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1. FinCEAL+ Rolling Call for Grants
2. Targeted Grants
for European Latin American Technology Based Business Network events
3. LEAP-Agri Call for Proposals
4. FC+ Indonesia - Finland Research Seminar was a success!

5. EC Innovation Centres Survey
6. Other Funding Opportunities  and Call for Papers

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

Issue 4/2017


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+ LAC Targeted Travel Grants for European Latin American Technology Based Business Network events in Buenos Aires and Lima
FinCEAL Plus has opened a Targeted Travel Grant Call to support the participation of experts from Finnish universities or research institutions interested in attending events organized by the ELAN - European Latin American Technology Based Business Network.  More information

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 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. FC+ Indonesia - Finland Seminar: Opportunities and Challenges in Research Collaboration was a success!
Indonesia-Finland research seminar was held at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Helsinki on April 4th 2017. The seminar was co-organized with the Embassy and the University of Helsinki. The seminar gathered 45 participants including researchers, research funding organizations and government representatives and other stakeholders from Finland and Indonesia. Read more

5. EC Innovation Centres Survey

The European Union is funding the projects CEBRABIC, ERICENA and NearUS which are to establish European Research and Innovation Centres in Brazil, China and the United States respectively. These Centres will provide a comprehensive and diverse range of services to support and facilitate collaboration in the areas of research, innovation and business for their customers – including European research and technology organisations, universities, national and regional funding organizations, national and regional authorities, research infrastructures and networks, SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs.
The aim of this survey is to gain a better understanding of the needs of prospective European customers and ecosystem stakeholders when collaborating or partnering with research, innovation and entrepreneurial support organisations from Brazil, China and/or the US. This will facilitate the Centres to offer an efficient set of tailor-made services. Please answer the survey here and feel free to disseminate it within your networks.

6. Other Funding Opportunities  and Call for Papers

All regions

Call for applications: Falling Walls Lab Turku 24 May  –Application Deadline extended until 7 May
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 May 7th.

EU Call for Proposals on Women and Sustainable Energy deadline 17 May
More information

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 9-14 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)

7. Events relevant to the FC+ themes and regions

European Development Days, 7-8 June, Brussels, Belgium
More information

University - Industry Conference, 7-9 June, Dublin, Ireland
More information

Futures of a Complex World conference 12-13 June, Turku.
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

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

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

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 

Horizon2020 SC2 Infoweek including high-level policy events, 14-17 November, Brussels, Belgium
Info Week on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’. The usual SC2 Info Day on the new SC2 Work Programme for 2018-2020 and a related brokerage day will be complemented by two high level dissemination and policy events and a bioeconomy village highlighting SC2 projects and initiatives. More information


South Africa Innovation Summit, 6-8 September, Cape Town
The SA Innovation Summit is a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing South African innovation. The Summit offers numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs, innovators, thought-leaders, policymakers, inventors and investors to drive innovation in South Africa and inspire sustained economic growth. More information

Africa-EU Summit, 28-29 November, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
The central theme for the Summit will be 'Youth', which has become a key priority for Europe as well as Africa, in a context of African demographic trends creating major challenges for young people in terms of migration, security and employment. More information


ASEM Symposium on Inter-Regional Partnership for Sustainable Development, 25-26 May, Bangkok, Thailand
The Syposium has the following objectives: to promote sharing of experiences, best practices and expertise among ASEM Partners with regard to policy, practices and method for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and to provide a platform for networking and forging partnership among ASEM Partners for future collaboration in the implementation of the SDGs through various approaches. More information

8th Annual International Conference on ICT: Big Data, Cloud and Security (ICT-BDCS 2017), 21-22 August, Singapore 
The conference serves as a platform for industry professionals, academics, researchers, scientists, consultants and policy makers to interact and discuss various issues in big data, cloud computing and IT security. The conference seeks submissions from academia, government, and industry presenting novel research on all practical and theoretical aspects in the field of cloud computing, big data and IT security. It provides a key forum for researchers and industry practitioners to exchange information regarding advancements in the state of art and practice of these fields in today’s ubiquitous and virtual environment. More information

Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES 2017), 24-26 October, Singapore
Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES) is Asia’s leading event focusing on clean energy technology, policy and finance supported by leading government agencies, research institutes and industry in Singapore. ACES provide a common platform for regional thought leaders in both the public and private sector to collaborate on critical issues and opportunities in harnessing clean energy for the future. More information


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

8. 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

New global report on food crisis offers benchmark for action needed to avoid future disasters 
Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people in the world were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a new global report on food crises released in Brussels on 31 March 2017. Read more


Developing a future EU-Africa Research & Innovation Partnership on climate change and energy
In view of the Africa-EU Summit 2017, the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation is focusing its work on developing a R&I Partnership in a second priority area: climate change and sustainable energy. More information


Interactive visualization of ASEAN-EU co-publications
The SEA-EU-NET analysis team has analyzed ASEAN research output in terms of publications and patents. Co-publication data can now be explored in an interactive way in your browser. More information

Policy Brief: In depth analysis of the outcomes of collaboration within the framework of FP7 and bilateral programmes. Qualitative outcomes assessment study.
India and the EU have been important R&I partners since 2001 and the collaboration is significant, both at EU level and at bilateral level in the field of STI. The study adopts a qualitative approach, and monitors the outcomes of the cooperation between both regions.  More information

Fact sheet: Europe and India Innovation landscapes. Policies, Framework and Programmes
This report draws its anlysis from a variety of sources. The research team first conducted a review of official sources, in particular European Commission communications, directives and reports and documents from the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology and other public Indian actors.  More information

ASEM Conference on Innovative Education & Human Resource Building for Sustainable Development, 29-31 March, Hue, Vietnam - Final Summary Report
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)
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Eva Kagiri
FinCEAL+ Africa
UniPID - University of Jyväskylä
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Jarkko Mutanen
FinCEAL+ Asia
UniPID - University of Eastern Finland
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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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