribute to excellent research, boosting jobs, growth and investment by equipping researchers with the new knowledge, skills and international and intersectoral exposure to fill the top positions of tomorrow and solve current and future societal challenges. The MSCA thrive by being open to all domains of research and innovation, chosen freely by the applicants in a fully bottom-up manner. They are based on the principle of mobility, and researchers can receive funding on the condition that they move from one country to another to acquire new knowledge and develop their research career. More information
TEKES Funding Call For Projects With Commercial Potential: New business from research ideas
Funding is intended for research groups and researchers in research organizations, who want to build a new business based on their research. There are two calls for applications each year, one in the spring and another in the autumn.  More information

The 2018 call for EIT CLIMATE innovation activity and education grants is now open.  The deadline for the call is 2 March 2018. Details on the call and application instructions are available on the EIT Climate website.

All regions - Calls

Calls for access: JRC opens its laboratories to wider scientific community
From December 2017, researchers will be able to use JRC research facilities located in Ispra (Italy), and thereafter in Geel (Belgium), Karlsruhe (Germany) and Petten (Netherlands), thus helping to maximise the benefits of these world-class infrastructures and laboratories. The calls for access to the first three laboratories are available on the dedicated portal.

Call for submissions: May Day May Day - Tackling complex sustainability challenges by co-creating disruptive innovations, 18 May, Espoo, Finland
Mayday Mayday is the Inaugural Event of Aalto Sustainability Hub, which aims to advance sustainable development through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, teaching and impact. The day brings together science, technology, arts, business and many other voices.  Call for submissions deadline 11 February 2018. More information on the new hub.

Call for submissions: European Development Days, 5-6 June, Brussels, Belgium
Organised by the European Commission, the EDD bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. This years theme is "Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest". More information

Call for papers: 17th Nordic conference on development economics, 11-12 June, Helsinki, Finland
Interested applicants wishing to present their original research should complete the online application form. Submissions from early-career and female researchers are particularly encouraged. The deadline for paper/extended abstract submissions is 18 March 2018. More information.

Call for papers: 4th Annual Conference of the World-Ecology Research Network: Extractivisms, social movements and ontological formations, 15-18 August, Helsinki
Abstracts submission deadline is 1st February 2018. More information

Call for papers: Towards Zero Hunger – Partnerships for impact, 30-31 August, Wageningen, The Netherlands
The conference centres around 2 goals: end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture (SDG2) and create partnerships (SDG17). Deadline for submissions is 15th March 2018. More information


Call for Proposals: 11th Annual International Southern African - Nordic Centre (SANORD) 2018 Conference, 15-17 August, Jyväskylä, Finland
SANORD invites proposals of 150-200 words for paper presentations, panels, workshops and special interest groups (SIG) under the theme Academic Citizenship: Recognition, Resilience or Resistance? Proposals should be submitted electronically through the submissions page. Deadline for submissions is 18th February. For further information, please visit SANORD 2018 website or email

Call for Papers: 16th GLOBELICS International Conference, 24-26 October, Accra, Ghana
This year's theme is 'Innovation, Economic Growth and Sustainable Development: Strengthening Institutions for Greater Relevance, Effectiveness and Inclusivity.' Deadline for submission of papers is 1st April. More information

Call for Nominations: The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) 2018 Prizes
EDCTP prizes recognise outstanding individuals and research teams from Africa and Europe who have made significant contributions to health research. Deadline for submissions is 28th February. More information

Opportunity for Finnish-South Africa,Tunisia, Egypt Cooperation on Water under the ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks
Focus in 2018 will be on 'Closing the Water Cycle Gap - Improving Sustainable Water Resources Management'. More information on application process and deadlines here.

2nd Call for concept notes for sustainable bioinnovations for smallholder farmers and communities in Eastern Africa
BioInnovate Africa Programme is pleased to announce approximately US$ 3.5 million grant funding over three years (2018–2020) to support scientists, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in eastern Africa to link innovative biobased research ideas and technologies to business and the market. More information


New H2020 co-funding mechanism call published by MOST-China
The call targets China-based partners in projects submitted under Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016/2017 in the areas of agriculture (including food), biotechnologies, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), space, aviation, energy, health, transport, water resources, energy conservation and emission reduction, advanced manufacturing, new materials, and sustainable urbanisation. Deadline for submission of proposals is 9 February.


Call for Papers: 8th Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Social Sciences (CLACSO), 19-23 November, Buenos Aires, Argentina
#CLACSO2018 will offer settings of direct intervention for registered participants as well as lecturers (open panel discussions), special panel discussions with international guests, keynote dialogues and conferences with outstanding figures from political, academic, and social fields who are known for their contribution to the construction of a more democratic, sustainable, and free world. Submission deadline is 12th April. More information

7. Events relevant to the FC+ themes and regions



2nd Global Bioeconomy Summit, 19-20 April, Berlin, Germany
The German Government (Federal Ministry for Education and Research, BMBF) has provided funding and support to the German Bioeconomy Council to organize a second Global Bioeconomy Summit in April 2018. An International Advisory Council will shape the agenda and outcome of the Summit. More information

World Eco­logy 2018: 4th An­nual Con­fer­ence of the World-Eco­logy Research Net­work, 15-18 Au­gust, Helsinki, Fin­land
The World-Ecology Research Network is a global community of scholars, activists, and artists committed to developing emancipatory knowledges for the 21st century. More information


PAUWES Research-2-Practice Forum - Linking research and development to achieve African Union Agenda 2063, 16-18 April, Tlemcen, Algeria
The Research-2-Practice Forum aims to provide a platform for experts/scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, civil society actors and more to discuss state of the art, challenges and innovative solutions in the areas of renewable energy, water and climate security and build strategic partnerships. Read more here


ENRICH in China Webinar: How to Manage IPR in China, 5 February
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required prior to the event.  Register here.

IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, 5-8 February, Singapore
The 2018 IEEE 4th World Forum on The Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2018) brings the latest from the research and academic community. It includes a broad program of papers and presentations on the latest technology developments and innovations in the many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications. More information

20th World Congress on Nutrition & Food Sciences, 14-16 May, Tokyo, Japan
The Conference bring the food technologists, food professors, young researchers, students, companies, industries under a single roof at the conference. The Food Tech 2018 is a remarkable event in the field of Food Science and Nutrition. More information

ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week, 6-9 June, Bangkok, Thailand
The 14th South East Asia's Renewable Energy Technology Exhibition and Conference focuses on the latest Renewable Energy programs, trends and development. More information


FIESA 2018: International Conference on Higher Education in Argentina, 27 February - 3 March, Mendoza, Argentina
Argentina will hold its first International Conference on Higher Education in 2018. This event will bring together experts of Internationalization of Higher Education from all over the world to carry out workshops, trainings, and seminars in an environment conducive to networking and developing strategic links for international cooperation. More information here (website) and here (brochure).

Education and University for Social Transformation: Balance and Challenges 100 Years after the Cordoba Reform, May 21-23, Ecuador
The National University of Education of Ecuador convenes the III International Congress of Education, which will aim at reflecting on the current moment of higher education and university in the continent. More information

XXXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), 23-26 May, Barcelona, Spain
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, engaged in the study of Latin America. The topic of the XXXVI International Congress will be Latin American studies in a globalized world. More information

8. Publications and consultations

With this questionnaire UNIFI would like to outline the most important research priorities for the Finnish universities needing EU-level funding post-2020 and their potential contribution to EU level R&I missions. UNIFI urges you to take part in this consultation as it is a direct contribute to the debate on which kind of research and innovation missions should be introduced in FP9 and as well as an opportunity to make your research area visible in Brussels. In addition several mini-seminars (or one bigger) will be held in Brussels during spring. In this questionnaire, you have also the unique opportunity to suggest the best representatives with the most inspiring ideas from your university to showcase their grand ideas in events to be held in Brussels. The deadline for the questionnaire is Wednesday 31st January.  Access the questionnaire here. For more information, contact

Public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market
The European Commission has launched a series of public consultations clustered by key policy areas, in preparation for the EU's next long-term budget post-2020 (MFF). Your feedback is essential. You can contribute to this particular public consultation by filling in the online questionnaire (until 8 March 2018). More information

European Council: "From the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 towards the ninth Framework Programme"
More information


Science for the AU-EU Partnership - Building knowledge for sustainable development
This report and its accompanying interactive online service ‘Africa StoryMaps’ present the key findings from European Commission’s Joint Research Centre's (JRC) collaboration with organisations and institutions across Africa over the past three decades. The report focuses on the African dimension of the partnership. More information

Final Declaration of the 5th African Union (AU) - European Union (EU) Summit
At the AU-EU Summit in Cote d'Ivoire on 29th-30th November 2017, leaders from Africa and Europe committed to 4 strategic priorities. High on the list was cooperation on Investing in People - Education, Science, Technology and Skills development. The full declaration.


New Guide for EU stakeholders on Chinese national STI funding programmes
The Guide provides an overview of the current status and opportunities provided by newly-reformed Chinese national funding programmes for science, technology and innovation. Full report available here.

Global Opportunities – EU-China Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation
Organised by Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI), together with Haidian Science Park, China Science and Technology Exchange Centre (CSTEC) and Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE), the event took place on January 17th 2018 in Beijing, China. More information and presentations available here.

China 2030 Research and Innovation Landscape
This report presents the outcome of a cooperative foresight work that took place simultaneously in EU and China, aiming to produce scenarios for the Chinese innovation environment in 2030, drawing special focus in the cooperation potential between EU and China. Download the report here.


2017 Roadmap for EU-CELAC S&T cooperation
Current priorities for scientific and technological cooperation between Europe and the LAC region, including listing of relevant H2020 funding calls, published by the EC. Read more
Contact us
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
Tel: +358 40 805 4179


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