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1. FinCEAL+ Infobank competition is now open
2. Call for experts: New Solutions for Education and Health -seminar in Beijing, China
3. Targeted Travel Grants for ICT Proposer's Day
in Hungary and Energy Technology event in Chile
4. Call for papers on renewable energy research and innovation

5. FinCEAL+ Rolling Call for Grants

6. News from FinCEAL+ Grantees
7. The NCPs present: H2020 info day
8. Other Funding Opportunities
9. Events relevant to the FC+ themes and regions
10. Publications and consultations

Issue 7/2017


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


1. FinCEAL Plus INFOBANK competition 2017 is open!
Interested in showcasing your research in the FinCEAL Plus Infobank and getting a chance to win a 1500€ travel grant? Register your project to the Infobank! The competition is open until Monday, October 30th 2017. Click here to add a project to the Infobank and here for more information on the competition.

2. Call for experts: New Solutions for Education and Health - seminar in Beijing, China on 9th October
UniPID / FinCEAL Plus and China - Finland Strategic ICT Alliance are organizing a high-level, bi-regional research seminar focusing on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation in Health and Education in Beijing, China 9th October 2017. The seminar is supported by Team Finland, Ministry of Education and Culture, Embassy of Finland in China, as well as other relevant entities from China and Finland.
We are now inviting experts from Finnish universities and research institutions to express their interest in joining the Finnish expert delegation to the event. The deadline is 31 August. More information.

3. FinCEAL+ Targeted Travel Grant Calls:  
  • ICT Proposer’s Day 2017, Budapest, Hungary
    FinCEAL Plus has opened a Targeted Travel Grant Call to support the participation of experts from Finnish universities or research institutions interested in attending the ICT Proposer’s Day 2017 in Budapest, Hungary, on November 9-10. Deadline for applications is 15th September. More information
  • Technologies and Business Models for the Energy Challenges of the 21st Century, Santiago de Chile, 23-24 October
    FinCEAL Plus has opened a Targeted Travel Grant Call to support the participation of 1-2 experts from Finnish universities or research institutions interested in attending the event organized by the ELAN - European Latin American Technology Based Business Network. Deadline for applications is 8th September. More information.
4. FinCEAL Plus Africa invites energy researchers to submit papers for the 2nd Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research and Innovation Symposium (RERIS) 2018
The event takes place on 23-26 January 2018 and will be held at the National University of Lesotho on occasion of NULISTICE 2018. FC+ Africa will open a call for targeted travel grants to support the participation of successful submissions. The submission deadline is 10 September 2017. All submissions must be made online on the symposium website.
More information on the event.

5. 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. More information.

6. News from FinCEAL Plus Grantees

A team from the Department of Biology, University of Turku, organized a research collaboration workshop and a course on spatial statistics for environmental data analysis at the University of Cusco, Peru, in June 2017, with the support of  FinCEAL Plus Event and Travel Grants. The workshop  served to connect people associated with the UTU team's ongoing research projects in Peru, introduced new research methods for local teachers and students and helped build links with local institutions, both in academic and NGO sectors. On the same trip, the team also carried out fieldwork in the Andean-Amazonian cloud forests at a biological station of the Amazon Conservation Association. Read more about the teams' experiences in Peru.

7. The NCPs present: H2020 info day, Tekes, Ruoholahti, Helsinki, 2 October

The Horizon 2020 Infoday will take place 2 October 2017 in Helsinki. It is dedicated to the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls. During the event, the NCPs will present the Work Programme and decode the call texts for you, going through every detail and even the small print. The aim is to provide a clear picture of what is coming up, what the call texts mean and what the applicants should focus on. Please find the programme from the registration page and sign in now.
And don’t forget the Horizon 2020 information and networking day on 3 October 2017 in Helsinki! (In Finnish)

8. Other Funding Opportunities 

All regions

Submit your COST Action proposal
COST Actions are a networking instrument for researchers, engineers and scholars to cooperate and coordinate nationally funded research activities. COST does not fund research itself. COST invites participants to submit proposals for COST Actions contributing to the scientific, technological, economic, cultural or societal knowledge advancement and development of Europe. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. Deadline is 7 September 2017, 12:00 noon (CET). More information


Pre-call announcement: EqUIP call for EU-India collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections

The EU-India Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities (EqUIP) call aims to bring together a number of social science and humanities funders in India and Europe to support excellent and innovative research on sustainability, equity, well-being and cultural connections. The emphasis of the research will be on Indian and European dimensions, in both contemporary and historical contexts. Call opens in early September. 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 or contact Dr. Sara Medina, SPI-
Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação,


National Agency of Research and Innovation of Uruguay (ANII): Scholarships for foreign scientists' teaching visits to Uruguay

This scholarship programme offers up to 80% financing for foreign scientists to visit Uruguay for the delivery of courses within the framework of a graduate program. Deadline for applicatios is 31st October. More information

9. Events relevant to the FC+ themes and regions



Webinar: Developmental evaluation of BEAM-programme, 28 August
The results of the mid-term evaluation of the Business with Impact (BEAM) – programme will be presented in a webinar 28 August from 10am to 11:30am Helsinki time. The BEAM Programme is set to assist Finnish enterprises in addressing global development challenges by converting such challenges into successful and sustainable business. Register here.

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

Harnessing Research and Innovation for FOOD 2030: A Science Policy Dialogue, 16 October, Brussels, Belgium
Event details

Social Innovation - Research and Policy of the Future: towards a comprehensive innovation policy, 24-25 October, Brussels, Belgium
More information

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

Vaccines R&D summit 2017, 20-22 November, Valencia, Spain
Event details


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


Sino-Finnish Joint Learning Innovation Institute (JoLII) Conference - Global Challenges in Education, 28 August, Helsinki
The conference will focus on global challenges of education and how China and Finland can work together for finding solutions for burning issues in education in both countries and globally. More information

2017 China-Europe Water Platform (CEWP), Annual High-Level Dialogue Conference and Business Event, 21-22 September, Turku
The conference consists of three parts: During the high-level part of the conference, the ministers are invited to discuss the future development of the CEWP towards a strategic partnership between China and EU to promote water security and green development in China, EU and beyond. Business Event will enhance information exchange and business sector cooperation in water sector between China and EU.  Purpose of the Research and Innovation (R&I) Event is to create value and new opportunities in water sector by bringing to­gether R&I from China and Europe.  More information

15th World Medical Nanotechnology Congress, 18-19 October, Osaka, Japan
Theme: Advances of Nanomedicine in diagnosis theranostics
The Medical Nanotechnology conference will highlight key topics in Nanotechnology, biotechnology and their applications in various areas of health care. The conference will highlight assembly, characterization and scale up of various types of Nanoparticles. More information.

EdTechXAsia 2017, 31 October - 1 November, Singapore
EdTechXAsia is a thought leadership platform created to drive conversations and solutions that are transforming the education and lifelong learning needs of Asia in the 21st century. Themed 21st Century Education and 21st Century Skills, the 2017 EdTechXAsia event will be programmed in collaboration with an international advisory panel to attract a unique community of worldwide education makers and shakers at the forefront of industry, innovation and investment. Read more here.

IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things, 05-08 February 2018, 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.
Paper Submission Deadline: September 8, 2017


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

III EU-CELAC Academic and Knowledge Summit, 5-6 October, San Salvador, El Salvador
The III Academic and Knowledge Summit is presented as the platform to advance in the building of the Euro-Latin American and Caribbean Common Space of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation; deepening the dialogue within the academic world; and the integration and incorporation of other actors and initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship. 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

EU-CELAC Summit, 26-27 October, San Salvador, El Salvador
33 states - forming the Community of Latin America and Caribbean - meet the EU-28 at the level of Heads of State or government. They discuss issues such as trade and development and common challenges such as fight against crime and climate change.

INCOBRA BROKERAGE EVENT: Living Innovation in an Evolving World, 31 October to 1 November, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The Brazilian edition of the INCOBRA brokerage event will be organized in the framework of the 16th ANPEI Innovation Conference. The Conference attracts every year more than 1400 Brazilian participants from 15 different cities, offering a privileged forum for connecting representatives of companies, government agencies and STI organizations. The target audience is companies, startups, researchers, government agencies, development institutions, consultants, investors and other professionals working with technology and innovation.
More information on the event.
Travel Voucher call for European innovation actors open until 20th September.

CIECTI International Seminar: Natural resources and development: Challenges for Science, Technology and Innovation in the XXI Century, 6-7 November, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Seminar will address ongoing discussions on development in the current, changing and uncertain global context. International experiences on the role of natural resources will be analyzed, based on knowledge derived from Science, Technology and Innovation, value aggregation, best practices in key regulatory frameworks, as well as trends and long-term scenarios. More information (currently only in Spanish)

II Meeting of Nordic Stakeholders: Relaunching the cooperation between Nordic-Latin American and Caribbean Countries, 13-14 November, Stockholm, Sweden
The European Institute of International Studies is organizing the second edition of the Nordic - Latin American meeting to exchange experiences in policies and best practices in the areas of higher education, science, technology and innovation cooperation between the regions. Invitation
Preliminary Programme

The role of ICTs in the productive development agenda of Colombia, 14-15 November, Bogota, Colombia
The event will be a space for articulating opportunities for collaborative work based on innovation and oriented to the generation of technology-based business opportunities between Colombian and European companies. The event is targeting companies, universities, research centres, public authorities, clusters etc. More information.

10. Publications and consultations

Report from U.N STI Forum
The official summary of the Forum is available in all six UN languages:
English Arabic Chinese French Russian Spanish

EDCTP2 Work Plan 2017
The work plan describes activities under the second EDCTP programme in 2017. It provides information on EDCTP-managed calls for proposals, including the challenge, scope and expected impact, as well as supporting information about eligibility requirements and other specific conditions for applying. It also contains an overview of the Participating States' Initiated Activities (PSIAs), i.e. activities funded and implemented directly by one or more EDCTP Participating States. More information.

European Commission launches Knowledge Centre to provide scientific evidence on bioeconomy
The European Commission has launched the new Bioeconomy Knowledge Centre to better support EU and national policy makers and stakeholders with science-based evidence in this field. The platform will not primarily generate knowledge, but will collect, structure and make accessible knowledge from a wide range of scientific disciplines and sources. More information on the launch (in English) or here in Finnish.
Knowledge Centre website

A renewed agenda for higher education in the EU
Effective education and training systems are a foundation of fair, open and democratic societies and of sustained growth and employment. Without HEIs and systems that are effective in education, research and innovation and are connected to their societies, Europe cannot respond to current challenges. This renewed agenda for higher education aims to ensure the EU’s initiatives to support higher education modernisation are focused on issues that matter, while also helping to prepare for the next EU funding period. More information

OPEN TO THE WORLD: Research & innovation across borders
This booklet looks at six areas in which international projects under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) and Horizon 2020 funding programmes have found innovative solutions to societal challenges, including those relating to health and the environment. Full pdf available.

Horizon 2020 Interim Evaluation Results published
The interim evaluation aims to contribute to improving the implementation of Horizon 2020 in its last Work Programme 2018-2020, to provide the evidence-base for the report of the High Level Group on maximizing the impact of EU Research and Innovation programmes and to inform the design of future Framework Programmes. Read more

Finland´s preliminary views on the next EU Framework Programme
This position paper presents preliminary views on some guiding principles and general aspects of the EU's 9th Framework Programme for research and innovation, based on a national consultation process among representatives from various interest groups and other stakeholders in addition to authorities. The paper is available both in Finnish and in English here.

OECD recommends: More integrated approach needed in research and innovation development

The OECD has published a review of research and innovation policy in Finland, The OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Finland 2017. More information, including the full report in English and a Finnish translation can be found here.

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


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


Report highlights opportunities and priorities for future Europe-India research collaboration
A new report published by EqUIP provides a collation and reflection on the EqUIP projects’ activities to enhance the Europe-India research collaboration in the social sciences and humanities, as the support from the European Commission through the FP7 coordination and support action comes to a close. Report available here.

Online questionnaire on China-Europe water cooperation
The H2020 project PIANO ´Policies, Innovation and Networks for enhancing Opportunities for China-Europe water cooperation’ is aiming to create a strategic cooperation partnership for water research and innovation between Europe and China, promoting the creation of networks of companies (including SMEs), entrepreneurs, not for profit organizations, policy makers, regulators and funding bodies to create business and social opportunities for China Europe Water Cooperation. More information


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