SGCI Participating African Science Granting Councils

Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Botswana
A knowledge based society enabling prosperity for all.
To provide and build knowledge and innovation through the development and implementation of Policy on Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology to transform Botswana into a knowledge-based society through effect stakeholder collaboration.
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National Commission for Science and Technology, Malawi
Fostering a nation with scientifically and technologically led sustainable growth and development.
Functions and Roles
The functions of the Commission shall be to advise the Government and other stakeholders on all science and technology matters in order to achieve a science and technology-led development. Read more on
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Fundo Nacional de Investigação, Mozambique
Be the mechanisms of financing and promotion of the system of science and technology of national, regional and international reference.
To promote the dissemination of scientific knowledge, scientific research, technological innovation and the training of researchers, contributing, in particular, to poverty reduction in the country and, in general, to the socio-economic development of Mozambique.
Promote Scientific Research, and Technological Development.
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National Commission on Research Science and Technology, Namibia
To be a coordinating agency that facilitates the development of Research, Science, Technology and Innovation towards socio-economic advancement for Namibia by 2022. The vision attempts to galvanize the various stakeholders and mechanisms/means that make up the funnel towards the creation of Research, Science, Technology and Innovation deliverables into an Research and Development commitment and spend that as a lead indicator will further socio-economic development in the context of a knowledge-based economy.
To establish and strengthen a national system that promotes, develops and informs Research, Science, Technology and Innovation through effective coordination to realize a knowledge-based society. The emphasis is on creating a systematic approach that links and coordinates stakeholders in a delivery funnel towards achieving optimal RSTI relevant deliverables and in that process furthers meaningful progress towards a knowledge based society (socio-economic system/society).
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National Science and Technology Council, Zambia
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. Science and Technology in Zambia is guided by the National Policy on Science & Technology. The broad objective of NSTC, as stipulated in the S&T Act No. 26 of 1997 is to promote science and technology so as to improve the quality of life in Zambia.
Promotion and Advocacy – the development of indigenous technological capacity; the use of science and technology in industry, the integration of gender concerns in science and technology development of broad national priorities in science and technology. Regulating research in science and technology including the registration of research and research development institutions and initiating special projects. Advising the government on science and technology related policies, the establishment of any new research and development institutions and national research development priorities. Mobilising and making available financial, human and other resources including science and technology information to research and development institutions. Coordinating research in science and technology in Zambia.
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Research Council of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
To be the pivotal leader, guiding all research towards the sustainable development of Zimbabwe.
To achieve this vision RCZ shall guide, coordinate and promote research activities by:
  • Directing relevant quality research and creating knowledge sharing platforms aimed at addressing national development priorities.
  • Developing and nurturing a research culture for evidence-based decision making.
  • Ensuring ethical, safe, and valid research practices.
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Ministry of Science and Technology, Ethiopia
To see Ethiopia entrench the capacities which enable rapid learning, adaptation and utilization of effective foreign technologies by the year 2022/23.
Coordinating, encouraging and supporting science and technology activities that realize the country's social and economic development.
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National Research Fund, Kenya
A world-class research funding agency for competitive knowledge economy.
To mobilize resources for research, capacity development, dissemination of findings and maintenance of inventory for advancement of Science Technology and Innovation for Sustainable National Development.
The Mandate of the Fund is to facilitate research for the advancement of science, technology and innovation as provided in Section 33 of the ST&I Act, 2013.
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National Council for Science and Technology, Rwanda
NCST strives to contribute to Rwanda’s transformation into a country where the potential of science, technology and innovation is fully harnessed and integrated to enhance people’s wellbeing, sustainable national economic growth, entrepreneurship and competitiveness.
Tasked with the mandate of providing informed and strategic policy advices to the Government on issues pertaining to the development of science, technology, innovation and research (STIR). NCST is also tasked with a special mandate of advising on human capacity building strategies to ensure the availability of a critical mass of skills in science and technology to support the achievement of a competitive and sustainable socio-economic development based on STIR.
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Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology, Tanzania
A prime driver of science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.
To foster knowledge based economy through promotion, coordination of research, technology development and innovation for sustainable development in Tanzania
  • To advice the Government on all matters relating to S&T including but not limited to the formulation of S&T policy, priority setting for R&D, allocation and utilization of resources.
  • To promote, coordinate, monitor and evaluate scientific research and technology development and technology transfer activities in the country.
  • To facilitate national, regional and international cooperation in scientific research and technology development and transfer.
  • To acquire, store, and disseminate scientific and technological information and popularize S&T.
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Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, Uganda
A prosperous Science and Technology Led Ugandan Society.
To provide effective and innovative leadership in the development, promotion and application of Science and Technology and its integration in sustainable national development.
The UNCST was instituted to implement the provisions of the UNCST Act 1990, CAP 209. Our primary goal is to develop and implement ways of incorporating science and technology in the national development process. The Council advises the government on relevant policy matters and coordinates research and development activities in Uganda.
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Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de I'Innovation, Senegal
DGRI - Directorate General for Research and Innovation
Under the authority of the Minister of Higher Education and Research, the Directorate General Research and Innovation is responsible for the coordination, harmonization of research and innovation and the sharing of resources. It assists the Minister in implementing the policy of research and innovation and the pooling of resources. It assists the Minister in implementing the policy of research and innovation. As part of its mission, the Directorate General for Research and Innovation:
  • Ensures the strengthening of links between the different components of the national research system to promote synergies.
  • Promotes the dissemination of research results and recovery.
  • Promotes research.
  • Contributes to the establishment of a research funding system and the diversification of funding resources.
  • Promotes scientific and technical culture.
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Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana
Core Function
  • Provide leadership and guidance for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation within the broad sector of the economy through sound policy formulation and implementation.
  • Ensure the establishment of the regulatory framework and setting of standards to govern the activities of science and technology and the management of the environment for sustainable development.
  • Promote activities needed to underpin the standards and policies required for planning and implementation of sound scientific and technological development activities.
  • Ensure the coordination, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of activities of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation while fulfilling national benefits-sharing commitments.
  • Set out the parameters required for programmes on environment, science, technology and human settlement in consultation with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in guiding the Districts Assemblies as the planning authorities at the local level.
  • Analyse and coordinate all planned programmes as well as budgets in the environment, science, technology and innovation sector of the economy for purposes of achieving a single integrated management system.
  • Initiate, simulate and coordinate research including the continuous development and review of policies, laws, rules and regulations in the environment, science, technology and innovation sector of the economy.
  • Ensure effective environmental management and governance.
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Fonds National de la Recherche et de l’Innovation pour le Developpement, Burkina Faso
To provide a secure framework for funding research and innovation activities. It will enable research and innovation to occupy a prominent place in the government's development policy. As such, it is particularly responsible to:
  • Provide a secure funding framework for research and innovation activities, the public sector and the private sector. Indeed, once a project is accepted with its budget, FONRID will finance it from start to finish without discontinuity.
  • To give greater visibility to the action of the government and its partners in favour of research for development. The research will be more oriented towards national priorities with a view to improving the living conditions of the populations and a capitalization of all the results will be made allowing a greater visibility of the results of the research and the donors.
  • To foster the development of reliable, high-quality research and innovation through competitive bidding and rigorous selection.
  • To contribute to promoting the results of research and technological innovation likely to be adopted by actors for development. FONRID's actions concern not only research but also the first stage of the valorisation of the results, which will consist in making known the results generated to other actors and users.
  • Set out the parameters required for programmes on environment, science, technology and human settlement in consultation with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in guiding the Districts Assemblies as the planning authorities at the local level.
  • To help support the consolidation of Burkina Faso's research programs. FONRID, in collaboration with other programs or projects, can partly finance research and innovation activities. FONRID can also intermediation and allow projects to jointly finance research, invention and innovation projects.
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Programme d'Appui Stratégique à la Recherche Scientifique, Côte d'Ivoire
  • The realization of high quality research and development projects.
  • The increase in the number of doctoral research students.
  • The increase in postdoctoral work promoting young researchers and teacher-researchers.
  • The capacity building of research structures by multiform support.
  • Strengthening South / South and North / South training and exchange activities.
  • The emergence of a National Fund for Science, Technology and Innovation(FONSTI).
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