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The National Commission for Science and Technology is a member of the IST-Africa initiative which is a strategic collaboration between IIMC (Ireland) and Ministries and National Councils responsible for Information Society, ICT and/or STI (Science, Technology & Innovation) adoption, policy and research in 18 African Countries.

IST- Africa is supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), and Co-Funded under FP7 (Contract 288691). It is at the moment supporting the Information Society in Africa through:
– International Research Cooperation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
– Knowledge Sharing and Skills Transfer between IST-Africa Partners
– Supporting Implementation of 8th Africa-EU Strategic Partnership (Science, Information Society, Space) including Hosting JEG8 Meetings
All along the framework of funding IST Africa research activities from EU funding has been through FP7 funding which ended in 2014. Replacing the FP7 is the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation which commenced in January 2014 to implement Innovation Union with research and innovation funds of €80 billion from 2014 – 2020.
Support proposed for Research and Innovation under Horizon 2020 includes:
– Strengthening research in Science (budget of €24.5 billion)
– Strengthening Industrial leadership in Innovation (budget of €22.6 billion), including investment in key technologies, access to capital and support for SMEs
– Address Societal challenges (budget of €31 billion) such as climate change, sustainable transport and mobility, affordable renewal energy, food security, ageing population
The IST-Africa Guide to 2014 Calls for Proposals within Horizon 2020 provides an overview of Calls, themes and deadlines within the Marie Curie, eInfrastructures, Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT – Components and Systems, Advanced Computing, Future Internet, Content Technologies and Information Management, Robotics and Key enabling Technologies (Micro-nano-electronics and photonics)) and each of the Societal Challenges (Health, Food Security and Agriculture, Energy, Transport, Environment, Inclusive and Reflective Societies, Secure Societies) Work Programmes.

Please visit the Horizon 2020 section within the Participants portal to download the Proposers Guide and specific templates to prepare proposals for submission under Horizon 2020 calls open in 2014 within specific Marie Curie, eInfrastructures, LEIT and Societal Challenges themes


The IST-Africa Report on ICT and Innovation-related Bilateral & Multilateral Cooperation Initiatives provides an overview of bi-lateral and multi-lateral cooperation with Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda as at January 2016. ISBN No: 978-1-905824-48-9

The IST-Africa Report on Innovation Spaces and Living Labs provides definitions of Innovation Spaces and Living Labs, an overview of operational Innovation Spaces and Living Labs supporting ICT and Innovation related activities in IST-Africa partner countries and an Innovation Landscape map as at January 2016. ISBN No: 978-1-905824-49-6

IST-Africa 2015 Conference Report

Please publish links to each of these reports on your organisation site and send me the link to the page where they are published. We will be asked for this during the final project review with European Commission.

[PDF]IST-Africa Guide 2015 Calls Horizon2020

 [PDF]IST-Africa Guide 2014 Calls Horizon2020



Horizon 2020 – The Framework Programme for Reaserch and Innovation

Horizon 2020 – The EU Framework Programme for Reaserch and Innovation

2014, Lilongwe Riverside Horizon 2020 Workshop Agendat