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This summer, the European Commission launched the first call for proposals under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research entirely dedicated to Africa – a continent still facing serious challenges when it comes to sustaining its development and research initiatives. The call brings together several funding themes under FP7 and up to EUR 63 million will be allocated to support research projects in 2010, aiming to improve health, water and food security in Africa. In addition to the scientific objectives, the projects will take into account broader socio-economic factors, such as migration and resettlement, urbanisation, health care systems, variation of food and energy prices, and so on. Supported activities will involve African partners, with the aim to strengthen Africa's research base.
The European Commission (EC) and the African Union Commission (AUC), representing 53 African States, agreed on an EU-Africa Strategic Partnership during the EU/AU Summit in Lisbon in December 2007. This special call for cooperation with Africa will address some of the science and technology objectives included in the Partnership agreement. The deadline for proposals is 14 January 2010.