Strategically, Finland has decided to increase researcher's cooperation with the Latin America and Caribbe and Africa. An important project/funding instrument has been established specifically to enhance Finnish participation in projects with these regions. FinCEAL (Developing Finnish Science, technology and Innovation Cooperation between Europe, Africa and the LAC Region) is an initiative by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture with the purpose of enhancing cooperation between the research and science policy communities in Finland, Europe and Africa and the LAC region. The Ministry has mandated UniPID (Finnish University Partnership for International Development) to coordinate the project in 2013 - 2014. The thematic areas the FinCEAL LAC component focuses on are derived from the EU-CELAC Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI): ICT for Societal Challenges, Bioeconomy, Biodiversity and Climate Change, Renewable Energy and Health, coinciding also with those of ALCUE-Net. In 2013 and 2014, FinCEAL has worked closely together with VTT (Technical Research Center of Finland) to ensure and support the participation of experts from several Finnish universities and research institutions to take part in the workshops organized within the SOM working groups and by the ALCUE-Net project. These occasions have proved to be very valuable for our researchers especially in terms of creating new networks with European, Latin American and Caribbean colleagues and opening new bi-regional research collaboration possibilities.