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Horizon 2020—a cheat sheet for Africans

With the first calls of Horizon 2020 only weeks away, we help African researchers get ahead of the competition by tapping the expertise of South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology.

 The European Union pays out millions of euros’ worth of research funding every year. African researchers are eligible for much of it, but in order to successfully apply they need to be prepared. Researchers can do this by reading so-called orientation papers outlining the research priorities the EU wishes to fund. But these are lengthy and often confusing, especially for first-time applicants.

Research Africa asked Tugela Matubatuba, deputy director of strategic partnerships at South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, to explain how to deal with these orientation papers, and to give her opinion about how best to get ready for H2020.

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