South Africa’s National Research and Development Strategy (2002) identified the creation of viable vaccine development and biopharmaceutical industries as priorities to mitigate against the devastation caused by HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases.
The Drug Discovery Training Programme between South Africa (SA, i.e. Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation) and the United States of America (USA-initially Emory University) is therefore a direct response to these needs because it will contribute to producing high-quality human resources, the generation of high-quality knowledge, and the development and transfer of this knowledge to ensure tangible benefits to society.
The overarching purpose of the programme is to support and accelerate pharmaceutical research in SA through capacity building and knowledge transfer. It is envisaged that this would facilitate the South African and ultimately the broader African research community to be proactively involved in establishing and sustaining a needs-driven research agenda for economic and social development.
Current activities include:
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships for SA researchers who obtained their doctoral degrees not more than five years ago
- Research expertise advancement for SA researchers
- Short-term exchange visits for research collaborations between SA and the USA
- Doctoral Research Training
- Training workshops/short courses/seminars etc in South Africa
For more information please contact David Manamela at David@nrf.ac.za