I would like to apply for an EDULINK grant for the network in the next round, the details of which are due to be announced towards the end of 2010. The EDULINKprogramme is a European Union funded scheme for ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries for Higher Education. The website is http://www.acp-edulink.eu/. I attended a conference in Brussels last week to find out about the grant and get ideas for putting together a successful application. The maximum amount available will be 500,000 Euros.
I think we should consider expanding the network to include two or three new countries. I thought of Uganda, Zimbabwe and Botswana, but I would welcome any thoughts about this. If anyone has good contacts in a science department in one of these countries, please let me know. The other thing we need to consider is what will be the theme of the project. Again I would welcome any suggestions, but I think that increasing the capacity of each department involved to teach practical science, but at undergraduate and post graduate level, may be a good one, since practical scientists certainly would be useful in developingyour countries.
There are also grants for research projects across networks of ACP countries, both for increasing research infrastructure and for the research itself. I am not sure I am best placed for suggesting projects, but I would certainly help putting an application together. The website for these grants (also to be announced towards the end of the year) is http://www.acp-st.eu/
If you would like me to make the EDULINK application I will need a lot of help and information. EU grants proposals are notoriously difficult to write and will need a lot of information and organisation.