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Una Europa–Africa Partnership Seed Funding Call 2023/2024

Co-developed by Una Europa partners and eight African universities as part of their shared Vision and Roadmap, the Una Europa–Africa Partnership Seed Funding Call 2023/2024 is your opportunity to embark on an intercontinental research partnership.

Join a vibrant community of researchers across Europe and Africa and secure up to €36,000 to tackle global challenges.

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About the Una Europa–Africa Partnership Seed Funding Call

Connect with researchers across Europe and Africa to advance your academic career through the Una Europa–Africa Partnership Seed Funding Call:

  • The Call welcomes proposals focusing on joint activities across education, research and innovation, and/or societal outreach in six Focus Areas: Cultural Heritage; Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Europe and the World, Future Materials, One Health, and Sustainability.
  • With a total budget of €216,000, the Call will fund up to six project proposals, each up to a maximum of €36,000.
  • A mobility fellowship embedded in the Seed Funding scheme will support an established researcher at one of the participating African universities to bring their expertise to an Una Europa coordinating university in the role of chair.
  • Professional development opportunities for early-career researchers will be an integral feature of successful projects.
  • Projects supported under the Seed Funding Call will be funded for one year. Proposed activities should be conducted between 1 September 2024 and 31 August 2025.


Established academics and early-career researchers from the 11 Una Europa partner universities and the following participating African universities are invited to participate in the Call:

  • Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  • Kampala International University, Uganda
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • University of Ghana, Ghana
  • University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Project proposals must involve one participating African university and at least three Una Europa partner universities.

Application and deadline

Project proposals should be submitted in English by the project coordinator via the online application system.

The deadline for project proposals is 20 February 2024 at 17:00 CET.

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Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application via email in June 2024.

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About the Una Europa–Africa Partnership

In May 2022, representatives from Una Europa and African universities came together for the first time in Helsinki to explore avenues for collaboration. Regular meetings and co-creation workshops culminated in the Una Europa–Africa Partnership Vision and Roadmap grounded in the following shared values:

  • A strong shared commitment of the partners to strategic collaboration across research, innovation, education and outreach, and community building.
  • Focus on actions to create a vibrant and diverse international community of researchers across Africa and Europe by supporting the growth and development of early career researchers, with a specific focus on addressing global challenges. There is a shared belief that this is where a multilateral partnership of this kind can have most impact.
  • Agreement on shared partnership values (i.e. equity, diversity, openness, trust) and excellence principles (i.e. ambition, impact, co-creation, innovation) which underpin the partnership.

The Una Europa–Africa Partnership is united by a shared vision statement: ​“Whatever we do, we do it for the next generation.”

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