Evidence in Policymaking

Initiative goals

We equip SGCs with the tools and knowledge needed to develop and implement policies grounded in robust science, technology, and innovation indicators. We have partnered with the councils to:

  • Strengthen their research and grant-making systems and procedures and scientific merit review.
  • Digitise their online grant management systems and databases of peer reviewers.
  • Integrate research excellence (particularly the knowledge and use of tools such as Research Quality Plus framework), research ethics, and emerging scientific practices in open and collaborative science (open access, open data and citizen science) in their work.
  • Facilitate their access to the Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) certification to improve grants management.
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer learning among Councils through staff exchanges and learning visits.
  • Support proposal development skills among the SGCs’ research grantees.

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Evidence in Policymaking News

Digital transformation project supports policy goals

All Science Granting Councils should become fully digital through the Evidence in Policy (Evi-Pol) project. Speed read Digital transformation project seeks to support evidence-based policy Aim is for all Science Granting Councils to become ‘fully digital’ Roadmap, coaching available to help councils towards this goal By Francis Kokutse [ACCRA] Robust digital data management systems are…

How Uganda is unlocking its research potential for long-term development and prosperity

Uganda’s National Research Outlook Report 2023 shows that Science, technology and innovation are set to play a vital role in the country’s socioeconomic development. The report, compiled by Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST), helps to identify system gaps in Uganda’s science and technology capacity. Addressing these gaps will help Uganda build resilience…

Implementing open science in East Africa is picking up speed

Stakeholders, including academics, researchers and policy-makers in Tanzania, intend to adopt open science and present the plan to the government and implementation partners for funding. However, the decision to make research more accessible means they also have to deal with several challenges. The East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO), Tanzania’s Commission for Science and…

Science Grant Councils

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Our work with Science Granting Councils (SGCs) focuses on six key themes:

Strategic Communications and Knowledge uptake

Strategic Communications and Knowledge uptake

Gender and Inclusivity

Gender and Inclusivity

Private Sector Engagement

Private Sector Engagement

Research Management

Research Management



Impact we’re having

Low-tech health app engages

Five years after its launch, PENSA – a mobile app developed in Mozambique— has been accessed by…

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