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The-African-Academy-of-Sciences-International-Research-Management-Staff-Development-Programme-–-(IRMSDP)---.aspxThe African Academy of Sciences International Research Management Staff Development Programme – (IRMSDP)
2020-06-23 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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The African Academy of Sciences International Research Management Staff Development Programme – (IRMSDP)  

The African Academy of Sciences and Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) UK are launching the International Research Management Staff Development Programme (IRMSDP) to contribute to the strand on developing individual capacity of research management staff. The programme is focusing on knowledge sharing and the development of tools and resources, created by teams consisting of research management professionals from across Africa and the UK.  

This call for expressions of interest serves as an invitation to all research management professionals in Africa and UK working in academic and research institutions to lodge applications to participate in the programme which will involve 
a) Virtual seminars/workshops 
b) Innovations and project development,  
c) Staff exchange visits to Africa from the UK and vice versa. 
In their proposals, teams should therefore creatively describe how their proposed Innovation/idea aligns to one or more of the following themes:  
1) Research management support functions and infrastructure 
2) Professional development for research managers and administrators  
3) Funding and collaboration for research 
4) Research Uptake and Impact 

Target Group and Eligibility Criteria 
Africa applicants: 
1) Research managers and administrators working at universities and or research institutions in Africa. 
2) Hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible African institution, which must span the duration of the visit.  
3) Be applying as part of a group of up to five research management professionals from multiple research organisations within a region or within a country, so that each group is made up of individuals from different and diverse institutions. Regions are identified in Africa as within one of the areas covered by each professional association (e.g countries represented within the Eastern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (EARIMA).  
4) All individual applicants should have a supporting letter from their institution allowing them to take part in the programme and expressing their support. 
5) The applicants must be able to commit time to the whole programme and activities outlined in the curriculum.   
6) Successful individual applicants will be expected to seek membership in or affiliation with their respective Research Management and Innovation Association such as the Central Africa Research and Innovation Association (CARIMA), Eastern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association(EARIMA), Southern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association( SARIMA), Western Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA).In instances where a Research and Innovation Management Association (RIMA) doesn't exist, participants will be added to a mailing list and will be required to join the RIMA once it is up and running. 
UK applicants: 
1) Research managers and administrators working at universities and or research institutions in the UK. 
2) Hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible UK institution, which must span the duration of the visit.  
3) Be a member of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA). 
4) Be applying as part of a group of up research management professionals from multiple research organisations, so that each group is made up of individuals from different and diverse institutions.  
5) All individual applicants should have a supporting letter from their institution allowing them to take part in the programme and expressing their support. 
6) The applicants must be able to commit time to the whole programme and activities outlined in the curriculum.   
Application Process 
All applications will be submitted on the Ishango online system https://aasishango.ccgranttracker.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f through the Africa or UK application tab. UK applicants are expected to fill out the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion questionnaire on this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MB6F5ZR before launching their application.  
Teams will nominate one member who will lodge the application for the entire team, and therefore act as the contact point. The application form will include  
a) Personal information on the team members  
b) Information on represented institutions 
c) Brief overview on the teams proposed innovation/idea and its thematic focus 
d) Information on the team make-up and learning goals 
e) Attached supporting letters from the members' institutions. 
Important dates 
Call for applications opened:  19th June 2020 
Call for application closes: 26th July 2020 (00.00 EAT/22.00 WET) 
Screening: 27th July – 7th August 2020 
Preselection and Matching:  10th August – 4th September 2020 
Final selection and awards issued: 7th – 11th September 2020 
Programme begins: 14th September 2020 

All queries about this call should be addressed to ReMPro Africa at remproafrica@aasciences.africa or ARMA at eva@arma.ac.uk  
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COVID-19-Africa-Rapid-Grant-Fund.aspxCOVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund
2020-06-12 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the  Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI), South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Newton Fund, and SGCI participating councils across 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are pleased to announce the COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund. The Rapid Grant Fund seeks to contribute to the African regional and continental response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This call covers three strands: i) research, ii) science engagement: call to science and health journalists and communicators, and iii) science engagement: call to science advisers.

Researchers and science engagement practitioners from the following countries are eligible to apply:  Botswana, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and in the context of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Nigeria and South Africa.

For more information please click on the following link: https://www.nrf.ac.za/division/funding/covid-19-africa-rapid-grant-fund

En francais : https://www.nrf.ac.za/division/funding/fonds-de-recherche-et-d%E2%80%99interventions-rapides-contre-la-covid-19-en-afrique

COVID-19-Africa-Rapid-Grant-Fund-Launched.aspxCOVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund Launched
2020-06-05 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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A COVID-19 Africa Rapid Fund Grant with an initial total funding of approximately USD4.75million, close to R90 million, has been launched to address research questions and implement science engagement activities associated with the pandemic.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) supported by South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQ), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom Research and Innovation  (UKRI) through the Newton Fund, and SGCI participating councils are collaborating in this initiative, which has been conceptualised under the auspices of the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI).

The Fund aims to support knowledge generation and translation to inform diagnostics, prevention and treatment of COVID-19, strengthen African regional and continental science engagement efforts in response to the pandemic, and leverage existing multilateral collaborations and attract new collaborations from international partners.

For more information, please visit this link: https://www.nrf.ac.za/media-room/news/covid-19-africa-rapid-grant-fund-launched

NRF-South-Africa-to-host-the-AOSP-Project-Office.aspxNRF South Africa to host the AOSP Project Office
2020-06-04 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa will host the African Open Science Platform (AOSP) Project Office for the next 3 to 5 years. Supported by South Africa's Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), key institutions in Africa, and the International Science Council (ISC), the AOSP (Science for the Future, the Future of Science) makes the case for bold action to mobilise the scientific community in Africa in responding to the challenges of the digital revolution. The new paradigm of Open Science is a powerful driver for scientific research and scholarship and its application to social, economic and global environmental priorities.

The AOSP Advisory Council, following a competitive process, awarded the NRF this significant opportunity to further establish and formalise a Continental platform. With a strong emphasis on African unity as a nuanced and dedicated focus, the NRF and the DSI recognise the significant potential of the AOSP as a means to create an inclusive and integrated culture of collaboration on the Continent in the service of democratising information and knowledge across social boundaries for the achievement of common goals and objectives.

The AOSP was initiated through a pilot phase supported by the DSI, and managed by the NRF and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) during 2017-2019, with partners including the International Science Council (ISC), and its Committee on Data (CODATA). Outputs included the collective development of a draft roadmap for Open Science on the Continent, and four open science frameworks that informed the first consultative stakeholder meeting, held during 2-3 September 2019 in Alexandria, Egypt, to design the implementation phase of the AOSP. Coordinated by the Chairperson of the AOSP Advisory Council, Dr Khotso Mokhele, the Strategic Plan for the AOSP was launched during South Africa's Science Forum in December 2018. The AOSP aims to build a critical mass of high-calibre open science research on the Continent, and will ensure that its projects are aligned with existing programmes and opportunities within regional and national research systems.

In collaboration with numerous key institutional and national initiatives, including Governments, Science Granting Councils, research infrastructure platforms, universities, and public and private research institutions, workstreams of the formalised platform will include the development of a legislatively compliant governance framework; the co-creation of a sustainable long-term funding model; and formalisation of the AOSP Operating Model.

The CEO of the NRF, Dr Molapo Qhobela, stated that: "The NRF is delighted to contribute to and support this strategic endeavour with a number of national and international partners. To excel in the new data dispensation, commitment and investment are required for Open Data policies, enabling Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, and commitment to the necessary human capacity development".

The AOSP Project Office, based at the NRF in Pretoria, South Africa, with selected staff appointments, will be launched during 2020. The interim contact person is Dr Sepo Hachigonta, Director Strategic Partnerships (sepo.hachigonta@nrf.ac.za). 

Science-Granting-Councils-Initiative-(SGCI)-in-Sub-Saharan-Africa-Co-Funders-Statement-on-Coronavirus-COVID-19.aspxScience Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in Sub-Saharan Africa: Co-Funders Statement on Coronavirus COVID-19
2020-06-03 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents a significant global challenge, requiring close science-policy-society proximity. The scientific enterprise is being called upon to collectively diagnose, offer solutions and advice in the context of uncertainty and complexity.   

The pandemic and the required collective response underline the critical importance of the SGCI to continue strengthening the capacities of science granting councils and broader research systems in the 15 participating countries across Sub-Saharan Africa to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to better preparedness and response.

The SGCI Initiative Management Team (IMT) is keen to discuss with SGCs, individually and collectively, any particular ways to provide support to you, your governments and your research communities. This might include responses in the short-term to COVID-19 through research, science advice and innovation at a national and regional level; and in the medium-term to develop rapid response mechanisms to deal with other crises that may arise in the future.


SGCI Executive Committee members:

Aldo Stroebel, NRF

Naser Faruqui, IDRC-CRDI

Eunice Muthengi, DFID-Nairobi

AnnaMaria Oltorp, Sida




Initiation-.aspxInitiation of Collaborative Projects with Researchers from Sub-Saharan Africa in the field of Solar Energy
2020-03-30 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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Call-for-Project-Proposals-Strengthening-the-Capacities-of-Science-Granting-Councils-in-Gender-and-Inclusivity---Questions-.aspxCall for Project Proposals Strengthening the Capacities of Science Granting Councils in Gender and Inclusivity - Questions & Answers
2020-03-16 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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This summarises responses to questions received regarding the Call for Proposals to strengthen capacities of Science Granting Councils in Gender and Inclusivity. The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa is abbreviated as SGCI, and Science Granting Councils (SGCs) referred to simply as 'Councils' in this document.

1. Is a grants program included in the proposal for the Councils or will they have their own budgets to implement a gender related grants program?

The Collaborating Technical Agency (CTA) will be expected to directly fund the activities outlined in the proposal which could include funds for research/studies, which could be carried out in collaboration with Councils. But the Councils are not expected to manage any of the funds in this project. The CTA will be expected to provide technical support and guidance to Councils to mainstream gender dimensions in research projects that Councils are funding separately.

2. The project requires one to be responsive to the needs/priorities of individual Councils, which makes it difficult to be too prescriptive in the proposal as flexibility is required. Will this be taken into account in project design?

The SGCI is implemented in a manner that ensures flexibility in relation to responding to the needs of councils, and this is an important consideration in selecting a CTA. Although this is taken into consideration, applicants should provide as much information and details on the proposed interventions. 

3. Is it possible to have more insight as to how the SGCI will enable interaction with other key players, such as the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) consultant, the Gender Working Group (GWG) and the intersectionality consultant?

The SGCI Initiative Management Team (IMT) and particularly IDRC's responsible Program Officer will support the CTA to interact with the other key players including the MEL consultant.

4. Is the project expected to have an in-house MEL expert, or will it work with the SGCI MEL expert on collecting indicators?
You can suggest an approach to MEL for the project with indicators and ways to collect data. The details will be finalized in consultation with the SGCI MEL expert and IDRC's responsible Program Officer. Implementation of the MEL function will be coordinated as part of the overall MEL work of the SGCI MEL expert. It will not be the responsibility of the SGCI MEL expert to take the lead on MEL for this project. 

5. Is it appropriate to include background references in the proposal or do they serve as a distraction?
Background references can be included in the proposal. 

6. Will the CTA be required to obtain country clearance for each of the 15 countries or is this already covered by the SGCI?
IDRC, which will issue the grant agreement to the CTA, requires clearance in keeping with its agreements with many of the 15 countries where the CTA will be working. In most cases clearance is not required for training activities, but it is required for research; in many cases the agency providing clearance will be the Councils with whom the CTA will be working.

 7. Will translation of these materials be necessary?
Yes. French and Portuguese translations will be required when working with specific SGCs. 

 8. Will ethics approval be required for this work?
Whether ethics approval is required will depend on whether the project proposes to involve research. In many of the 15 countries the Councils will be able to facilitate approval of ethics.


Call-for-Project-Proposals-Strengthening-the-Capacities-of-Science-Granting-Councils-in-Gender-and-Inclusivity.aspxCall for Project Proposals: Strengthening the Capacities of Science Granting Councils in Gender and Inclusivity
2020-03-05 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) invites project proposals from organizations (including think-tanks, institutes and agencies) with proven experience and track records to offer training and technical support to Science Granting Councils (and related organizations such as commissions or funds) in specific areas of gender and inclusivity in science, technology and innovation (STI) namely: promoting (i) the equality and status of women in research environments, (ii) diversity and inclusivity beyond gender equality in research environments; and (iii) the sex, gender and inclusivity dimension in research design and content. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) will enter into a grant agreement with the successful organization for an implementation period of approximately 36 months. Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to SGCSSA@idrc.ca with a copy to lochanda@idrc.ca by the deadline of 23:59 East Africa Time on Friday 4th April 2020. Further details are provided in the attached documents. Any enquiries should be directed to the same two addresses and a set of Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) will be posted and updated regularly to this website until one week before closing i.e. until Friday 27th March.

Please click here for more information. 

Please click here to access Appendix 1.

Please click here to access Appendix 2. 

Invitation-to-the-WARIMA-workshop-on-Research-and-Innovation-Management-(March-30-31,-2020).aspxInvitation to the WARIMA workshop on Research and Innovation Management (March 30-31, 2020)
2020-03-02 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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The West African Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA) in association with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) will be holding an international workshop at the Raw Materials Research Council, Abuja Nigeria on the theme "RESEARCH MANAGEMENT FOR IMPROVED RESEARCH OUTCOMES"

About one hundred delegates and stakeholder from across but not limited to West Africa including researchers, research managers and administrators are expected at the workshop as we address innovation and development through research and research management.

Effective Research Management has proven to be a bedrock for research and development and we would like to indulge your support of its establishment in your institution.

We are specially inviting and would be delighted to have you be part of the workshop as we collaborate to improve research in our institutions through effective research management.

Areas to be covered are;

1.         Research development and mentorship

2.         Understanding funders and funding relationships

3.         Good research management practices and policies

4.         Research management support system

5.         Technology Transfer

6.         Research Management Programme in Africa (ReMPRO Africa)

Please click here for the workshop information. 
Workshop information continued. 

Please click here to register for the workshop.

We look forward to having you at the event.

Thank you.

Yours Sincerely,

Labode Popoola PhD, FFAN

Professor of Forest Economics

President, WARIMA


Call-for-Applications-2020-AAAS-TWAS-Course-on-Science-Diplomacy.aspxCall for Applications: 2020 AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy
2020-02-11 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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The call for applications of the 2020 AAAS-TWAS Course on Science Diplomacy is now open.
The course is organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and TWAS and aims to expose participants to some key concepts on the interactions between the scientific and policymaking communities.
The AAAS-TWAS Course on Science and Diplomacy will be held from 10 to 13 July 2020 in Trieste, Italy.
For full details, please see: https://twas.org/opportunity/2020-aaas-twas-course-science-diplomacy

To access the online application form, see https://www.cognitoforms.com/TheWorldAcademyOfSciencesForTheAdvancementOfScienceInDevelopingCountries/_2020AAASTWASScienceDiplomacyCourse
Applications can only be submitted online.

The application deadline is 5 March 2020.
Successful candidates will be contacted in April.

For any queries, please contact sciencediplomacy@twas.org

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Post-graduate-Diploma-in-Research-Management-and-Administration-(RMA)-offered-by-the-Centre-for-Research-on-Evaluation,-Sci.aspxPost-graduate Diploma in Research Management and Administration (RMA) offered by the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University
2020-02-11 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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​Professional research management and administration (RMA) structures and systems within African universities are critical enablers in achieving maximum research and innovation impact in an increasingly competitive global environment.i,ii The effectiveness of these structures depend on skilled research and innovation managers – individuals who will be key in the efforts of African research institutions to help sustain and grow research and innovation. 

Stellenbosch University now offers the first Post-graduate Diploma in RMA – a course that was developed in and for Africa through an Erasmus+-programme funded project entitled StoRM.iii 

The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to RMA theory, practice and the latest trends via four modules offered over two years. 

Students will typically be early or mid-career staff members working in Research Offices (or equivalent structures) at research institutions. The course content is relevant to global settings but will focus on research management and administration in the African context. 

Delivery of the course is through a combination of block (face-to-face) lecturing sessions, ongoing on-line support and tutor groups, self-study and written assignments to be completed within the work context of the participants. Each module will require students to be at Stellenbosch University for an initial five day lecturing block. The modular structure of the course specifically aims to make it accessible to working individuals. 

Module 1: The research landscape in Africa (1st semester, year 1 - 15 credits) 

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to describe the unique environment, conditions and features that define African research, explain the main trends in the governance, institutional landscape, R&D funding and scientific output of African countries, and critically reflect and comment on the role of university Research Offices against the broader landscape of African research.

Module 2: The management of research and research-related information (2nd semester, year 1 - 35 credits) 

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to identify, characterize and explain the roles and interactions between the relevant internal and external stakeholders in the management and use of research- and research-related information. Students will be able to specify and describe the different types of relevant information, and the information management systems and databases required for its collection, management and use. They will develop an understanding of the basic principles of the development and management of databases with a view towards integrated reporting; and explain and demonstrate how research performance is measured using basic principles and practices of key bibliometric data sources and indicators. Students will develop a critical awareness of the key issues related to modern trends in scholarly publishing, as well as insight into the theory and practice of science communication.

Module 3: Research grants management (1st semester, year 2 - 35 credits) 

On successful completion of the module, students will have thorough insights into the management processes required for grant-making, including the roles, responsibilities and routines needed for successful pre- and post-award grants management. They will understand the generic requirements of and demonstrate the ability to develop and critically evaluate good research grant proposals. They will have an understanding of the appropriate indicators for subsequent monitoring and evaluation of research grant impact. They will also understand the basic principles of project management and be able to apply a selected set of project management tools in the sphere of research project management. They will understand the requirements of project and financial reporting, research contract negotiations and risk management, as well as the timely identification of intellectual property and protection thereof.

Module 4: Research integrity and ethics (2nd semester, year 2 - 35 credits) 

On successful completion of the module, students will understand the ‘research integrity’ curriculum (including management of conflict of interest; publication, authorship and peer review ethics; collaboration ethics; ethical issues related to data management and transfer, etc.). Students will have the ability to critically reflect and comment on the values involved in responsible research, and understand the difference between a ‘compliance’ and ‘personal responsibility’ approach to research integrity. They will be familiar with the Singapore declaration of research integrity, and other international guidelines. They will understand what are considered ‘questionable research practices’ and ‘research misconduct’, and how cases of research misconduct should be investigated and reported. They will understand the basic principles of research ethics in the context of research involving humans, animals and biosafety, and the systems and processes needed to implement ethics review and approval of applicable research.

The first two contact sessions in 2020 at the main campus of Stellenbosch University will be from 4 to 8 May 2020 (general orientation and module 1) and from 7 to 11 September 2020 (module 2). 

The admission requirement is an appropriate academic qualification at NQF level 7. For more information contact Mrs Bernia Drake, the postgraduate administrative co-ordinator at CREST, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (berniav@sun.ac.za; +27218083394) 





BIGSAS-PhD-Scholarships-for-Women-from-the-African-Continent.aspxBIGSAS-PhD-Scholarships for Women from the African Continent
2019-12-09 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme 2020 

Call for Applications 

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, BIGSAS, invites outstanding female scholars from the African continent to join an international community of scholars working in the field of African Studies. The scholarship periods begin in October 2020 (including an intensive German language course starting in April or June 2020). 

BIGSAS provides a centre for creative and innovative PhD training based on the inter- and multi-disciplinary research environment of the Institute of African Studies, IAS, at the University of Bayreuth, and the Cluster of Excellence ‘Africa Multiple: Reconfiguring African Studies’. 

The Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies is awarding two scholarships within the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). For these BIGSAS will nominate candidates with excellent track records, who have successfully passed the application procedure of the graduate school. 

Applicants must have a very good Master’s Degree in one of the disciplines represented at the graduate school. The Master’s Degree must have been obtained within the last six years. Applicants should not have been in Germany for more than twelve months. Applications may be submitted in German, English or French, the working language of BIGSAS is English. 

The final selection will be made by the DAAD. 

For more information on your application please refer to: 




Deadline: 09 February 2020 

Call-for-trans-continental-collaborative-research-projects-on-Food-Systems-and-Climate.aspxCall for trans-continental collaborative research projects on Food Systems and Climate
2019-12-04 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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Background and general information 

The new Horizon 2020 ERA-NET-Cofund on Food Systems and Climate (FOSC) will launch a trans-continental call for research proposals in the field of food systems and climate. The call will support basic and applied research and is focused on the interactions between climate change and food systems: assessing the consequences of climate change on agri-food markets and developing sustainable and resilient food value chains in the context of changing food needs and patterns (diets). The joint call – with an indicative budget of approximately €12 million including EC top-up funding – brings together 22 funding organisations of 19 countries from 3 continents. 

Project consortia must consist of research teams from a minimum of four countries from two continents (Europe, Africa or Latin America): at least 2 European countries (EU members and H2020 associated countries) and at least 2 from Latin American or African countries participating to the Call. The Call will open on December 2, 2019 and follow a two-stage procedure with the pre-proposal deadline on February 12th, 2020, 17:00 h (CET), and full proposal deadline on July 21st , 2020, 17:00 h (CET). More detailed information will be available shortly on the FOSC webpage: www.foscera.net. Funders contact points can be contacted for further information. 

Aim and scope of the joint Call 

The aim of the Call is to support scientifically excellent, trans-continental research, development and innovation projects that contribute to the food systems and climate change. The submitted proposals must be multidisciplinary and should address at least one of the following topics: 

 Assess climate change-related risks for food value chains, including impacts on producers, prices, availability, quality, international trade and food security, and resulting changes in consumer behaviors; 

 Promote innovative technology deployment to build sustainable and resilient food value chains influenced by changing food needs and patterns, and to develop better efficiency of the inputs and outputs of food systems; 

 Improve resilience and reduce volatility in agri-food production and food markets to sustainably improve food security in the context of climatic variation; 

 Reduce food losses under climate change, including novel approaches to valorize side streams and reduce food waste. 


Research-ethics-and-integrity-challenges-require.aspxResearch ethics and integrity challenges require innovative approaches
2019-12-02 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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​Our world is growing. The number of researchers and academics is increasing. The pressure for these researchers and academics, and indeed their institutions, to publish more is ongoing. Consequently, the number of research publications in both journals and books is on an exponential upward trajectory. Coupled with this positive trend is the challenge facing all countries, both developed and developing, to uphold the ethics of research and advance research integrity. However, this task is no longer simple and requires innovative, collaborative and coordinated approaches to ensure the integrity of the research enterprise. Research integrity may be viewed as active adherence to the ethical principles and professional standards essential for the responsible practice of research. 

The objective of the World Conferences on Research Integrity (WCRIs) is to foster integrity in research. The first WCRI was held in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2007. Six WCRIs later, participation has grown from 275 participants from 47 countries in 2007 in Lisbon to 701 participants from more than 50 countries at the 6th WCRI held in 2019 in Hong Kong. The majority of participants were from Asia and Europe, with only 24 participants from Africa. South Africa has been afforded the privilege of hosting the 7th WCRI in Cape Town in 2021 – the first time that a WCRI will be held on the African continent. The WCRIs have produced two global statements on research integrity, namely the Singapore Statement in 20101,2, of which the National Research Foundation (NRF) is a signatory, and the Montreal Statement in 20133,4. In fact, the NRF translated the Singapore Statement into eight of South Africa’s official languages to ensure wider dissemination of the statement.

According to the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity, the value and benefits of research are vitally dependent on the integrity of research. While there can be and are national and disciplinary differences in the way research is organised and conducted, there are also principles and professional responsibilities that are fundamental to the integrity of research wherever it is undertaken. The Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross‐Boundary Research Collaborations emphasises that research collaborations that cross national, institutional, disciplinary, and sector boundaries are important to the advancement of knowledge worldwide. This is particularly important to the NRF whose mandate includes research collaboration across national, regional and international borders.


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​The SGCI Annual Forum 2019 and parallel sessions are underway at the Serena Hotel in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. If you could not attend the event but do not want to miss out on the progressions, be sure to watch the live feed made available by COSTECH. 

The Live feed can be accessed here free of charge. 

The event programme can be downloaded here to ensure that you do not miss essential sessions.

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The African Union's Agenda 2063 and its Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024), as juxtaposed within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), provide the framework for developing and enhancing strong strategic partnerships in support of STI on the African continent. Science granting councils (SGCs) in Africa disburse public funding for research and innovation as a primary function, and are building and sustaining partnerships to advance an internationally competitive knowledge enterprise.


Since 2015, the African SGCs have hosted an annual series of high-level dialogues and engagements to strengthen partnerships, share experiences and practices on a range of emerging topics, and network amongst themselves and with other science system actors within and outside the African continent.


Chief among this annual series of events are the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) in sub-Saharan Africa Annual Forum, and the Global Research Councils (GRC) Africa Regional Meeting. In 2019, these meetings are hosted by the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). The SGCI will host its Annual Forum in partnership with the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and the Scinnovent Centre, with an additional session on monitoring, evaluation, and learning. In partnership with South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF), COSTECH will co-host the GRC Africa Regional Meeting. The SGCI and GRC will partner to host a session on gender and inclusivity. As is tradition on the occasion of hosting these prominent events, several value-adding engagements will also be implemented. The United Kingdom's Department of International Development (DFID) will host the Knowledge Systems and Innovation (KSI) session; the International Research for Development Funders Forum (IRDFF) 2019 meeting will take place; and the NRF and Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) will be presenting the second Peer Learning for Emerging Researchers' Knowledge and Advancement Programme (PERKA) convening.


Collectively, this annual African SGCs week leverages partnerships and existing networks to catalyse conversations and actions that support the strategic implementation of SGC mandates, and regional and international cooperation. 

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has joined as an associate funder, their collective contribution to the initiative will play a vital role in the success of the Science Granting Councils Initiative as a whole. 

For the full programme booklet please click here. 

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We would like to invite you to respond to a survey regarding your experiences with research and innovation. If there are other researchers with whom you are working, please feel free to forward this article to them. 

This global survey forms a part of the EU Horizon 2020 ‘Responsible Research and Innovation Networking Globally’ (RRING) project. Our surveys will be gathering insights into research and innovation practices, specifically including various behaviours related to responsible research and innovation, as well as your views on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  

The key reason for why we have approached you is because of your significant expertise in research. Ultimately, we are really eager to learn from your insights concerning how research and innovation are being pursued in our country and your respective field.   

By participating in this survey, you will be contributing to the formation of an international approach to research and innovation, which reflects the realities of your context (geographic, social, economic, etc.). You will also be in the unique position where your ideas will be directly feeding into the setup of a new global network on responsible research and innovation, hosted by UNESCO.  

Should this opportunity interest you, we would be grateful if you could complete the survey by 15 NOVEMBER 2019. We expect the survey to take around 40 minutes to complete. The survey (with further information) is available here: https://rring.qualiaanalytics.org/  

We would also be very grateful if you would forward this invitation to any of your colleagues and contacts, who you think may be interested in this survey opportunity. Essentially, we are keen to hear from an array of different research and innovation professionals, and so are eager to have as many voices represented as possible.

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CSIR Convention Centre, Pretoria

2 to 6 December 2019

For the first time in 2019, the Department of Science and Innovation will host the Science Forum South Africa together with the Innovation Bridge Technology Matchmaking and Showcasing Event.


Taking place under the theme "Igniting conversations about science for innovation with impact", this joint collaboration will create a unique platform for debate on the role of science, technology and innovation in society.  At the same time, local technologies generated from publicly financed research and development will be showcased with the aim of securing partners to convert these technologies into products and services that impact on the lives of ordinary people.


The five-day programme will kick off with side-events on 2 and 3 December 2019, followed on 4 December by a high-level plenary marking the opening of the 5th Science Forum South Africa.  The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, will host the plenary session under the topic "The South Africa, Africa and world we want to leave our children:  A technologically wise next generation".  The plenary will be followed by three rounds of parallel sessions, with a Science Forum Sunset Discussion rounding off the day.


On 5 December, the Innovation Bridge will host business-to-business meetings and speed networking sessions focused on specific technology sectors and geared at concluding deals for technology advancement.


And on 6 December, the collaboration of Science Forum South Africa and Innovation Bridge will be evident as the conversations of the preceding days come together in the closing plenary, where a high-level panel will discuss the role of innovation in society from the perspective of driving local technological advancements while ensuring increased foreign direct investment.


We look forward to having you as part of this inaugural collaboration.


Igniting conversations about science for innovation with impact



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The National Science and Technology Council is a statutory body through which the Government of the Republic of Zambia directs policy on the development and application of science and technology in the country. It was established by the Science and Technology Act No. 26 of 1997. One of the Council’s mandate is to disseminate information on Science, Technology and Innovation (ST & I) in Zambia. It is through this that the Council publishes a Science Tech Newsletter biannually to cover ST& I developments in  Zambia and around the World.

Kindly receive the latest copy of the NSTC Science Tech Newsletter covering the period January to June 2019 for your information.

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​Terms of Reference for Authors


There exists extensive research on the importance of considering, promoting and implementing actions that support equality and equity across the global research landscape. Equal opportunities and diversity in research and research teams allows for the full exploitation of available human potential. Diverse working groups have a positive impact on the quality of research as they result in a variety of perspectives, experiences and skills contributed in the conduct of research. Although the advantages of equality and equity in research are widely known, participation of diverse groups of people in the research landscape continues to be a challenge. For example, accordingly to UNESCO, only 30% of the total global research workforce is comprised of women. Additionally, black, minority and ethnic groups are often underrepresented in the research workforce. In recent years, there has been a growing focus on intersectionality not only in social science and qualitative research but also in how the conduct of research can better advance its consideration, leading to more robust research and outcomes. Intersectionality is the understanding that social inequalities are mutually constituting: ‘race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nation, and age operate not as unitary, mutually exclusive entities, but rather as reciprocally constructive phenomena’ (Collins, 2015). In other words, advancing equality and equity has to take into consideration the ways in which multiple elements of identity can lead to different experiences of those that conduct research and in research outcomes. Although this phenomenon and its effects on research funding are increasingly known, data (and research) on intersectionality in the research context and in research teams is scant in Africa. In Germany, for example, intersectionality, diversity, and related challenges in the research system and research funding sector have gained traction for focus. Data and experiences on these topics are rare and difficult to determine due to the sensitivity of the data and data protection. Public funding agencies have a catalytic role to play as coordinators of national systems of innovation through their core functions of inter alia supporting, promoting and funding research and innovation. In some cases, these public funding agencies also disburse funds for human capital development, through bursaries and scholarships. In these two roles, they can play a role in advocating for and implementing policies and strategies that support diversity in human capital development, and the research they fund.

The Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI), the Organization of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) South African National Chapter, and the German Research Foundation (DFG) are partnering to contribute to greater understanding of this topic in the context of research funding. Launched in 2015, the SGCI targets public funders of science and research (SGCs). Fifteen (15) councils in Eastern, Southern, Central and West African participate in the Initiative, representing Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Côte d'Ivoire, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The SGCI, implemented in two phases: SGCI-1 (2015-2020) and SGCI-2 (2018-2023) and guided by four (4) key specific objectives (see Box 1), aims to strengthen the capacities of SGCs in order to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development. The Initiative’s core funding partners are the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). SGCI-2, in addition to seeking to deepen the implementation of the four (4) themes, is underlined by the notions of research excellence and gender equality and inclusivity. It is in this context that the SGCI is pursuing this topic on intersectionality in research funding with a focus on the 15 SGCs.

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is the central, independent research funding organisation in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research projects at universities and other research institutions. The DFG promotes excellence by selecting the best research projects on a competitive basis and facilitating national and international collaboration among researchers. Its mandate also includes encouraging the advancement and training of early career researchers, promoting gender equality in the German scientific and academic communities, providing scientific policy advice, and fostering relations between the research community and society and the private sector. The DFG is a strong partner of the SGCI, seeking to support and engage in peer-learning experiences regarding the mandates of science granting councils, globally.

The Organisation for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD) South African National Chapter is hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). It was inaugurated in 2009 and comprise of OWSD members in and from South Africa who aim to increase and promote women’s participation in Science and Technology (S&T) professions, in scientific leadership, and in decision-making processes at the national level. It advances six (6) strategic objectives of OWSD, namely: (1) increase the participation of women in developing countries in scientific and technological research, teaching and leadership; (2) promote the recognition of the scientific and technological achievements of women scientists and technologists in developing countries; (3) promote collaboration and communication among women scientists and technologists in developing countries and with the international scientific community; (4) increase access of women in developing countries to the socio-economic benefits of science and technology; (5) promote participation of women scientists and technologists in the development of their country; and (6) increase understanding of the role of science and technology in supporting women's development activities. OWSD SA is increasingly networked with sister national chapters on the African Continent. It will play a key role as a platform for dissemination and enabling linkages with national chapters and OWSD members in the countries under study.

In partnership, OWSD, DFG and SGCI seeks to deepen knowledge on intersectionality in research funding through mutual exchange of knowledge, and documenting experiences and actions in the global and African contexts, with a focus on the role of national public funding agencies. This document provides the terms of reference for authors of a research paper to be commissioned on this topic.


Discrimination and inequality can be experienced by individuals due to particular combinations of their different elements of identities, and not just one singular identity they possess (Christoffersen, 2019). Based on funding experiences, monitoring, and emerging dialogue on the ways in which elements of identity intersect with multiple outcomes on those that conduct research and in the research itself, it is indicative that non-scientific criteria affect or even hinder career development (implicit biases). In the South African context, gender and race are well documented as intertwined elements of identity, for example. There is a dearth of women of color (black women) across the human capital development pipeline as compared to white men and white women. This example demonstrates the importance of considering intersectionality in the context of gender and inclusivity. The commissioned paper aims to contribute to current understanding of intersectionality in research with a focus on public science funders.

Contextualising Diversity and Intersectionality in Research

The term ‘intersectionality’ was first constructed by black feminist and legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. Crenshaw’s definition of intersectionality suggests that people have different economic, cultural and social-political identities through which they can simultaneously experience oppression and/or privilege. A person’s experiences and perspectives may be influenced by their age, race, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic background, sexual orientation, disability, amongst others. In her work, Crenshaw demonstrated the concept of intersectionality by making reference to the discrimination experienced by black American women. The discrimination faced by black women was not just because they were black or women but because they were black women. Race and gender discrimination were impacting their lives in intersecting ways which were not fully understood. Intersectionality was developed out of the need to understand how social identities interact with systems of oppressions and discrimination.

Intersectional perspectives recognize that understanding the experiences and perspectives of human beings requires understanding how the combination of elements of identity creates certain circumstances that can produce oppression and discrimination. The concept should be regarded as an integral part in research work as it provides an understanding of how diverse members of a specific society might experience life differently depending on their gender, race, class and other social locations. For the research process, this implies careful consideration of how research questions are formulated, data collection instruments are developed, research participants selected, and findings interpreted. In the African context, Nchanji, Nkengla and Ajambo (2018) provide some examples of research - on indigenous people, agriculture and sex work - that have been undertaken taking intersectionality into consideration and argue that the outcomes present a richer understanding of experiences and perspectives. Here, funding agencies have a key role to play in providing leadership and guidelines prior to and following the awarding of funding. The UK’s Equality Challenge Unit (2017) published a guide for the research community on intersectional approaches to equality research and data. The guide provides examples linked to considering equality in research design, qualitative and quantitative research methods. Such a guide, for funding agencies would provide a useful mechanism that and present practical recommendations on the role of funding agencies. Using desktop approaches, the commissioned paper should also provide select examples of research undertaken in Africa and beyond to further the notion of intersectionality. On the latter, these could be examples of research that used intersectional approaches and that have led to clear research or training results or where the absence of an intersectional approach meant research or human capital programming was less effective than if an intersectional approach had been taken.

In examining the various dimensions, the paper should seek to respond to, amongst other these questions:

  1. What are the key concepts that underpin work on intersectionality in the context of the diversity and inclusivity discourse? How is intersectionality understood in the context of research? How has this understanding been given effect, conceptually, analytically and methodologically?
  2. In the global context, what select examples of research on intersectionality and its interpretation exist? What key elements of identity have been the focus of this research?
  3. What examples of research on intersectionality exist in the African context, with a focus on the 15 SGCI participating countries (not limited to their funded projects)? What examples of this type of research are funded by SGCs in Africa?
  4. What practices, perspectives and experiences exist to consider intersectionality by research funding agencies, beyond the SGCI participating countries, especially, but not limited to South Africa, Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Canada? In which areas, linked to the research and grants management process, do intersectionality considerations feature?
  5. Focusing on the 15 SGCI participating countries, what elements of identity have African public funding agencies been considering, in addition to sex and gender?
  6. What key recommendations should public funding agencies (SGCs) consider in mainstreaming intersectional approaches in (1) research funding and (2) disbursement of funds for human capital development?

Research Methodology and Approach

Interested authors will be requested to propose a methodological approach to respond to amongst others, the questions abovementioned. Desktop literature reviews, primary data collection and interviews with practitioners, experts and key staff at SGCs and beyond are potential approaches to be considered. It is expected that a preliminary paper will be presented at the Gender Summit Africa in March 2020 with a final paper completed and to be presented at the SGCI Annual Regional Meeting in June/July 2020. The lead author is required to participate in these meetings. Authors are also expected to produce a policy brief to funding agencies on intersectionality in research, and strive to produce a high quality article for publication in an open access internationally peer reviewed journal.

Deliverables, Budget and Timeline

The following deliverables are expected as part of the process of developing the paper:

  • An expression of interest submission comprising: (1) a 2-page proposal, (2) detailed CV(s) of potential author(s), (3) an annotated outline of the paper, and (4) a proposed work plan.
  • Draft paper submissions at various stages for reviews by the DFG/SGCI/OWSD partners following the selection of authors. Final paper completion following the Gender Summit in March 2020.
  • Submission of draft scholarly article for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal. Submission of draft policy brief emanating from the paper.
  • The final policy brief will be published and disseminated in partnership with the DFG/SGCI/OWSD partners. The maximum budget for the proposed work is ZAR 450 000 or USD29 000. Team proposals showcasing an international collaboration are highly encouraged. The DFG/SGCI/OWSD partners will only enter into an agreement with the lead author of team proposals. Travel (lead author and one (1) additional collaborator) to the two convenings abovementioned will be covered by the DFG/SGCI/OWSD partnership separately.

The following timeline is proposed for this project, and will be agreed upon following the contracting of the team:

Selection and contracting of authors2 December 2019
Draft 1 submission13 February 2020
Paper presented at the Gender SummitMarch 2020
Draft 2 submission15 May 2020
Final paper submitted15 June 2020
Article for publication in an open access international peer review journal submitted15 July 2020
Final paper presented at the SGCI Annual Regional MeetingJune/July 2020
Policy brief submitted30 August 2020

Submission of Expressions of Interest

The deadline for submission of the above mentioned documents is on or before Monday 28 October 2019 at 23:59 South African Standard Time (SAST). All submissions should be made directly via email to: penelope.chauke@nrf.ac.za. Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered. The successful candidate(s) will be notified by 2 December 2019. The expression of interest should not exceed two (2) pages, 1.15 spacing, font type Calibri, and font size 11. In addition the following should be submitted: (1) CVs should clearly indicate work done by the team of authors in the broad area of gender, diversity and inclusivity; (2) an annotated table of contents of the paper should indicate clearly the proposed sections and sub-sections of the paper; and (3) a work-plan aligning with the deliverables and timeframe outlined on this document.


  1. Assie-Lumumba, N. T. (2006) Empowerment of women in higher education in Africa: the role and mission of research. Cornell University.
  2. Atewologun, D. (2018) ‘Intersectionality Theory and Practice’, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management.
  3. Christoffersen, A. (2019) Intersectionality approaches to equality research and data. Equality Challenge Unit.
  4. Collins, P. H. (2015) Intersectionality’s Definitional Dilemmas, Annual Reviews. Available at: https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-soc-073014-112142.
  5. Dickens, D. D. (2014) Double Consciousness: The Negotiation of the Intersectionality of Identities Among Academically Sucessful Black Women. Colorado State University.
  6. Jordan-Zanchery, J. S. (2017) ‘Am I a Black Woman or a Woman Who Is Black? A Few Thoughts on the Meaning of Intersectionality’, Politics & Gender, 3(7).
  7. Nchanji, E., Nkengla, L. and Ajambo, S. (2018) Complexity of intersectionality: relevance to African research, CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Reseach. Available at: https://gender.cgiar.org/grit-intersectionality-african-research/ (Accessed: 18 June 2019).
  8. Phakeng, M. (2015) Leadership: The invisibility of African women and the masculinity of power. South African Journal of Science, 111(11/12), 2 pages.
  9. Equality Challenge Unit, Intersectional approaches to equality research and data (2017).
Sustainability-Research-and-Innovation-(SRI)-Launch-.aspxSustainability Research and Innovation (SRI) Launch
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Recognizing the fragmented nature of sustainability engagement, the lack of a professional society to support sustainability careers (both academic and non-academic), and limited community convening for transdisciplinary efforts at the science-society-innovation nexus, we have developed a new opportunity, SRI2020 (http://sri2020.org).

The Belmont Forum, together with Future Earth, is launching an event series focused on Sustainability Research and Innovation.  The purpose of these annual events is to:

• build transdisciplinary science community, inclusive of all sectors and knowledge streams

• legitimize sustainability as a career through the formation of a professional society

• provide a venue for training, mentoring, valorization, and synthesis

• connect through demonstration, development of best practices, and engagement with a broad swath of stakeholders

• foster green entrepreneurship and sustainable innovation

• co-develop action to advance sustainability pathways

• provide an interactive space for the range of sustainability funders to explore new partnership models and synchronize complementary activity

• increase uptake through effective public communication, including youth messaging

We are happy to announce that Brisbane will be hosting the first event on June 14-17, 2020.  The Executive Team is working together with program partners to source travel grants and co-develop demonstrations, public events, workshops, data and digital transformation engagements with sustainability stakeholders from governance, indigenous organizations, private sector, and academia.  If you are interested in becoming a program partner, please respond to this e-mail.

On September 18th, we will hold 2 webinars to announce the launch of an open call for session and event proposals: https://futureearth.org/2019/09/06/webinar-sri2020/  We hope you will join us to learn more and help us shape this exciting new series!


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Professionalisation in Research Management

The call for submission of applications to the International Professional Recognition Council (IPRC) for professional recognition is open and closes on 30 September 2019. 
There are currently two categories that are recognised, offering the following designations:
1) Research Management Professional (RMP) and
2) Senior Research Management Professional (SRMP).
Candidates will be required to submit a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) to demonstrate the nature of their prior knowledge and experience acquired over a specified period. The level of detail and supporting documentation provided within your PoE is critical to your application being successful.
If you are considering applying, then join us for a webinar that will provide some insight and guidance into the application process and what you need to consider before proceeding with your application.
There will also be an opportunity to raise any questions you may have on the application and review process.   


Date of webinar: 10 September 2019
Time of webinar: (English)13h00 – 14h00 CAT.

(French)15h00 – 16h00 CAT.
Please register by Tuesday, 9 September at 4 pm.
Cost: Free


The webinar will be hosted on the Adobe Connect platform. You will receive a link to Adobe Connect, together with instructions on how to utilise the platform, once you have registered.


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We would like to share with you this video about the Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA 2030 Africa) that supports African early - career scientists to generate new solutions-oriented knowledge on sustainable futures of African cities, in partnership with local authorities, industry, communities, and government. 

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing videos of individual LIRA projects. We would appreciate if you could share these videos through your networks. 

The LIRA 2030 Africa programme is being implemented by the International Science Council together with its Regional Office for Africa and in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), with financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The five-year programme aims to increase the production and use of solution-oriented, contextualized and policy-relevant knowledge on sustainable development in cities across Africa. Given the complexity, uncertainty, and contested nature of urban challenges, the LIRA programme promotes transdisciplinary (TD) research, i.e. knowledge co-design and co-production with key stakeholders, in a specific urban context in Africa.

To achieve its goal, the LIRA programme supports collaborative research projects led by African early career researchers. These research projects aimto test the effectiveness of TD approach in overcoming the knowledge-action gap required for addressing sustainability challenges in African cities. 

Since 2016, the LIRA programme has supported 28 collaborative research projects across Africa. Each project brings together cities across at least two countries in Africa. The goal is to foster research collaboration across African research institutions and learning across cities. A particular emphasis is made on ensuring participation of low-income countries in research collaboration. The list of LIRA projects can be found at https://bit.ly/2xnYHS7. Twenty-two countries in Africa are covered by the projects, including Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. 

The LIRA programme also provides capacity building activities on how to undertake knowledge co-design and co-production. The programme also offers opportunities for scientific exchange and for South–South research collaboration through Annual Research Forums. Outstanding early-career scientists also have opportunities for career development through participation in international scientific committees and conferences, working groups and inter-governmental policy processes.  

The programme will end in December 2020. We are starting the process for developing the next phase of the LIRA programme, to be led by an African research institution. If you are interested to work with us on the creation of such a programme, please contact us at  katsia.paulavets@council.science.

If you are interested to hear more about LIRA and other ISC activities, please subscribe to our newsletter here.

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​This pan-African endeavour aims to position African scientists at the cutting edge of data-intensive science by stimulating interactivity and creating opportunity through the development of efficiencies of scale, the creation of critical mass through shared capacities, and amplifying impact through a commonality of purpose and voice. The founding members of the AOSP are operationalising the platform, to be initiated during a meeting of the founding members and international funders during 02-03 September 2019, hosted by Dr. Ismail Serageldin of the Library of Alexandria. It is anticipated that the fully-fledged platform will be launched in 2020. The DST, NRF, the International Council of Science, CODATA, and the SA Academy of Science, actively participate in the initiative.

For more information: http://africanopenscience.org.za/

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The GCRF global multimorbidity seed-funding call is an MRC initiative that has been developed in collaboration with Wellcome, NIHR, and AMS. The call will support seed-funding projects that develop and test innovative ideas, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, build capacity, and lay the groundwork for future large-scale activity aimed at understanding and tackling multimorbidity in LMICs.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Principal Investigators (PIs) based at organisations in LMICs, as well as from eligible research organisations based in the UK working in equitable partnership with LMIC colleagues.

It is expected that a total of £2.5 million will be made available to support research grants up to 18 months in duration and up to a maximum of £200,000.

The research supported through this GCRF call will contribute to the UK’s commitment to Official Development Assistance (ODA) to LMICs. Applications must demonstrate the research to be primarily relevant and directly linked to near-term benefits to the health and/or economic development of LMICs.

Click here to read more. 

Mobility,-Gender-and-Career-Development-in-Higher-Education-Results-of-a-Multi-Country-Survey-of-African-Academic-Scientist.aspxMobility, Gender and Career Development in Higher Education: Results of a Multi-Country Survey of African Academic Scientists
2019-08-15 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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​Authors: Heidi Prozesky and Catherine Beaudry

Empirical knowledge of the mobility of African scientists, and women scientists in particular, holds an important key to achieving future success in the science systems of the continent. In this article, we report on an analysis of a subset of data from a multi-country survey, in order to address a lack of evidence on the geographic mobility of academic scientists in Africa, and how it relates to gender and career development. First, we compared women and men from 41 African countries in terms of their educational and work-related mobility, as well as their intention to be mobile. We further investigated these gendered patterns of mobility in terms domestic responsibilities, as well as the career-related variables of research output, international collaboration, and receipt of funding. Our focus then narrowed to only those women scientists who had recently been mobile, to provide insights on the benefits mobility offered them. The results are interpreted within a theoretical framework centered on patriarchy. Our findings lead us to challenge some conventional wisdoms, as well as recommend priorities for future research aimed at understanding, both theoretically and empirically, the mobility of women in the science systems of Africa, and the role it may play in their development as academic leaders in African higher education institutions.

2019 Mobility, Gender and Career Development in Higher Edu Africa.pdf

Click here to view the full open-access book on the African Minds website. 

Survey-on-research-costing---ESSENCE.aspxSurvey on research costing - ESSENCE
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Funder-collaborative, ESSENCE on Health Research, is conducting research to inform an update to its good practice document on research costing low- and middle-income countries.

The ESSENCE on Health Research (https://www.who.int/tdr/partnerships/essence/en/ ) grouping of funders includes both private and public actors, like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Academy of Sciences, Canada's International Development Research Centre and the Wellcome Trust, to name a few. Part of this funder-collaborative's mission, through its series of good practice documents on topics such as evaluation of research for development, planning, monitoring and evaluation and research capacity strengthening is to encourage more impactful and more sustainable research.

In 2012, ESSENCE release a good practice document called the 'Five keys to improving research costing in low- and middle-income countries (https://www.who.int/tdr/publications/year/2017/five_keys/en/).

With its chapters on cost definition, indirect cost rate determination, grant management, skills development, and working with funders, the "Five Keys" should be required reading for research managers.

In addition, its suite of multi-media training materials (https://www.who.int/tdr/publications/using-five-keys/en/) can be adapted for longer or shorter workshops and practical exercises, to reinforce the concepts addressed in the Five Keys.

New data and case studies

More than half a decade later, in 2019, ESSENCE is updating the Five Keys with fresh survey data and new case studies from both a funder and grantee perspective.

The update was prompted by a recognition of changes to the management and funding contexts in which research is taking place.

ESSENCE's goal in this project is to distil new ideas and practices shaping how research organizations price projects and manage grants.

Are recipients costing accurately, accounting for as much of the full economic cost of undertaking the work?

Or are they "short-changing" themselves in pursuit of exposure, short-term gain, but ultimately failure over the longer-term?

Costing research accurately and comprehensively is not just a challenge for recipients.

Funders, too, have an increasingly keen interest in research that delivers value for money. Here, funders have role to play in setting fair and transparent policies for the reimbursement of project direct and indirect costs.

To all intents and purposes, many research funders are also keen to work within the context of local know-how and the unique development trajectories of their grantees, which means the need for harmonisation between grantee and grantmakers remains critical.

Call to action

By completing this ESSENCE survey, you or your organisation can contribute to the deepening of good costing practices globally, and to be better, more sustainable research locally.

You can also use the survey's questions to reflect on your own research costing experiences—a process you might find helps your organisation to clarify its own practices and challenges.

Take the survey now

If you are a research funder, please click here (https://forms.gle/yZLKiuRbtmJ1hiFN9) – survey available in English

If you are a funding recipient (grantee), please click here (https://www.who.int/tdr/partnerships/essence/survey-five-keys-good-practice-doc/en/) – survey available in English, Spanish and French

PASET-RSIF-PhD-Scholarships.aspxPASET RSIF PhD Scholarships
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3-4 Year Doctoral Training Scholarship in PASET RSIF Priority Thematic Area

Deadline for Applications has been extended to 26th July 2019 at 5:00pm (GMT)

The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led initiative with the objective of strengthening skills in the Applied Science, engineering and Technology to further socio-economic transformation in sub- Saharan Africa (SSA). The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is the flagship program of PASET. The primary objective of RSIF is to train high quality PhD and post-doctoral students to address the human resource gap of highly qualified specialists in the fields of applied sciences, engineering, and technology (ASET) and to contribute to improving research and innovation capacities in those fields in sub-Saharan Africa. RSIF supports PhD students, post-doctoral scientists and universities in SSA to establish a high-quality training, research and innovation environment and to develop their institutional capacity for the benefit of the whole region.

RSIF is currently funded by contributions from African governments, the World Bank and the Government of Korea; and implemented by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya, as the RSIF Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU-icipe).

The PASET priority thematic areas are: ICTs including big data and artificial intelligence; food security and agribusiness; minerals, mining and materials engineering; energy including renewables; and climate change.

About the PASET-RSIF PhD Scholarship

Applications are invited from candidates interested in receiving international-quality PhD training, and access to research and innovation ecosystems at a PASET RSIF African Host University:

  • 45 RSIF PhD scholarships are available for nationals of sub-Saharan countries who do not have a PhD degree, and who are not currently enrolled in any PhD Program

  • The scholarships cover all major costs of the PhD Program including; university tuition and fees, competitive stipend to cover living expenses, travel between to African Host University and home, medical insurance, supervisor and research support.

  • Scholars will spend 6-24 months ‘sandwich’ training at a premier local, regional or international partner university, research institute or private company.

  • Access to mentorship, leadership and capacity building opportunities.

  • Be a part of an expanding network of emerging leaders in ASET fields in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • RSIF scholars will have access to competitive research grant awards by submitting proposals

    in collaboration with their faculty and international partners.

  • The RSIF scholarships will be awarded in September 2019 to begin studies in October 2019.

    Eligibility Criteria

  • Master’s degree holders in a relevant field of study

  • Citizens of a sub-Saharan African country willing to enroll full-time in a PhD program at an RSIF

    African Host University

  • Priority will be given to women and existing young academic faculty at African Universities

  • Demonstrate leadership potential, such as community service in areas related to PASET RSIF fields

    of study

  • Further information on the PhD program specific requirements and RSIF AHU admissions criteria

    can be found here: RSIF African Host Universities and available PhD programs 

Application Procedure
Completed application forms and accompanying supporting documents must be received ONLINE through the following website LINK.


Deadline for applications: 26th July 2019 at 5:00pm (GMT)

Please address any questions to : Sagal Abdulle, Doctoral Scholarships Officer, Regional Coordination Unit (RCU), icipe rsifcalls@icipe.org 

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SARIMA hands over short-courses certificates

SARIMA has partnered with the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits), Wits Digital Campus and LMRG, to develop and deliver a series of six accredited online short courses. Five of these are focused on Research Management and one on the basics of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. On completion of each of these courses, the course participants receive a Wits University certificate of competence.


SARIMA has embarked on the development and delivery of a suite of virtual courses to allow our broader membership, especially those beyond South Africa, easier access to training interventions. The online short-courses also form part of the SGCI Theme 1 interventions delivered by SARIMA. Furthermore, there are a number of other benefits that such virtual courses offer our members and stakeholders: (i) savings on travel costs, fees and time, (ii) access to course material that may be viewed offline to minimise internet connectivity issues, and (iii) convenience of viewing the course material at any time, work or home.


During the 2019 Annual Regional Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, SARIMA handed over the first set of certificates to the various Science Granting Councils who participated in the initial call for the following courses: Fundamentals of Research Management, Programme Management, Research Grants and Contracts Management. We want to congratulate the Science Granting Councils for the successful completion of the courses.


We wish to extend our gratitude to the South African National Research Foundation, the Canadian International Development Research Centre, and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) for their funding support towards the development and delivery of our virtual courses.  Furthermore, we extend our thanks to the University of Cape Town for their generosity in allowing us access to their webinar and course hosting platform.

For more information regarding the online short-courses and regular updates please visit the SARIMA website.

Call-for-proposals-Breaking-systemic-barriers-to-women’s-participation-in-science.aspxCall for proposals: Breaking systemic barriers to women’s participation in science
2019-07-02 12:00 AMArmand Barnard
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​IDRC is now accepting research proposals to help improve gender equality and diversity in science education.



This call for research proposals aims to identify and address systemic barriers that stand in the way of greater participation by women and other underrepresented groups in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the public and private sectors in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The call is open to research institutions, consortia, or non-governmental organizations with proven research capacity. The institutions should have a strong presence in eligible low and middle-income countries. The research must be proposed and executed by an institution or group of institutions that are independent of the institution(s) to be studied.

The deadline for submissions is 15 August 2019.

Visit the funding page for more detailed information and to access the full call for proposals and submission guidelines. 

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