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AUF COVID-19 Call for Projects
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AUF COVID-19 Call for Projects

DEADLINE:3 May 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic facing the world, the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) proposes an exceptional international call for projects with an accelerated and simplified submission, evaluation and selection process, designed to support the numerous initiatives linked to the pandemic that are emerging in the highly responsive, ingenious and responsible higher education space. This space particularly relies on creative and innovative collaborative networks of students, teachers and researchers.

General objective: to value the contribution of AUF member institutions to the development of solutions with immediate technological and/or social impact, in order to help health systems and populations to face the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specific objective: to support the development of innovative and frugal initiatives, adapted to their ecosystem and with immediate impact.

Criteria

  • Projects may be submitted by higher education institutions or research structures that are members of the AUF, as well as academic networks that are members of the AUF. See https://www.auf.org/les_membres/nos-membres/

  • The call prioritizes projects from student communities in the fight against COVID-19. However,the project coordinator must be a permanent teacher or researcher from one of these institutions.

  • Projects from countries with advanced and well-funded university structures will be selected if they involve higher education institutions from countries with intermediate or emerging structures.

  • The call will mainly finance small projects to be carried out quickly but may exceptionally support the deployment of international projects, already mature, to promote local adaptation or scientific/technological transfer.

  • Civil society organizations (CSOs) will be eligible to apply in a partnership led by an AUF member institution.

  • Projects that rely on public-private collaborations will also be valued, particularly companies that wish to invest in the university system, for the benefit of the health ecosystem.

Benefits

In view of the urgency and the immense needs, the AUF is dedicating an exceptional fund of 500,000 euros to this call.

The projects to be submitted are divided into 2 categories:

  • Category A projects (projects with an immediate technological, economic and/or social impact) : A1- project budget is less than 10,000 euros A2- project budget is between 10,000 and 20,000 euros

  • Category B projects (exceptional, high-impact or particularly innovative projects with an inter-regional or international dimension): B- project budget is up to 50,000 euros