IDRC and the National Research Foundation announce winning projects under new South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Initiative

For Immediate Release

Today, Jean Lebel, President of IDRC, and Dr. Molapo Qhobela, CEO of South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF), announced the winning projects under the new South Africa–Canada Research Chairs Initiative. The new South Africa–Canada Research Chairs Initiative is made up of the South Africa–Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partnership Initiative and the South Africa–Canada Research Chairs Mobility Initiative.

“This collaboration marks a huge leap forward in terms of building stronger linkages between Canadian and South African researchers. It is an example of how we can innovate in the way we collaborate and fund research,” said Jean Lebel, President of IDRC.

“Our approach is a fundamental expression of our collective belief in the essential role that research can and has to play, and the necessity of partnership to leverage our complementary strengths,” said Dr. Molapo Qhobela, CEO of South Africa’s NRF.

South Africa–Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partnership Initiative

The following new Trilateral Research Chairs were selected by an international review panel from a large field of strong proposals. Each of the projects will be awarded up to CA $ 1 million for up to five years.

South Africa-Canada-Kenya

This project, a collaboration between Tebello Nyokong (Rhodes University), Juan Scaiano (University of Ottawa), and Edith Amuhaya (United States International University-Africa), focuses on the use of nanotechnology to develop materials that can provide solutions for current environmental issues, such as water and soil decontamination, as well as the design of new systems to reduce the cost of current methods of purification. For more information, please see below in the Backgrounder.

South Africa-Canada-Uganda

This project is expected to be formally announced in Uganda in the coming weeks and involves Colleen Downs (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Colin Chapman (McGill University), and Patrick Omeja (Makerere University Biological Field Station, Uganda). It focuses on human-wildlife interactions impacting the rural poor of tropical countries. For more information, please see below in the Backgrounder.

South Africa–Canada Research Chairs Mobility Initiative

In addition, six mobility grants of CA $40,000 each have been awarded under this initiative to further develop research collaboration between Canada and South Africa. For more information, please see below in the Backgrounder.  

About Canada’s International Development Research Centre

Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive large-scale positive change.

About South Africa’s National Research Foundation

NRF promotes and supports research through funding, human capital development and the provision of the research infrastructure to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge.

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