Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa

Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa (RINEA) received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme over a period of three years and will support the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue (HLPD) on science, technology and innovation (STI).

In response to the challenges of the call for proposals for a joint EU‐Africa coordination and support project in the field of research and innovation, and addressing the STI priorities of the 2014 Summit, RINEA proposes three specific, measurable and complementary objectives, each addressing a core component of the bi‐regional STI partnership which when achieved contributes to the overall goal of reinforcing and enriching the Africa‐EU partnership in STI.

The consortium encompasses 13 partners from those six European and seven African countries which also actively participate in the HLPD‐bureau, the implementing office for the HLPD, thereby allowing for a direct translation of political discussions on the HLPD level into measures to be developed and implemented by the RINEA consortium upon request by the HLPD. It is planned to work in complementary ways with related projects, such as CAAST-Net Plus and ProIntensAfrica.

More information can be found on the RINEA website.

Funder: European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme

Project award: EUR 1,900,000

Project coordinatorDLR Project Management Agency (part of the German Aerospace Centre)

Project partners: Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (DGRSDT), Algeria; Ministère de la Recherche Scientifique et de l’Innovation (MRSI), Burkina Faso; Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique (MESRS), Burundi; University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France; Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), Greece; Ministry of Education (MOE), Namibia; Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal; South African Department of Science and Technology (DST); The Association of Commonwealth Universities, United Kingdom; African Union Commission: African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI), Ethiopia; National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Nigeria