The objective of the project is the implementation of a network
of Regional and Local Contact Points (RCPs and LCPs) in sub-Saharan
Africa; to ensure that young African scientists (YAS) are provided
with the necessary information and are encouraged to participate
in EU-funded research programmes on Poverty Related Diseases
(PRD). Each RCP will be responsible for one region and will
set up its activities with the mentoring assistance of its European
The set up of the contact point network (CPN) will attract
young African scientists to PRD research and consolidate the
research system in sub-Saharan countries. Furthermore, it will
support the preparation of activities related to future Framework
Programmes (FP7) in the sub-Saharan African countries and strengthen
the co-ordination and complementarities with activities carried
out by other national and international institutions on PRD.
The field of PRD research has so far been dominated by Western
or well established African scientists. The information on EU-funded
projects in the field of PRD has not sufficiently reached the
younger generation of African scientists.
A further aspect is the fact that HIV infection and AIDS, Malaria
and TB account for over five million deaths, predominantly in
the developing countries. This has a severe impact on the structure
of society and social and economic development in the DCs. Therefore
the research on PRD at a local level should be promoted and
its sustainability secured.
The long-term aim of the project is the creation of a self-sustainable
network of information points in the form of three Regional
and nine Local Contact Points in sub-Saharan Africa. The project
also intends to raise awareness at decision-making levels such
as to ministries of health and economy and to incorporate African
SMEs into the network.
Our activities will strengthen the North-South but especially
the South-South network activities and therefore attract more
young African scientists, especially female ones, to the PRD
research field and make PRD research an attractive career for
young scientists in general.
The project will set up three Regional contact points serving
as multiplier and example. They will give assistance in the
implementation of contact point network and so establish nine Local Contact Points. They will
conduct nine Information Days and three PRD Seminars to disseminate information
on the EU and other funding opportunities as well as to inform on recent
developments in the PRD research field.
By granting 120 fellowships for YAS to attend Talent Days and
PRD seminars and 50 fellowships for RCP and LCP officials to come to European
Partner institutions to gain knowledge of the day-to-day management
of EU-funded projects, the project will reinforce PRD research in Africa.
The e-learning tool will operate as a platform being complemented
by teaching modules, databases, news on EU funds and press-related information.
The RCPs will provide practical support for applicants by making the
connection with European partners and giving help with application
forms, budgeting and any other formal, financial and legal aspect of
EU funding. Furthermore, they will publish a newsletter on a regular basis
for the contact point users and actively support the network of LCPs spin-off
offices. This will allow for input from the African science community into EU programmes.
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