The French National Research Agency (ANR) launches the first call on « Partnerships with the African Higher Education », funded by the French Development Agency (AFD), in the context of the « Bienvenue en France » strategy hold by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and Campus France. This actions aims at long-term partnership projects between one or more French Higher Education institutes and an African Higher Education institute, for graduate, master and PhD courses in some given activity sectors.
To foster the development of strategic sectors for African economies, the main targets are:
In a transversal way, projects should favor the access, the participation and the permanence of women in the selected activity sectors.
The PEA program is limited to the 18 African countries defined as priority from the French government Committee for international cooperation and development (CICID): : Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Comores, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Chad and Togo.
Moreover, those components of institutes, or those institutes which already benefited of subventions from AFD for an amount above 500 000€, or subventions from the World Bank, namely in the framework of the program “African Centers for Excellence (ACE)” are not eligible, as well as all projects focusing on the petrochemical and nuclear industries.
Each project will be coordinated from one side by a higher education institute of one of the African priority countries, and one or more higher education French institutes from the other.
Selected projects will be funded for 4 years, for an amount between 1,5 and 3,5 M€.
Submission and evaluation of proposals will be done in two stages. Pre-proposals and proposals have to be submitted online by the French coordinator via the ANR electronic submission system by following the format and rules described in the call text (available on this webpage, only in French)
Only pre-proposals selected after stage 1 will be allowed to submit a full proposal.
A specific information Annex containing all conditions for contractualization, financing and follow-up of selected projects will be available soon on this webpage.
Moreover, a webinar to help proposers to prepare their pre-proposal will be organized in June 2020: more information on this webpage.
During all the process, the call secretariat (pea(at)anr.fr) is the contact point for all candidates.