CAAST-Net Plus, a network for the Coordination and Advancement of sub-Saharan Africa-European Union (EU) Science & Technology Cooperation is set to kick-start it’s work in 2013. CAAST-Net Plus is funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), the main research funding instrument of the EU.
CAAST-Net Plus aims to encourage more and better bi-regional cooperation for enhanced outcomes around topics of mutual interest, and particularly in relation to the global societal challenges of climate change, food security, and health.
- Informing the bi-regional policy dialogue for mutual learning and awareness;
- Building support for coordinated and innovative approaches to bilateral funding of bi-regional cooperation around global challenges;
- Brokering the public-private relationship to foster improved uptake and translation of bi-regional research partnership outputs into innovative technologies, goods, and services; and
- Dedicated mechanisms to encourage bi-regional research partnerships.