National and regional authorities from OACPS Member States can now get support to enhance the quality and efficiency of their Research and Innovation (R&I) policy systems, through an innovative Policy Support Facility (PSF).

Brussels, 19 January 2021/OACPS: The Policy Support Facility (PSF), an innovative mechanism to boost research and innovation (R&I) in Member States of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) is currently inviting Expressions of Interest to request policy services.

The PSF was launched in January 2021. A key component of the OACPS Research and Innovation Programme, it is funded by the European Union through the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) and is implemented by the OACPS Secretariat.

Innovation relies not only on appropriate R&I funding and skills, but also on putting in place the right policy framework conditions. R&I investments are much more impactful if accompanied by reforms that increase the quality and efficiency of R&I systems and policies.

The PSF contributes to creating a more inclusive and efficient R&I environment for sustainable development in the Member States of the OACPS.

The PSF provides national or regional public authorities from OACPS Member States (in charge of R&I and higher education) with services delivering practical support to:

  • improve the design and implementation of evidence-based R&I policies and strategies;
  • develop national R&I capacities needed to make the transition to self-sustaining knowledge-led economies;
  • foster collaboration opportunities between R&I institutions, businesses, academia and civil society organisations to unleash their innovation potential.

Expression of Interest

Policy and decision-makers who are interested in submitting a request can access a broad range of on-demand and tailor-made services. High-level experts with hands-on knowledge in relevant R&I fields from OACPS and EU Member States will be invited by the PSF to carry out these services.

To submit an Expression of Interest to request a policy service, please consult the following documentation related to the Call for Expressions of Interest:

For a general presentation of this innovative tool, watch the PSF video or read the OACPS R&I PSF Brochure.

For more information, visit the webpage of the Programme or contact the Technical Assistance Unit supporting the OACPS Secretariat in implementing this Programme, at: