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1. FinCEAL+ Rolling Call for Grants
2. Virtual Info Session on 17th March
FinCEAL+ Impact Booklet
4. FinCEAL+ Network Mapping now available
5. Info Session on LEAP-Agri ERA-NET Call
6. New team member


Issue 2/2017


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


1. FinCEAL Plus launches a 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

2. Virtual Info session on FinCEAL Plus Grants and activities
We're organizing an open, virtual Info session for all researchers and other interested stakeholders on Friday 17th March 1pm to 3pm.
Deadline for registration is 15th March. Instructions on how to join the virtual session will be sent to registered participants before the session. Welcome! Register to join here

3. FinCEAL Plus Impact Booklet now published!
What did we accomplish in the last two years? Have a look at how our activities and grants have contributed to building collaboration between researchers in Finland and their peers in Africa, Asia and the LAC region. More information

4. 1st edition of the FinCEAL Plus network database now available
We've gathered together a list of networks, institutions and agencies relevant for STI cooperation with Europe, Africa, Asia and the LAC region. If you are looking for information sources or potential partners in the regions, please have a look! The database is a work in progress that will be periodically updated. Download from our website

5. Info Session on the LEAP-AGRI ERA-NET Call 10th March in Helsinki
UniPID and the Academy of Finland have organized an Info Session for researchers interested in applying for the LEAP-AGRI EU-Africa ERA-NET Call. Register by 8th March. More information

6. New member in the FinCEAL+ team!
We're glad to announce that Ville Tikka has joined the project team as Project Researcher. Ville will be working with us until February 2018. Welcome, Ville!


7. News from FinCEAL+ Grantees

FinCEAL+ Asia event grantee Dr. Merja Itävaara from VTT co-organized and attended "Workshop on Environmental Pollution Problems and Techical Solutions" at Yangon University, Myanmar in December 2016.
The workshop was organized jointly by the University of Yangon, Advancing Life and Regenerating Motherland (ALARM) and VTT. The workshop gathered the academic and industrial partners to talk about the major industrial problems and to find solutions for these.  Read more


8. 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

Call for Expression of Interest - Collaborative Doctoral Partnership
The European Union Joint Research Centre (JRC) is offering a new Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme to higher education institutions to benefit from a strategic, win-win collaboration with the JRC. The call for expression of interests is open until 15th March. More information

Call for Papers 3rd International Conference on  Global Food Security 8-11th October
The event aims to deliver critical analysis and innovative science that address the challenge of global food security. Abstract submission deadline 5th 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

Africa -related

ERA-NET Cofund Pre-announcement
The ERA-NET Cofund LEAP-AGRI is preparing a two-stage call for proposal on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture. The Academy of Finland is a funding partner. More information.

Asia -related

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

Second Call for Proposals published for the EU-China  Co-funding Mechanism for Research and Innovation (CFM)
The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) published a second call for proposals for CFM. The Call covers the areas of agriculture including food, biotechnology, ICT, space, aviation, energy, health, transport, water resources and so on. Deadline 6th March 2017.
More Information


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

9. Events relevant to the FC+ themes and regions

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

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

International Renewable Energy Conference, 11-13 September, Mexico City
Event details

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


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


ASEAN-EU STI Days, 24-25 April, Brussels, Belgium
The 4th ASEAN-EU STI Days bring together researchers, scientists, science policy makers, innovative companies, and other stakeholders from ASEAN and EU countries for a yearly conference on STI and bi-regional cooperation. More Information

Breaking Grounds in Research and Innovation Through Indo-European Partnerships-Final Showcasing Event, 26 April, Brussels, 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


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

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, 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. In 2017, the IdA-EU-LAC Foundation interdisciplinary Conference is organized jointly with of the University of Bordeaux. 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

10. Publications and consultations

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

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:

An exploration of the future Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) and European Union (EU) cooperation in science, technology and innovation
A foresight exercise undertaken for the ALCUE Net Project. 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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