A new DFID / Royal Society capacity building initiative for Africa has just been announced, which will provide £15.3m (R200m) for scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between sub-Saharan Africa and research institutions in the UK. The aim of the scheme is to strengthen the research capacity of universities and research institutions in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting the development of sustainable research networks.
The scheme is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and demonstrates the UK government’s desire to partner African countries to boost African and UK sustainable growth, in this case through scientific collaboration.
Reflecting the growing importance of science and innovation across Africa, the UK government’s Science and Innovation Network (http://www.bis.gov.uk/sin) has recently been expanded through new positions in South Africa and Nigeria.
Main link to programme:
British High Commission in South Africa