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Extra-european co-operation

The international R&D co-operation was elaborated under different specific schemes. The Federal Science Policy operates as coordinator, participant or funding organization.

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
The Federal Science Policy organizes the consultation with the representatives of the Regions and Communities to discuss and ensure Belgium's representation in the OECD activities, more precisely those of the DSTI (OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry). It implies the follow up of:
1. the CSTP (Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy)
2. all the related working parties, meetings and conferences on science and technology policy
Read more on the OESO-Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry website...
OECD Blue Sky III - Call for papers...

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
In February 2013 the Federal Scientific Institutions that belong to BELSPO were invited to submit proposals for collaboration with the aim of integrating themselves into an existing UNESCO programme and in this way giving added value to their research or museum activity. Info on the call and submission forms:
Read more on the Unesco website...

'Man and Biosphere' Programme
Following this call for proposals, a research project in the framework of the 'Man and Biosphere' (MAB) programme of UNESCO started in 2014. The 'BIOSPERETRAITS' project, on the MAB sites Yangambi and Luki, is being conducted at the RMCA [Royal Museum for Central Africa] and is taking place in collaboration with partners from the DR Congo.
For more information, see FEDRA: BL/37/UN37 and the relevant article in Science Connection no. 48 (Dutch or French) in 2015.
In November 2015, BELSPO and the MAB secretariat at UNESCO signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration; in the first phase the collaboration is to be mainly focussed on MAB activities in Africa.
Read more about MAB...

Satellites to the rescue of world heritage
An agreement signed on June 18, 2003 between UNESCO and the European Space Agency (ESA) will encourage the use of Earth observation satellites (= principle of remote sensing) to be used to monitor more than 730 cultural and natural World Heritage sites, including national parks in Africa that are home to endangered mountain gorillas.

International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP)
The goal of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) is to ensure the conservation of mountain gorillas and their regional afromontane forest habitat in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Read more on the IGCP website...
In February 2013 the Federal Scientific Institutions covered by BELSPO were invited to introduce proposals for cooperation with the aim of giving added value to their research or museum activities by integrating an existing UNESCO’s programme. For info about the call and application forms:
Read more on the Unesco website...

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation)
Within the framework of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) was created in 1969 in order to give to the Alliance a new "social dimension". In the interim, the activities of the CCMS came to fall under the SPS programme (Science for Peace & Security). The Federal Science Policy Office monitors the programme.
Read more on the NAVO website...
Related activities: NATO Science Programme and its programme for research fellowships NATO.

ERAfrica is a consortium supported by the European Commission within the frame of ERANET (FP7); BELSPO is a consortium partner.
The first call for proposals of the consortium was launched in January 15, 2013 around three themes : Renewable Energies; Interfacing Challenges and New ideas. Three types of activities were considered for funding: research, innovation and capacity building. The goal of the joint call is to create long-term research collaboration between EU Member States and/or Associated Countries and Africa. The Belgian participation in the call is funded by several institutions, each one with different eligibility criteria.

ERANet-LAC is a network of the European Union and associated countries and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). The bi-regional network, financed by the EC in the 2013-2017 period, organises joint research and innovation activities.
A first call from the ERANet-LAC consortium for submission of proposals was launched on 16 September 2014. The following areas were included in the call: bioeconomics, biodiversity, health and energy. Thirteen projects were selected; BELSPO is financing the Belgian partners (from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences) in two of the selected projects on biodiversity:
'AMAZONFIsh' (BL/58/Era-LAC02) RBINS and
On 1 December 2015 the second call was launched, focussing on specific topics in the following areas: biodiversity/climate, bioeconomics, health, energy and ICT. Both research and innovation activities can be financed in the framework of this call, and both types of activities can involve mobility and networking. In all, 30 national or regional institutions funding research are participating in the ERANet-LAC call. BELSPO and F.R.S-FNRS are the Belgian partners supporting this call, each with its own criteria for admissibility.

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