Ongoing initiatives and others to be developed
FCT – AKDN Projects
The cooperation program between FCT and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), in progress since 2017, results from the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education and Imamat Ismaili, in 2016, which aims to fund research projects to be developed among scientific institutions, whose results have a real impact on the quality of life of the populations targeted.
The first call for proposals was launched in 2017 and 16 projects were selected to be funded, with a total joint FCT-AKDN investment of 4.6 million euros.
The second call for joint projects will run until September 2020. Applications may be submitted by Portuguese, African and AKDN scientific and academic institutions, with the purpose of establishing new initiatives and collaborations, in order to help building 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 projects proposed should be on emerging issues in the context of Quality of Life, including, among others: food security and biodiversity, childhood development, education and assessment policies, habitat, sustainable energy systems and urban development, poverty reduction, resettlement of migrants, civil society and pluralism. The proposals should encourage multidisciplinary collaboration and ensure sufficient resources and duration to enable capacity building and knowledge enhancement in Portugal and Africa in these areas.
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