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Kenya-France Call for Expression of Interest for a Joint FSPI Project in Environmental Science

The FSPI grant programme (Fonds de Solidarité pour les Projets Innovants-Solidarity Fund for Innovative Projects) is a funding mechanism of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. Local and French partners implement projects under the supervision of the French embassies for a duration of 12 to 30 months. Kenya is eligible for the mechanism with a funding ceiling of €600,000 per project. The FSPI mechanism can support research projects, especially if they carry a solid capacity-building component while considering Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Gender issues in the project.

Since 2021, the National Research Fund (NRF) and the Embassy of France in Kenya have partnered to submit joint projects to the FSPI calls. In 2021, the Hepatocellular Carcinoma (CHC) in Western Kenya: Risk Factors, early diagnosis, and surgical management (HepWek) project was successfully submitted. The French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs allocated €516,148 to the project being implemented by a joint team from Moi University, the French Institute for Research for Sustainable Development (IRD), the Institut Pasteur and the Peruvian National Cancer Institute.

The next FSPI call will be published in November 2023. NRF and the Embassy of France, with support from the IRD and CIRAD, plan to submit a proposal in the field of environmental science on “Research and partnership building for greater resilience of agroecosystems in Kenya while protecting, harnessing and promoting biodiversity in a context of climate change”.

NRF and the Embassy of France strongly encourages submission of the expression of interest as a consortium of research institutions, universities and/or museums.