The National Research Foundation (NRF) will be hosting the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) learning visits from the 17th September to 21st September. During this first of its kind event, twenty-nine (29) delegates from twelve (12) Science Granting Councils will be attending. The delegates, and respective SCG's are representative from the continent of Africa. Countries include Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The learning visits programme intends to bring together the colleagues representing the various SCGs on the continent and promote the overall goal of the SGCI. Launched in September 2015, the SGCI in sub-Saharan Africa is strengthening the capacities of Science Granting Councils in 15 sub-Saharan African countries in order to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development. The Initiative represents a joint investment by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID), Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF). The SGCI's specific objectives are to strengthen the ability of SGCs to: i) manage research; ii) design and monitor research programmes, and formulate and implement policies based on the use of robust science, technology and innovation (STI) indicators; iii) support transfer of knowledge to the private sector, and; iv) establish partnerships with each other and with other science system actors. The capacity strengthening activities are being implemented by Collaborating Technical Agencies (CTAs) selected through a competitive process. There are four consortia of CTAs responsible for each theme as follows: Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) - theme 1; African Union Development Agency (formerly NEPAD) - Theme 2; African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) - Theme 3, and African Technology Policy Network (ATPS) - Theme 4, with a focus on organising of fora to promote networking among the SGCs.
The programme will include the following focus with the respective activities:
Day 1: 17th of September – The SGCI Experience, the research agenda, and funding instruments
Day 2: 18th September –Grants, and Legislative Environment and Compliance
Day 3: 19th September – Reviews and evaluation, grant making process and systems,
Day 4: 20th September – Managing Intellectual Property (IP) and Tech Transfer, Utilising Data in A Science Granting Council Environment, and Institutional Engagement for Grants Management
Day 5: 21st September – Science Engagement
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The Learning Visit programme can be viewed here.