WOTRO funds 2 ERAfrica research projects

18 February 2014

The first call for proposals of the ERANET ERAfrica has recently resulted in the awarding of 10.7 million euros to 17 African-European research projects. WOTRO contributes 250,000 euros to two of the projects.

The ERAfrica call was a joint initiative of 15 European and African countries. ERAfrica’s goal is to create new African-EU knowledge partnerships and to fund collaborative activities in three thematic fields: Renewable Energies, New Ideas and Interfacing Challenges. WOTRO is one of the funders of research that falls within the last category.

The two projects that receive funding from WOTRO are:

  • Addressing societal challenges of biotechnology in Africa. Towards balanced Innovation (SOCBIOAfri)

SOCBIOAfri aims to contribute to research on privately and publicly financed biotechnology innovations in Africa, relating these to requirements for elaborating effective policy frameworks for biotechnology in Africa. It also aims to contribute to capacity-building in the analysis of biotechnology and in policy development.

This project is coordinated by Dr Jac. Swart, University of Groningen and also includes researchers from the National Biosafety Authority (Kenya), North West University (South Africa), University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and Ghent University, (Belgium).

  • Increasing innovation potential by European-African cooperation (innXchange)

innXchange is a capacity building project aimed at strengthening entrepreneurial training and encouraging entrepreneurial thinking through the development of partnerships between academic institutions and commercial research organisations from Africa and Europe. Accompanying research will elucidate strategies for the generation of innovation across all participating European and African countries.

The project is coordinated by Prof. Angela Brand, Maastricht University and also includes researchers from the Furtwangen University (Germany), the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and @iLabAfrica (Kenya). 

For more information about the WOTRO-projects, visit the WOTRO-ERAfrica research website. For more information about the other projects that were awarded, please visit the ERAfrica website

Source: NWO