European Commission Evidence Informed Policy Making (EIPM) Workshop 2018 (Fully-funded)

European Commission Evidence Informed Policy Making (EIPM) Workshop 2018 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: October 8, 2018

Applications are open for the European Commission Evidence Informed Policy Making (EIPM) Workshop 2018. The EIPM workshop will train participants to use evidence for policy making by focusing on challenges and interrelations of those fields.

Today’s complex policy challenges, the super-abundance of data and information, scientific controversies and post-fact politics make strengthening the science-policy interface crucial for good governance. Robust and relevant scientific evidence can make public policies transparent, consistent and effective. Connecting scientific evidence and policy is not straightforward. It calls for new collaborations, institutions, knowledge brokers and practices.


  • Scientists will
    • Learn how to better communicate and visualise research results;
    • To address policy needs;
    • How to target relevant policy makers;
    • Understand the policy cycle, and;
    • Influence the policy making process.
  • Policymakers will learn how to
    • Use research to support policy;
    • Which scientific evidence is relevant to their field;
    • Where to find it and how to interpret it, and;
    • How to communicate with researchers.
  • Both will
    • Gain new insights on how ‘the other side’ operates;
    • Become part of the professional network of scientific researchers and policy makers
    • Be part of building the African evidence informed policymaking community, and;
    • Learn from and access to a global community of practice in evidence based policy making.


Accommodation, transfers, catering and travel costs to South Africa (via an agency selected by the organisers) is offered for

  • 130 participants from Africa,
  • 10 UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund grant holders, and
  • 10 participants from EU countries.


  • Open to African early to mid-career policymakers and scientists;
  • Applicants should be interested in how to use scientific research and evidence to inform policymaking;
  • With at least 2 years of work experience within the themes of water, energy, food security or health;
  • Having an active interest in interdisciplinary working to solve global problems;
  • Working in Africa or on Africa related issues with African partners;
  • Being proficient in English, and;
  • Commit to take part the whole duration of the seminar.

Selection Process

The selection process strives to achieve a balanced representation of qualified candidates, including:

  • By gender and country;
  • Balanced representation of both policy makers and scientists;
  • Evaluating past experiences, and;
  • Motivation of the applicants.


Apply online outlining your motivation and why you think this training will help you in your current job.

For more information, visit EIPM Seminar.