First calls targeting Africa published on the Funding and Tender portal

The European Commission has published first, targeted, calls for proposals for collaboration with African researchers. There are 9 calls, of which 4 (four) are open for submission, while 5 (five) are forthcoming. The total budget planned for these activities is estimated at 90 million EUR for 3 coordination and support actions (CSA), 5 research and innovation actions (RIA), and one innovation action (IA).

Following is the list of these calls with brief information on it. However, for the full information on the calls please consult either Funding and Tenders portal by clicking the title of the call or relevant Work programme from the Reference section at the Funding and Tenders portal.


 Building EU-Africa partnerships on sustainable raw materials value chains (CSA) (HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-05) 

Radical improvement of road safety in low and medium income countries in Africa (HORIZON-CL5-2021-D6-01-11)

  • 8 million EUR, Open 24.6.21. Close 19.10.21., RIA, 2 projects to be funded
  • Building upon the work and activities already undertaken at EU level in this area, including the Safer Africa project and in line with the recommendations of the Road Safety Cluster of the African-EU Transport Task Force adopted in 2020, R&I is needed to create a strong analytical base and to develop and assess, with local partners, the implementation of small scale system pilots and its various components, at city, regional, national and continent level. Actions should contain the sharing of knowledge and best practice, data analysis, infrastructure for effectively reducing road deaths in Africa.
  • https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/horizon-cl5-2021-d6-01-11

Innovative approaches to enhance poverty-related diseases research in sub-Saharan Africa (HORIZON-HLTH-2021-DISEASE-04-03)

  • 40 million EUR, Open 22.6.21. Close 21.9.21., RIA, 5 projects to be funded
  • The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) has established itself as the focal point of cooperation in clinical research on infectious disease between the EU and sub-Saharan Africa. To continue these investments after the last calls of the EDCTP2 programme, there is a need to further support research on the major infectious disease threats facing sub-Saharan Africa. Despite large-scale investments in product development for poverty-related infectious diseases (PRDs), progress in achieving public health gain is slow, while sub-Saharan Africa bears the highest burden of these diseases. There is a need to support product development and to encourage the use of new, innovative approaches and emerging technologies in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve rapid progress and impact. The COVID-19 pandemic is generating novel knowledge that could also advance prevention, treatment or diagnosis of PRDs in this part of the world.
  • https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/horizon-hlth-2021-disease-04-03

Strengthen the bilateral cooperation on research infrastructures with Africa: improving the knowledge base on climate change in Africa (HORIZON-INFRA-2021-DEV-01-02)

  • 1.5 million EUR, Open 22.6.21. Close 23.9.21., CSA, 1 project to be funded
  • This topic aims at fostering EU-Africa cooperation to enhance climate (including Green House Gas and Short Lived Climate Forcers – GHG and SLCF) observation capacity across Africa. Proposals should build on existing cooperation activities between African and European countries and take into account the outcomes of previous and ongoing initiatives. The potential contribution to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) should be taken into account
  • https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/horizon-infra-2021-dev-01-02

Innowwide Bridging Facility (HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-ERA-01-31)

Demonstration of innovative plug-and play solutions for system management and renewables storage in off-grid applications (HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01-05)

  • 10 million EUR, Open 14.10.21. Close 22.4.22., IA, 1 project to be funded
  • Demonstration of innovative plug and play solutions for system management and renewables storage in off-grid applications, which allow for increase of renewable penetration for electricity and heating/cooling and are deployable under different climatic conditions, while also addressing cost-effectiveness, energy poverty and security of supply and by promoting prosumer renewable energy in off-grid cities and communities (including on geographic islands). This topic requires the effective contribution of SSH disciplines and the involvement of SSH experts, institutions as well as the inclusion of relevant SSH expertise, in order to produce meaningful and significant effects enhancing the societal impact of the related research activities.
  • https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/horizon-cl5-2022-d3-01-05

AU-EU Energy System Modelling (HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-02-02)

AU-EU Water Energy Food Nexus (HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-03-01)

  • 5 million EUR, Open 2.9.21. Close 23.2.22., RIA, 2 project to be funded
  • The topic is contributing to the activities of the AU-EU High Level Policy Dialog (HLPD) Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (CCSE) partnership. The needs for African countries of having their own dedicated models to simulate and estimate the stresses on the water-energy nexus are crucial for their policy decision and energy planning. International agreement and trade issues can be considered in the model. The proposal should then develop and test models for decision makers and planners to implement energy infrastructures and energy supply in Africa which safeguard a systemic approach to the water-energy food nexus.
  • https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/horizon-cl5-2021-d3-03-01

AU-EU Combatting all forms of malnutrition (HORIZON-CL6-2022-FARM2FORK-01-13)

  • 11 million EUR, Open 28.10.21. Close 15.2.21., RIA, 1 project to be funded
  • In line with the European Green Deal priorities and the farm to fork strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system, as well as with the EU`s climate objectives for 2030 and 2050, the EU’s “Comprehensive Strategy with Africa” calls for the EU to “partner with Africa to maximise the benefits of the green transition and minimise threats to the environment”. This research and innovation action (RIA) will build on the international dimension of the farm to fork strategy. It relates to evidence presented by the EAT Lancet report and the 2020 Global Nutrition Report. It contributes to the agenda and follow-up of the 2021 UN World Food Systems Summit. A successful proposal will develop and test approaches to innovations that improve nutrition through a deeper understanding of the unmet nutritional needs, aspirations, behaviours and preferences of consumers who remain underserved by markets and face limited access to affordable nutritious foods.
  • https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/horizon-cl6-2022-farm2fork-01-13

Source: Funding and Tenders portal