Ethiopia: African Union Commission launches 2016 edition of AU Research Grants

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -  The African Union Commission on Wednesday launched Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme with an open call for proposals for Research and Innovation in Africa supported by the European Union.

"This call for proposal supports Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy-2024 which addresses the aspirations identified under Agenda 2063 and Priority 3 on human development of the EU-Africa partnership," the Commission said.

It explained that the call supports research on: Food & Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) with particular attention on Sustainable Intensification.

The African Union Research Grant (AURG) is one of the programmes initiated within the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (DHRST) to support a Pan African research and development through grants and direct funding.

According to the Commission, the programme provides the needed opportunity to use science and technology as a tool for sustainable development, building and strengthening Africa’s science and technology capacities.

Through the support of the EU, the Commission secured 17.5 million euro under the EU Pan-African Programme to launch 2 calls for research proposals in Africa in 2016 and 2017.

Guidelines for applicants, application form and other supporting documents can be downloaded from the AUC web site: http://au.int/en/AURG. The deadline for submission of proposals is 17 August 2016.
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