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FCT and Aga Khan Development Network launch 2nd call for joint projects

The FCT in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has launched the 2nd Call for the funding of joint scientific research and technological development projects, which runs until 30 September 2019. The call is conducted under the Protocol for Scientific and Technological Cooperation established between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education (MCTES) and Ismaili Imamat.

This 2nd call for proposals provides a budget of 2.5 million euros and each project can be funded up to 250,000 euros. In 2017, in the 1st call of this partnership, 16 projects were selected for funding, in a total joint FCT-AKDN investment of 4.6 million euros.

Portuguese, African and AKDN scientific and academic institutions can apply for this second call for proposals to establish new initiatives and collaborations, with the aim of creating and developing research capacities in African countries. It is also intended to encourage and strengthen scientific, technical, human and social skills and capacities aimed at improving the quality of life in Africa.

The proposed projects should be on emerging themes in the context of Quality of Life, including food security and biodiversity, early childhood, habitat, sustainable energy systems and urban development, poverty alleviation, and resettlement of migrants, civil society and pluralism. The proposals should encourage multidisciplinary collaboration and ensure sufficient resources and duration to allow the capacitation and knowledge strengthening in Portugal and Africa in these areas.