Danish host for Arab research programme
The Danish ministry of Foreign Affairs will finance a new programme to support cooperation among academic institutions in Denmark and the MENA region.
The programme will go by the name of FACE - Fund for Academic Cooperation and Exchange between Denmark and the Arab World - and will cover the following seven countries: Jordan, Morocco, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia and Libya.
FACE will be part of the Danish Arab Partnership Programme, which has existed since 2003 and is currently being evaluated. (See DT 12/14) The ministry plans to extend the Arab partnership until 2020. FACE will have a two-year pilot phase, 2015 and 2016.
FACE aims to promote critical and independent academia that supports reform and democratisation processes, and to contribute to dialogue, understanding and cooperation between Danish and Arab academia.
Danish academic institutions that have entered into formal collaboration with partners from the MENA region will be able to apply for funding of partnership projects. The activities will take place in Denmark and in the seven above-mentioned countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
The Foreign Ministry is looking for a Danish institution to host the FACE programme. FACE is expected to provide grants for a total of DKK 11 million, while the contract for the host institution has a maximum budget of DKK 4.2 million, including a fixed sum of DKK 550,000 to cover grant committee expenses and the development of a web site.
Each project that is supported by FACE can have a budget of up to DKK 2 million per year.
The main tasks of the host institution will be implementation, administration and monitoring of FACE. It will manage the fund, screen grant applicants, summarise experiences and share lessons learnt, and coordinate with the ministry.
The deadline for the submission of tenders is January 16, 2014.