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Coordination and Training Measures
Framework programme: 6
Call: 3
Project number: LSHP-CT-2006-037735
EC contribution: € 1,084,100
Duration: 36 Months
Type: CA
Starting date: August 2006
Graphic element Contact Point Network to Attract Young African Scientists to Participate in EU-Funded PRD Research Projects
Keywords: Contact Point Network, Regional Contact Points, Young African Scientists, Poverty-Related Diseases, research system, European research area, sub-Saharan African countries, Framework Programmes (FP7) and national and international institutions.


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 counterpart.

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.

Expected results:

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.

Potential applications:

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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