Science Granting Councils Initiative: Research uptake

The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa aims to strengthen the capacities of science granting councils in sub-Saharan Africa to support research and evidence-based policies that contribute to economic and social development. The initiative’s activities include training, regional exchanges and forums, online training, on-site coaching, and collaborative research. The initiative was developed jointly by IDRC, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and South Africa’s National Research Foundation. Its ultimate goal is nationally-led research that contributes to development.

More specifically, the objectives are to strengthen the ability of science granting councils to: manage research; design and monitor research programs based on the use of robust science, technology, and innovation indicators; support knowledge exchange with the private sector; and establish partnerships with other science system actors.

A communications and outreach strategy has been developed to promote visibility and awareness of the Initiative's activities and impacts to targeted audiences. The strategy identifies a wide range of activities to collect, package, and share lessons learned to broader audiences within and beyond the region to feed into global efforts to strengthen science systems. Such activities include use of electronic media, branding and promotional materials, and engagement by experts such as the chief executive officers of science granting councils and science, technology, and innovation thought leaders at strategic events. This project will support implementation of the communication and outreach activities over 48 months.

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End Date

Friday, August 7, 2020


30 months

IDRC Officer

Ellie Osir

Total funding

CA$ 168,728


South of Sahara


Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa, Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Erika Kraemer-MBULA


University of Johannesburg

Institution Country

South Africa

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Project Leader

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg


International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (a.k.a. World Agroforestry Centre)

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