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LEAP-Agri Call Launch: African European Collaborative Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture for Food and Nutrition Security

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The LEAP-agri partners are pleased to announce the launch of the LEAP-Agri joint call for pre-proposals entitled: African European Collaborative Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture for Food and Nutrition Security. This joint transnational research and innovation call is co-funded by the following partnering African and European countries: from Africa: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda, and from Europe: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey and 1 international organisation, i.e.  CIHEAM-Bari based in Italy.

Who can apply?

Only applicants from participating countries can submit a proposal. However, it is important to join a research project as Associated Partner provided no funding is requested from the project budget. As general rules, a LEAP-Agri application must:

–          be submitted by a consortium of at least four eligible applicants from four different countries, two European and two African;

–          be implemented over a duration of 36 months;

–          Have a total budget between € 300 000 and € 1.5 million;

–          may include different types of applicants (academic, public, private) in accordance with national eligibility;

–          must be carried out by a balanced consortium, but distribution of funding over countries may be uneven; and

–          Must take into consideration equality and diversity dimension issues, especially gender and youth.

From the South African side only working researchers residing in South Africa and affiliated with a recognised South African higher education or research institution such as a university, university of technology or science council are eligible to apply. The South African applicant (i.e. the main Principle Investigator) must be in possession of a PhD.

All applicants will apply and access additional information (including the NRF eligibility criteria, the call guideline, and the frequently asked questions document) through the pt. outline accessed through the LEAP-Agri website: www.leap-agri.com/. Therefore, the NRF Online Submission System will not be opened for the LEAP-Agri applications.

Key dates:

Call opens: 15 March 2017

Call closes: 15 June 2017