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Public-private Co-funding Mechanisms
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Public-private Co-funding Mechanisms

Presentation by Tony Mitchell at the CAAST-Net Plus Workshop for Early-career Energy and Technology Policy Researchers (Kigali, Rwanda: 21-22 July 2016). [Image credit: TM]

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Funding Windfall for Ugandan, Swedish Universities
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Funding Windfall for Ugandan, Swedish Universities

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An agreement signed by Uganda and Sweden will see a total of 16 universities in the two countries collaborate to enhance research capacity, boost research uptake and increase local development in Uganda, a SciDev.net article reports. The five year deal is worth close to €30 million, the article reports, and funding will be awarded to five Ugandan universities and eleven Swedish partners. “Researchers will delve into subjects such as governance, social protection, climate change, infectious diseases, food security, communication technology, gender, sexuality, religion and ethics,” Urban Andersson, the Swedish Ambassador to Uganda, told SciDev.net. The funds will also support academic training through masters, doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. Universities involved in the deal include: Makerere University, Kyambogo University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (from Uganda); and Uppsala University and the Karolinska Institutet (from Sweden). [Image credit: Flickr, CIAT]

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Read All About It: AESA Launch
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Read All About It: AESA Launch

Kenya hosted last week’s launch of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA). [Image credit: Twitter, Linda Nordling]

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Coming Soon: Launch of Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa
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Coming Soon: Launch of Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa

A new funding platform to develop African science strategies will kick-off in Kenya on 10 September. The establishment of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) was announced earlier this year. Funding for AESA is provided by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The launch will include a panel discussion on the “Future of Africa’s R&D”, along with an announcement of two new research funding programmes. “A panel of eminent leading African policymakers, leading scientists, business and youth leaders will discuss and debate topics that include the needs for domestic financing for R&D programmes in Africa,” says an announcement published on the African Academy of Sciences website. [Image credit: Flickr, DFAT]

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Next Horizon 2020 Calls Coming Soon
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Next Horizon 2020 Calls Coming Soon

The second round of Horizon 2020 calls, covering the period 2016-2017, are expected to be published in either September or October 2015, according to a newsletter of the European Union delegation to the African Union.

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Conference Travel Grants for African Research, Innovation Managers
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Conference Travel Grants for African Research, Innovation Managers

Are you keen to attend the Research and Innovation for Global Challenges conference taking place from 12-14 May 2015 in South Africa? If so, you could be eligible to apply for one of four categories of travel grants announced by the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA).

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UK Food Security, Climate Change Exchanges On Offer
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UK Food Security, Climate Change Exchanges On Offer

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The United Kingdom’s Royal Society and SABMiller have joined forces for an exchange programme between the UK and Africa. Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa are eligible although the organisers say special emphasis will be given to applicants from Ghana and Tanzania. The programme aims to award 5 grants over three years worth €28,500. Areas of interest for CAAST-Net Plus partners are agriculture, crop science and renewable energy. Applicants need to have a relevant PhD degree, a well matched collaborative partner applicant in the UK or Africa and certain other requirements outlined in the call. The deadline for applications is 30 April. [Image credit: Flickr/Iker Merodio]

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African Policy-makers Back Regional Health Science Funding Platform
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African Policy-makers Back Regional Health Science Funding Platform

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African leaders and policymakers have put their weight behind a new regional funding platform called the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) programme, the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) announced on 9 March. The plan will be launched at the next African Union (AU) summit in June and is the brain-child of the AAS and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. According to the AAS, AESA will initially focus on health as it relates to the AU’s Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa. “This pan-African platform offers an opportunity for the long-term development of research leadership, scientific excellence and innovation that impact on Africa’s developmental challenges,” the press release states. [Image credit: African Union]

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UK Funds Climate Disaster Research in Africa
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UK Funds Climate Disaster Research in Africa

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A new research programme was launched by United Kingdom funding agencies which will examine the risk posed by climate change and natural disasters on African cities. Funding of £3.3 million from the Economic and Social Research Council and the Department for International Development will be available for the Urban Africa Risk Knowledge (Urban ARK) projects targeting cities in Senegal, Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya and Niger. The UK’s King’s College London will lead the project. “The Urban ARK programme of work is international and interdisciplinary. Working closely with those at risk, urban planners, developers and humanitarian agencies will enable a research process that can highlight disaster risk drivers embedded in contemporary and emerging development trajectories,” said project leader, Professor Mark Pelling. [Image credit: DFID]

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