LEAP-Agri is a partnership between 24 funding organisations from nine African countries (i.e. Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda), nine European countries (i.e. Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Nederland, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Turkey) and an international organization (i.e. CIHEAM-IAMB based in Italy). This partnership operates under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, and its EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation, which includes the implementation of the jointly funded EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership focusing on food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (endorsed by the EU-Africa Summit 2014).
The LEAP-Agri partnership, as an ERA-NET co-fund financed by institutes and ministries from the above-mentioned countries with additional finances from the European Commission, aims to support joint research and innovation projects in food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. The total contribution from the partnering African and European countries is € 18.5 million, and taking into account the expected EC contribution, an overall total of € 27.6 million has been earmarked for this joint call. Projects can apply for a total budget between € 300 000 and € 1.5 million.
Foci of the Call
Applications should be submitted within the following three main topics of LEAP-Agri:
- Sustainable agricultural production intensification, in relation with social, economic and environmental aspects, including aquaculture;
- Population nutrition and health in relation with agriculture and food systems;
- Access to food, expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade, including local and territorial dynamics.
For further information on this call please see the Call Announcement, including guidelines for submission: LEAP-Agri Call
This call invites consortia composed of at least four partners from four of the partner countries (two African and two European) to submit project proposals for research and innovation within the above-mentioned topics. Projects will be supported for a maximum period of 3 years.
This Call follows a two-step approach. As a first step applicants are required to submit (in English) a pre-proposal through an online submission system to be evaluated by an International Review Panel. The deadline for pre-proposals is June 2017 (tbc).
In a second step, approved consortia will be invited to complete and submit full proposals (in English) to be evaluated by external peer reviewers. Based on the application, external reviews and a rebuttal to those by the consortia a ranking list will be established by the International Review Panel. Available funds will be disbursed to the highest ranked projects. Each consortium partner will get funding from its country funding agency and in some cases from other Funding Agencies depending on the eligibility criteria indicated by each LEAP-Agri Funding Agency.
For more information, please visit the LEAP-Agri website