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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: