Effective research and innovation partnerships with both academic and non-academic partners; and across borders are an increasingly strategic component in the internationalisation agenda of nations and regions. The implementation of African Union’s Agenda 2063, and its Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Strategy (STISA 2024) will be further enhanced through strategic partnerships and collaborations within and beyond the region.
The Global Research Council (GRC) Africa Regional Meeting and the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) Annual Forum was hosted by the Fundo Nacional De Investigacao (FNI), Mozambique, in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa during 23-25 November 2016.
Research on gender in STI continues to show that there are fewer women faculty in STEM at higher education and research institutions. A number of reasons for this have been put forward including limited professional development opportunities provided to early career female researchers, limited institutional support for work-life balance targeted to families in science; and discriminatory practices in hiring, promotion and retention.
During 25-29 April 2016, the German Research Foundation (DFG) hosted representatives of 12 African Science Granting Councils in Königswinter, Germany for a collaborative engagement. This marks the first activity in close cooperation with the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI) where an opportunity is leveraged with research funding agencies outside the African continent for collaborative learning on the different structures of research funding organisations, and their research management processes.
The NRF, in partnership with the Namibian Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST), co-hosted the Africa regional meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) in Swakopmund, Namibia from 16 to 17 November 2015. The aim of the regional meeting was to facilitate and coordinate deliberations and input on the two main themes “Equality and Status of Women in Research” and “Interdisciplinarity” identified by the GRC Governing Board. Five regional meetings are taking place in parallel around the globe during November-December 2015.
A number of strategic engagements between the NRF and its international partners are taking place in Tokyo this week on the eve of the Global Research Council’s (GRC) annual meeting. The meeting on 26-28 May 2015 is co-hosted this year by the NRF and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). It is the first time that a science granting council from the global south is co-hosting this seminal event.