Private Sector Engagement

Initiative goals

We support the development of policies to enable effective private sector engagement and the commercialization of research results and innovations. 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.

SGCI funded projects

Funding Call : Public sector Engagement

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Private Sector Engagement News

The wheat researchers at the field in Uganda

Uganda fights wheat gap with heat-resistant crop

Uganda develops new heat-resistant wheat varieties to boost domestic production and reduce reliance on imports. By Funke Ishola New climate-resistant wheat varieties developed in Uganda will reduce reliance on foreign exports and support local food production, according to agricultural researchers. Across Sub-Saharan Africa, there is a growing demand for wheat, but rising temperatures are putting…

Innovation for Development: SGCI-funded Projects in Africa

The inaugural Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) academic symposium took place on 6 December as part of the ongoing African Science Granting Councils and Partner Meetings in Cape Town. The SGCI has facilitated the funding of over 70 research projects across all scientific fields. Working together with the 17 science granting councils…

Research projects promoting Tanzania’s industrialization agenda.

When the late President John Magufuli delivered a speech to inaugurate the new Parliament at the end of 2015, he stressed that industrialization was a key priority of the government and that industries producing goods such as clothes, textiles and edibles would be encouraged. Other priority industries that the government pledged to invest in value-addition…

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

Research Management

Research Management

Evidence in Policymaking

Evidence in Policymaking



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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