A multi-million rand programme to fund research and innovation initiatives in Africa will be launched this week under the Horizon Europe programme.  The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the European Union (EU) will host a virtual event on Friday, 16 July.


The role of research and innovation activities and policies is becoming increasingly urgent in addressing Africa and Europe's shared challenges – the need to promote sustainable growth and employment, the transition to a green economy, digital transformation, mobility, security and good governance and currently, crucially, a pandemic.


Horizon Europe, the successor to the H2020 initiative, is the EU's research and innovation framework programme for 2021-2027.  It has budget of €95,5 billion over the period, making it the most ambitious research and innovation programme in the world.


As a strategic partner, the EU seeks to enhance cooperation with Africa to promote actions targeted at finding locally adapted solutions to challenges that are global in nature, but often hit Africa the hardest.


The Horizon Europe 2021-2022 work programme, which targets actions with key non-EU partners and has a budget of approximately €350 million, includes about 40 topics that are particularly relevant for cooperation with Africa, focusing on public health, innovation and technology, and science capacity, among other areas.


The event will cover ongoing and upcoming calls under the Africa Initiative. Insights from South African scientists who have previously participated in European research and innovation programmes will also be shared.


Ms Riina Kionka, European Union Ambassador to South Africa, and the DSI's Deputy Director-General: International Cooperation and Resources, Daan du Toit, will be among the main speakers. Prof. Shirley Motaung of the Durban University of Technology and Prof. Benedicta Nkeh-Chungag of the Walter Sisulu University will share the results of their research on SARS-CoV-2 infection in HIV-positive patients with or without antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa.


Details of the event:

Date:       Friday, 16 July

Time:      10:00 – 13:00

Zoom link:      Please click on the link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83020238096


Issued by the Department of Science and Innovation.


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