Knowledge for Development

S&T Organisations / Web resources


The Global Knowledge Initiative

http://globalknowledgeinitiative.org/initiatives/innovation-on-food-security-challenges.html The Global Knowledge Initiative seeks to be the broker and matchmaker that forges the links needed to bridge knowledge gaps. It is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, it is open to all academic institutions, established businesses, entrepreneurs and governmental and non-governmental organisations that share its mission. The initiative is currently launching its flagship programmes. Through a seed funding grant from the Lounsbery Foundation, it is piloting efforts to ignite and sustain knowledge partnerships. Its initial roll-out covers Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Middle East North Africa Region, and East Africa.   

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National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR)

http://www.north-south.unibe.ch/content.php/page/id/248   The NCCR North-South is an innovative research programme in the fields of global change and sustainable development. Headquartered in Switzerland and encompassing a network of over 350 researchers active in more than 40 countries worldwide, it is dedicated to finding sustainable, practicable solutions to specific challenges of global change. Central to all NCCR North-South activities is a commitment to partnership between institutions and individuals in the northern and southern hemispheres. Research is collaboratively conducted with a special emphasis on the needs of developing and transition countries, since they are arguably under the most pressure due to accelerated global processes of environmental, economic, and socio-political change.  

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EU Horizon 2020

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020   Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It targets taking ideas from the lab to the market. By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on science quality, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces effective science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.  

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International Council for Science (ICSU)

http://www.icsu.org/what-we-do/@@category_search?path=/icsu/what-we-do&Subject:list=International%20Research%20Collaboration   The ICSU works with strategic partners to plan and coordinate international research programmes that address major issues of relevance to both science and society. To this end, a number of Interdisciplinary Bodies have been created, addressing various themes, including: global environmental change; hazards and disasters; ecosystem change; oceans; space research; and solar-terrestrial physics.  ICSU is also involved in a number of external activities as a representative for the scientific community (e.g. UN Commission on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012). The website gives links to interdisciplinary bodies, committees, and projects and activities.  

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The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research: Building Effective & Sustainable Partnerships

http://www.ccghr.ca/resources/partnerships-and-networking/effective-and-sustainable-partnerships/   A list of resources has been compiled to help other individuals and organisations working in global research (some health-specific but many more general) to work towards effective and sustainable partnerships.  This includes discussion and analysis, guidelines, models and tools, and partnerships in practice. These include: North-South Research Partnerships: Challenges, Responses and Trends”, Partnership Assessment Tool and Highlighting the impacts of North-South research collaboration among Canadian and Southern higher education partners”.    

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European Science Foundation: Research Networking Programmes

http://www.esf.org/coordinating-research/research-networking-programmes.html   The European Science Foundation manages instruments, ranging from 5-year programmes involving potentially hundreds of researchers, to 3-day events that explore innovative ideas and future perspectives (Exploratory Workshops). Activities aim to break the barriers of international borders for the benefit of European science as a whole. Research Networking Programmes lay the foundation for nationally funded research groups to address major scientific and research infrastructure issues, in order to advance the frontiers of existing science.  These long-term programmes, involving an open call and an international peer review process, must deal with high-quality science and demonstrate the added value of being carried out at the European level.   

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International Foundation for Science

http://www.ifs.se/   IFS contributes towards strengthening the capacity of developing countries to conduct relevant and high-quality research on the sustainable management of biological and water resources. This involves the study of physical, chemical, and biological processes, as well as relevant social and economic aspects, important in the conservation, production, and renewable utilisation of the natural resources base. IFS identifies, through a careful selection process, promising young scientists from developing countries with potential to become future lead scientists and science leaders.  IFS acts in collaboration with Affiliated Organisations and other national, regional, and international institutions utilising the complementary strengths of such partnerships.   

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Worldwide Universities Network

https://www.wun.ac.uk/research   Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) creates new, multilateral opportunities for international collaboration in research and graduate education. It is a flexible, dynamic organisation that uses the combined resources and intellectual power of its membership to achieve collective international objectives and to stretch international ambitions. WUN helps new research groups get established by providing resources, contacts and advice. By helping to share talent across the different WUN members, the organisation encourages new research growth that will help address future challenges.   

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Network of Centres of Excellence

http://www.unctad.org/noce   Developing countries need to enhance scientific networking and access new and emerging technologies. In response to this, UN Conference on Trade & Development, in collaboration with the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), launched in 2005 the "Network of Centres of Excellence". This project selects outstanding scientific and technological institutions in the developing world, using them as regional hubs of learning and training for developing country scientists and engineers. The Network organises long- and short-term training courses scientists from developing countries, especially from Africa, seeking to create links within the scientific community and strengthen the mobility of scientists. The training courses focus on new and emerging technologies, such as biotechnologies and ICTs.   

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The Global Innovation Initiative

http://global-innovation-initiative.org/   The Global Innovation Initiative (GII) was created to support multilateral research collaboration to address global challenges. It is a higher education partnership grant opportunity established between the USA and the UK aimed at strengthening multilateral research collaborations between universities in the USA, UK, and other selected countries. It awards grants to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen institutional international partnerships.  A key aim is to encourage international collaborations that develop capacity across a range of universities in the USA, the UK, and other countries.   

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