2nd Call for DSTN Research-Team

DSTN brings together ACEs working in digital science and technology (informatics and mathematics) to address some of the challenges posed by the digital transformation of science, the economy and society as a whole. 

This network collaboration between ACEs aims to improve their efficiency and attractiveness by sharing expertise, training, data and computing resources. Five scientific priority areas have been identified: 

  • Big Data and Trusted Artificial Intelligence
  • IoT systems and Software Defined Network in poorly connected areas
  • Cybersecurity
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Data Science

The network aims at supporting collaborations between African Centers of Excellence. Its support consists to provide and co-finance PhD scholarships, mobility grants, scientific events and expertise in these scientific priority areas with the following objectives:

  • Strengthening research capacities and research collaboration between ACEs and with international research institutions, through thematic workshops, joint research teams and PhD co-supervision.
  • Strengthening higher education training capacities through joint training programs, exchange of teachers, students and internships.
  • Strengthening innovation capacities and ties with the non-academic sector through the involvement of relevant socio-economic actors in training and research activities. 
  • Ensuring the network’s sustainability through application for competitive funding and private funding.

To promote such scientific collaborations in the network and throughout the world, by supporting high quality research, DSTN launches a call for Research-Team proposals.

Programme goals and priorities:

A DSTN Research-Team programme is a joint Research or Development (R&D) project created respectively for 4 or 2 years between at least two ACEs of the network and possibly involving external partners. The partners jointly define a scientific objective with a clear added value for each of them, a research plan and a program for mobility exchanges. 

There may be two types of projects:

  • 4-years Research projects to address a scientific problem with a long-term applicative impact that will strengthen research capacities and international collaborations, producing high-quality publications. These projects can involve international academic partners.
  • 2-years Development projects around the development of an application with a short-term applicative impact that will strengthen innovation capacities and ties with the non-academic sector and produce high-quality codes and innovative products. These projects can involve partners from economic or societal sectors.  

Funding can be provided as

  • Mobility supports: missions between partners will be funded up to 10 000 euros per year
  • Internships: up to 2 Internships can be funded each year per project, for 3-4 months each 
  • Phd Grants (only for research projects): up to 2 Phd grants can be funded per project 

Submission of a new DSTN Research-Team

NEW: a submission of a manifestation of interest is required before the end of the initial deadline, January 15th 2021, using the following form

The final proposal must be submitted at before January 22nd 2021. The provided Submission Form and all required attachments must be uploaded in a single zipped file.


November 23rd 2020Publication of the Call for proposal
December 16th 2020Information Meeting on the 2nd Call DSTN Research-Team
January 15th 2021Deadline for submission of proposals
January 22nd 2021Extended deadline for submission of proposals
March 5th 2021Notification of results
March 19th 2021Submission of revised version of accepted proposals
April 1st 2021Beginning of the project implementation

Evaluation and reporting:

Each proposal will be evaluated by experts from the Scientific Committee. The main evaluation criteria are: quality of the research questions and/or innovation, quality of the work plan, quality and sustainability of the partnership, impact / outcomes, involvement of young scientists, consistency of the budget, partners’ contribution, etc.

At the end of the project, each DSTN Research-Team will produce a short report.

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