CASCADE (Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development and Education) is a project funded under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme.
It aims to provide the foundation for a future International Cooperation Network (INCONET) programme targeting South Asian Countries and which will promote bi-regional coordination of Science & Technology (S&T) cooperation, including priority setting and definition of S&T cooperation policies. The project is delivered through a consortium of 17 European and Asian research institutions which is coordinated by the University of Salford.
Commencing in October 2013, CASCADE is an 18-month support action project that comprises five work packages. Three RTD work packages (WP2 to WP4) are supported by project management (WP1) and dissemination (WP5). The RTD WPs have been structured to support: the identification and prioritisation of thematic global societal challenges of mutual EU-Southern Asian interest as the basis for future bi-regional cooperation (WP2); the identification of national and regional stakeholders that can influence the global challenges and research priorities relevant to the South Asian region (WP3); and, the stimulation of participation by Southern Asian stakeholders in Horizon 2020 (WP4).
The combination of these work packages achieves the overall aim of CASCADE: to prepare ground for a future INCONET programme that targets South Asian Countries and promotes bi-regional coordination of Science & Technology (S&T) cooperation, including priority setting and definition of S&T cooperation policies.
CASCADE will raise awareness on research and innovation priorities for fostering cooperation and towards building mutual understanding on how to address common global societal challenges linked to Horizon 2020. One of the key objectives CASCADE project is to assemble a regional position paper that identifies global challenges, research priorities and increases awareness on how to address common problems being faced by the two regions linked to Horizon 2020.
For further information about the project, please contact Dr Udayangani Kulatunga: U.Kulatunga@salford.ac.uk