Supporting the internationalization of the Finnish research community towards Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean (BRIDGES)

Main funder

Funder's project number: OKM/77/524/2018

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 223 680,00

Funding program

Project timetable

Project start date: 01/12/2018

Project end date: 31/12/2020


The Finnish scientific community has increasingly engaged in research collaboration and partnerships with counterparts from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). These partnerships have received beneficial support for the past six years, notably through the FinCEAL Initiative. However, it has become clear that there is a continued need to increase their number and quality. The global, regional, and national research and policy landscape for cooperation with these regions is changing, putting the Finnish scientific community under pressure to adapt to these changes. Thus, dedicated support measures are needed to nurture the formation and development of collaboration with partners from Africa, Asia, and LAC.

The BRIDGES project aims to maintain and enhance cooperation between research actors and science policy communities in Finland, Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The specific objectives are to:
1. Support Finnish participation in research collaboration with partners from the target regions;
2. Strengthen Finnish participation in and understanding of key national and international science, technology, and innovation (STI) policies and dialogues with the regions, specifically those related to the Sustainable Development Goals, the European Union’s STI policy dialogues with the target regions, and the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture’s International Strategy for Higher Education and Research 2017-2025; and
3. Gather, disseminate, and promote awareness of Finnish expertise, cooperation, and know-how in the target regions and in Finland.

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