Call for Expressions of Interest (EoI): Commissioned Studies - Public Private Partnerships in Research and Innovation

The Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) is pleased to launch a call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) for studies to be commissioned under its "Public - Private Partnerships in Research and Innovation" grants. Three regional studies will be commissioned to:

  • Identify, analyze and share the subtle lessons behind the success of some of partnerships and collaborations between academia and industry while at the same time exposing the challenges that face the partnerships
  • Identify and highlight key areas of (a) mutual interests (b) disagreements/ "points of conflict" that either glued together the partnerships or made them break apart
  • Interrogate the institutional and governance architecture of the partnerships and how internal disputes that may have arisen were resolved
  • Map out the unique policies, processes, practices that may have led to the success or failure of the partnerships
  • Tease out lessons/action guides for the science granting councils on how to catalyze, manage and enhance knowledge exchange between the academia and the private sector

The studies are expected to focus on the following areas:

  • Industrial Manufacturing in East Africa: with special attention/focus on the pharmaceutical sector
  • Health Systems in Southern Africa: With a special focus on systems strengthening/financing
  • Natural Resource Management in West Africa: With a special focus on biodiversity, traditional medicine and climate change

Applications are invited from researchers with interest, expertise and track record in any of the highlighted areas. The deadline for application is 20th October 2018 and projects are expected to last 6 months from inception. For further details, refer to the concept note and terms of reference. Further enquiries may be directed to Maurice Bolo [email: ] before 5th October 2018.