Interested in EU Research Funding in Ethiopia? (07/10/2015)

Come along to our information seminar to learn about the opportunities for Ethiopian researchers in the Horizon 2020 programme.

When: October 14 from 09:30 to 12:00

Where: EU Delegation to Ethiopia, opposite Desalegn Hotel, on Cape-Verde Road, Addis Ababa.

The purpose of the event is to inform researchers and research institutions on the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme, opportunities for Ethiopian researchers and conditions for participation. On the same day, the European Commission will publish the next calls for proposals of Horizon 2020 for the years 2016 and 2017.

Places will be limited and security rules require registration. To register and ensure access to the event, please send an email to Mrs Hilina Lakew (

Draft agenda:

09:30 – Welcome by the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Ethiopia

09:45 – Introduction

10:00 – The view of the Ethiopian government with representatives of the Ministry of Science & Technology and from the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology.

10:30 – Presentation of Horizon 2020 programme by the Science Counsellor at the EU Delegation

11:00 – Presentation of previous projects with Ethiopian researchers

11:30 – Questions and discussion

12:00 – Light refreshments and end of event

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is a 7-year research support programme with a budget of €77 billion that is open to the world, signifying that researchers from any part of the world can collaborate with their European counterparts through this programme.

Horizon 2020 began in 2014 and already some 38 projects have been funded that involve African researchers working alongside researchers from Europe and other parts of the world. The main areas of cooperation are Health; Food, Agriculture & Biotechnology; and Environment.

In the previous programme – FP7, which ran from 2007-13 – almost 600 projects involving African researchers were funded, of which 20 included Ethiopian researchers who received total funding of €3.7 million (see project list attached).

Opportunities and conditions are outlined below.


In addition to the general principle of openness, which means that practically all calls are open to African participants collaborating with European researchers, the calls for proposals for 2016 & 2017 contain a number of targeted actions addressing issues specific to certain regions of the world. These include for instance:

  • In Health: a topic on vaccine development for malaria and/or neglected infectious diseases.
  • In Agriculture & Food, three complementary topics are included to support the implementation of the EU-AFRICA Partnership of Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture: 1) EU-Africa Research and Innovation partnership on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture; 2) Promoting food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture in Africa: the role of innovation; 3) Earth observation services for the monitoring of agricultural production in Africa.
  • In Transport: a Euro-African initiative on road safety and traffic management.
  • In Energy, a study on a comprehensive EU approach as regards international cooperation in the energy area – the R&I perspective (including Africa).
  • In infrastructures: policy and international cooperation measures for research infrastructures.

In addition, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) include Individual Fellowships (IF) and Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). Individual Fellowships that offer researchers from anywhere in the world the possibility to spend some time in a European research institution, or for European researchers to spend some time abroad.

All documents related to the calls for proposals, including the work programmes for each part of Horizon 2020, are available in the "Participant Portal" web site (see below).


Potential applicants should be aware of the conditions that apply to most of EU research funding:

- Only projects responding directly to the published calls for proposals can be funded;

- Grants are awarded mainly to collaborative research projects that must involve European researchers who can work with researchers from any other part of the world;

- Applications can only be submitted through the "Participant Portal" web site;

- All projects are peer-reviewed by independent experts as a basis to select the best ones for funding.

These and other issues will be presented during the information seminar at the EU Delegation to Ethiopia, on 14th October 2015 from 09:30 to 12:00. Participants must register to ensure access to the building.