The project

The PRICNAC project

PRICNAC (Promotion of Research, Innovation and Digital Culture in Central Africa) is a project funded by the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union under the ACP Innovation Fund. The four-year project aims to strengthen research and innovation capacities in Central African countries through the consolidation of innovation ecosystems, productive synergies, entrepreneurship, digital technology and innovation policies in favour of sustainable development and poverty reduction.

What does PRICNAC offer ?

PRICNAC is launching a programme of third party projects or micro-projects implemented by small local networks which will be integrated immediately into the larger PRICNAC network. This network will serve as a community for the sharing of practices and the strengthening of professional links.


The micro-projects will bring together different stakeholders (educational institutions and research centres, companies, national and local public administrations, chambers of commerce, business organisations, trade unions, NGOs) at the local level. 12 projects will be financed during the first phase of the project. Afterwards, some micr-projects may receive additional funds for their continuity and consolidation of their impact. The maximum amount of funding will be 150,000 euros per project over 10 to 14 months.


PRICNAC will provide cross-cutting activities, monitoring and networking for project beneficiaries as well as training courses in innovation, research and entrepreneurship, adapted to local needs.

Our core values?




Multi-stakeholder cooperation

Multi-directional exchange of practices

Internationalisation of local and regional cooperation

  • Priority themes
  • PRICNAC’s governance?
  • PRICNAC beneficiaries

What are the priority themes for micro-projects?

  1. Access to digital culture/knowledge and use of emerging technologies ;
  2. Strengthening of concrete links between research-innovation skills development and labour market needs;
  3. Creation of synergies in the research and innovation ecosystem, involving the private sector - facilitation of technology transfer conditions;
  4. Promotion of research and innovation;
  5. Promotion of local and home-grown knowledge and its use in combination with existing formal knowledge systems and practices.
PRICNAC is implemented by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) in collaboration with OBREAL GLOBAL OBSERVATORY, the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES), the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the Network of Experts in Educational Engineering in Central Africa and the Great Lakes (REIFAC). This composition provides a guarantee of competence and continuity to the network as well as an international projection which will facilitate the understanding and exchange of good practices in the fields of research-innovation and digital culture in Central Africa, on the African continent and among the developing regions of the world.
  • Higher education institutions
  • Secondary schools
  • Research centres/research networks, multinational private companies
  • SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)
  • National public administrations
  • Local public administrations
  • Organisation non gouvernementales (ONG)
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Young professionals/entrepreneurs.