Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development, and Education

CASCADE aims to provide the foundation for a future INCONET programme targeting South Asian Countries, which will promote bi-regional coordination of Science &Technology (S&T) cooperation, including priority setting and definition of S&T cooperation policies. The objectives of CASCADE, as an 18-month supporting action, are to: compile a regional position paper that identifies global challenges and research priorities; map and develop an inventory of national and regional stakeholders related to global challenges; and, raise awareness on research & innovation priorities for fostering cooperation and towards building mutual understanding on how to address common global societal challenges. CASCADE targets & has the participation of all South Asian countries specified in the Call: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The project comprises five work packages (WP). WP1 will, coordinate the delivery of project outputs, ensure achievement of anticipated outcomes, and develop and manage project infrastructure. WP2 will produce national (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and regional (Southern Asia) position papers providing a consensus on the key societal challenges in the region linked to Horizon2020. These papers will be used as the basis for WP3: the identification and mapping of key national and regional stakeholders that can influence and address these societal challenges. WP4 will engage these key stakeholders, raise awareness of the potential for EU-Southern Asia cooperation, and stimulate their participation in Horizon 2020. WP5 will use the position papers from WP2 and stakeholder maps from WP3 to compile a policy brief with recommendations to the European Commission on how to promote bi-lateral cooperation with Southern Asia with a view to tackling key societal challenges of mutual interest. WP5 will also promote Southern Asian contacts among major European stakeholders.

Coordinator The University Of Salford (UK)

Other participants:
- Dipartimento di Scienze Aziendali-DISA
- Resp. Scientifico: Prof. Massimo Bianchi 
University Of Central Lancashire (UK)
Tallinna Tehnikaulikool (Estonia) 
Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas (Lithuania)
Fondation Pour La Recherche Strategique (France) 
The University Of Huddersfield (UK)
Nangarhar University (Afghanistan) 
Patuakhali Science And Technology University (Bangladesh)
Royal Institute Of Management (Bhutan)
Tribhuvan University (Nepal) 
Volunteers For Development Nepal Association (Nepal)
University Of Engineering & Technology Peshawar (Pakistan)
Local Councils Association Of The Punjab Society (Pakistan)
University Of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka) 
Federation Of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities (Sri Lanka)
Foundation Of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (Thailand)
Eco Care Association (Maldives)


Start date 01/10/2013

End date 31/03/2015

Duration 18 months

Project Reference 609562

Project cost 335.550 EURO

Project Funding 299.199 EURO


Subprogramme Area INCO.2013-1.6 - Southern Asian countries

Contract type CSA-SA - Support actions