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ACP Innovation Fund

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ACP Innovation fund

The new programme is to improve the capacity of research and innovation stakeholders, policy development and knowledge transfer. The ultimate goal of the programme is to have a structuring effect on the innovation-ecosystems and capabilities of ACP countries. Grants will be awarded to projects advancing solutions in the areas of: digital literacy and emerging technologies, skills development, synergies in the innovation ecosystem, technology transfer, research uptake, local and indigenous knowledge.

International partnership building between European and African innovation hubs

The aim is to foster coordination between actions taken in Africa and the EU to implement the recommendations of the EU-AU task force on digital economy, in particular in the area of research and innovation, through support to, engagement with, and monitoring of ICT-related activities and organisation of events in a critical mass of African countries. 

To reinforce cooperation and strategic partnership with selected countries in Africa to support the strengthening of existing digital innovation hubs (DIHs) in Africa and to facilitate the collaboration between EU and African DIHs in order to strengthen a common EU-Africa innovation and start-up ecosystem

 

Deadline

19 November 2019 - 22 April 2020

 

Type of fund & Amount

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of around EUR 1 million for a duration of three years would allow this area to be addressed appropriately.

 

Eligibility

Proposals should be submitted by a partnership complementing each other with a particular focus on the participation of relevant Member States or associated countries digital Innovation/tech Hubs, as well as African digital Innovation/tech Hubs. Due to the specific challenge of this topic, in addition to the minimum number of participants set out in the General Annexes, proposals shall include at least one participant from a low or middle income country in Africa.

Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the field of higher education 2020

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Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the field of higher education 2020

Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education are transnational cooperation projects, based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions from Programme and eligible Partner Countries. Erasmus+ provides the opportunity for organisations from eligible Partner Countries, mainly higher education institutions (HEIs), to promote cooperation through actions that: -improve the quality of higher education and its alignment with labour market needs, -improve the level of skills in HEIs through new education programmes, -strengthen the capacity of management, governance, and innovation, as well as internationalisation, -build the capacity of national authorities to modernise their own higher education systems, and -foster regional integration and cooperation across different regions of the world.

Deadline
5 November 2019 - 05/02/20

Type of Fund & Amount

The level of grants awarded as well as the duration of projects vary depending on factors such as the type of project and the number of partners involved.

Eligibility

Any public or private body active in the fields of education, training, youth and sport may apply for funding within the Erasmus+ Programme. In addition, groups of young people who are active in youth work, but not necessarily in the context of a youth organisation, may apply for funding for learning mobility of young people and youth workers as well as for Strategic partnerships in the field of youth.

EBN INNOWIDE

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EBN INNOWIDE

INNOWWIDE – Viability assessment of collaborative and INNOvative business solutions in WorldWIDE markets, is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to fund at least 120 European innovative SMEs and start-ups to conduct Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) in markets outside of Europe. INNOWIDE will implement two calls with a total budget of 7,2M€, and is expected to fund 120 VAPs (60.000 €/VAP). The calls will target markets of developing countries, large emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico, etc.) and developed countries. The VAPs will be selected through a competitive selection procedure

Deadline

The first call has already closed. Waiting for the launch of the second call.

Type of Fund & Amount

The INNOWWIDE financial support rate is fixed at 70% of eligible costs with a fixed grant of €60,000 Euros for each assessment project.

Eligibility

For-profit innovative SMEs, including young companies and start-ups, from any sector looking to compete and start business in new and emerging markets around the world. You must be established in an EU Member State or a Horizon 2020 associated country. The project must specify a partner entity (subcontractor) from the VAP focus country or countries

Short-term exchanges of research and business staff - Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) 2020

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Rise

The RISE scheme promotes international and inter-sectoral collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and through sharing of knowledge and ideas from academia to industry (and vice-versa). The purpose is to strengthen existing and build new networks of international and/or inter-sectoral cooperation and foster a shared culture of research and innovation that welcomes and rewards creativity and entrepreneurship and helps to turn creative ideas into innovative products, services or processes. Researchers and innovators from universities, research institutions, enterprises and non-profit organizations from Africa can team up with European partners in the calls for proposals published by the European Commission (EC) under its Research and Innovation programme 'Horizon 2020' (2014-2020).
 

Deadline
6 December, 2019 - April 28, 2020

Type of Fund and Amount

Funding to cover salary for exchanges

Eligibility

Researchers and innovators from universities, research institutions, enterprises and non-profit organizations from Africa can team up with European partners in the calls for proposals published by the European Commission (EC) under its Research and Innovation programme 'Horizon 2020' (2014-2020).

Handbook on European Funding Opportunities for African start-ups & entrepreneurs. Capacity upgrading module 1 developed in the framework of the “Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership”

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Capacity Upgrading handbook

 

 

This booklet has been developed in the framework of the capacity upgrading activities delivered as part of the “Support to EU-Africa Innovation Cooperation” project financed by the European Commission. The project intends to connect the technology and innovation ecosystems in Africa and Europe in order to align disruptive innovation creating better opportunities of growth and scale-up for entrepreneurial ecosystems on both continents.


A number of capacity upgrading sessions are developed as part of the project in light of enhancing the abilities of the African start-up and entrepreneurial eco-system to engage in collaborative activities with their EU counterparts. Capacity upgrading activities are also meant to strengthen the African innovation eco-systems on the basis of mutual exchange and learning with European counterparts. The first training module specifically looks at the landscape of EU funding opportunities specifically designed to support the strengthening of African incubators/accelerators, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Evaluation of the EU Support to Research and Innovation for Development in Partner Countries (2007-2013)

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Evaluation of EU support to research and innovation

 

 

This evaluation examined the support the European Commission’s DG for Development and International Cooperation (DEVCO) provided to Research and Innovation (R&I) in partner countries during the last EU budget period (2007-2013). During these years DEVCO did not have an explicit policy document to support R&I and yet the study identified programmes worth over EUR 1 billion that included some aspect of R&I work. The evaluation looked at four specific sectors and found that within these sectors there was considerable interest in R&I and that such elements were often included in support programmes under each one.

Africa Investment Facility

 

Africa Investment Facility Resource Innovation Partnership

The Africa Investment Facility (AfIF), set-up in 2015, is the newest of the EU’s regional blending facilities. The blending facilities are innovative financial instruments that use EU development grants to leverage additional funding from European and regional development financial institutions and the private sector. They help implement key infrastructure and private sector support projects that are critical to sustainable development in partner countries worldwide.

AfIF, which is funded mainly from different programmes under the European Development Fund (EDF), but also under the EU's Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI), provides various kinds of grant funding for development projects:

Practical exercise #3: Find the relevant partners for your project

Capacity building workshop European Funding startupsTo be able to apply to a European program, your project must be organised and carried out with partners.  Once you have identified a certain number of potentially interesting partners, it is useful to have various exchanges by telephone to introduce your organisation and present your project in order to help you find the most receptive partners.

Throughout these early exchanges, you will want to gather as much information as possible: size of organisation, contact person who would be appointed project manager, technical expertise, motivation of your contact, etc...

To help you to make your final choice, create a partner profile for each organisation contacted. In a second step, you will forward your project outline to the most interested potential partners and the most strategic for your organisation, whilst explaining the role of coordinator and partner.

LEAR appointment letter

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Lear appointment letter

Validation LEAR appointment form:

This document will be automatically generated by the Participant Register once all the information required for the LEAR appointment will have been filled in. You should print it on the organisation’s letter headed paper, have it signed by the legal representative and the LEAR and then upload it in the Participant

 

 

Periodic Report Template (RIA, IA, CS, SMEinstrument, MSCA)

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H2020 Periodic report template

Project Reporting template: 

This document is aimed at informing potential applicants for Horizon 2020 funding. It serves only as an example. The actual Web forms and templates, provided in the online reporting system under the Participant Portal, might differ from this example. Periodic and final reports must be prepared and submitted via the online reporting system under the Participant Portal.
 

Periodic Report Template

 

Business Incubation Management Training Program (infoDev)

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Business Incubation management  training

Toolkit for Business Incubators in developing countries and training materials consisting of the following modules: 

  1. Business Incubation Definitions and Principles 
  2. Planning an Incubator
  3. Marketing and Stakeholder Management
  4. Financing an Incubator
  5. Managing the Incubator
  6. Monitoring, Evaluation and Benchmarking
  7. Implementing a Mentoring Program
  8. Deals and Financing for the Incubator Clients 
  9. Technology Commercialization Through Incubation
  10. Setting up Virtual Services
  11. Agribusiness Incubation