What kind of support the OACPS R&I PSF provides?
The OACPS R&I PSF provides policy support through technical assistance in order to enhance the quality and efficiency of R&I policies and systems.
For instance, requesting authorities might ask a policy service to assess the overall effectiveness of the national R&I system, or to provide operational recommendations on how to implement a specific policy instrument to boost research competitiveness. A group of countries, can also submit a request to explore a specific R&I topic of mutual interest, as well as the best ways to tackle the related identified policy challenges (Mutual Learning Exercise).
Can universities or research centers submit an Expression of Interest (EoI)?
No. An Expression of Interest (EoI) to request a policy service can be submitted only by national public authorities in charge of R&I (such as Higher Education, Research and Innovation ministries, national councils and committees), or by regional public authorities in the OACPS member countries working in R&I, since high-level political commitment is crucial to the success of the service.
Does the OACPS R&I PSF support research projects?
No. The OACPS R&I PSF does not support research projects or research infrastructures.
Can a country request financial support or grants?
No. The OACPS R&I PSF only provides policy-related technical assistance
Is there a specific deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest (EoI)?
EoI can be submitted at any time, there is not a specific timeline. However, the delivery of policy support services is also related to the availability of resources.
Can a country submit more than one Expression of Interest (EoI)?
Each ACP country can submit only one EoI and can only request one service.
However, follow-up services might be envisaged for countries who have already conducted or participated in a PSF service and need support to roll out or implement the policy recommendations of the previous service.
Furthermore, a country can also submit a request for, or participate in, a multi-country activity such as Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE).
Who will be delivering the OACPS R&I PSF policy services?
For each policy service, the OACPS R&I PSF will deploy a group of experts (mainly from ACP countries and EU) who will provide technical assistance for the delivery of the service. This Expert Panel will be composed of different high-profile specialists in the R&I domain of the policy service (such as heads of STI departments at universities, research organisations or regional STI organisations) and with knowledge of the topic, the country and the region.
There will be any cost for the beneficiary country?
All the costs related to the experts of the Expert Panel that will carry out the service (such as fees, subsistence costs, flights – depending on Covid-19 evolution- and possible local transportation) will be covered by the OACPS R&I PSF.
In which languages are the official documents (call for Expressions of Interest, call for Declarations of interest, etc.) available?
All the official documents of the OACPS R&I PSF are available in the two official languages of the OACPS Secretariat (English and French).
In which languages will the PSF services be delivered?
In principle, the official working languages are English and French. However, some of the experts involved in the service will have a good knowledge of local languages to facilitate interactions with key stakeholders. The PSF knowledge products will be produced in English or French, but could also be delivered in Portuguese or Spanish if desired by the service-requesting authority.
What is the period of availability and the duration of the experts’ mission?
The duration, and therefore the number of working days for the experts, will depend on several factors, such as the type of service requested, the size of the country’s R&I system, the subject (it may, for example, be an effort of 20 working days over 5 months). As far as the OACPS R&I PSF is concerned, regional and national authorities will be able to send an expression of interest until 2024.
Can I be part of a PSF service delivery if I am an employee of a research organisation?
You can participate to a PSF service delivery, but as an individual expert and not on behalf of your organisation.
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