The Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) has been recognised with a Science Diplomacy Award during South Africa’s 2017 Science Forum.
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.
NRF Stakeholder Engagement Workshop and Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) Annual Regional Meeting
During 3-7 July 2017, the NRF is hosting more than 100 representatives of science granting councils, universities, embassies and science ministries from 18 African countries for a stakeholder engagement workshop and the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa Annual Regional Meeting (ARM) in Pretoria, South Africa. The workshops present an opportunity to share experiences, network, and engage in robust discussions to support effectiveness in the implementation of science granting council mandates.
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.
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.