Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI): Theme 3

The SGCI is a multi-funder initiative that aims to strengthen the capacities of 15 science granting councils in Sub-Saharan Africa in order to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development. The SGCI contributes to strengthening the ability of science granting councils to:

  1. Manage research;
  2. Design and monitor research programmes based on the use of robust science, technology and innovation (STI) indicators;
  3. Support knowledge exchange with the private sector; and
  4. Establish partnerships between Science Granting Councils and other science system actors.

Theme 3 of the Initiative is about ‘Partnerships and Private Sector Engagements’. The activities of this theme focus on supporting councils to establish partnerships with other Councils and to foster public-private linkages in research for accelerated socio-economic development. The objectives are:

  • To conduct baseline studies, identify research priorities and support research projects
  • To support commissioned studies
  • To strengthen capacity of SGCs in coordination, regulation and quality assurance
  • To strengthen capacity of SGCs in designing cooperation agreements
  • To support knowledge exchange and learning

STIPRO is a member of the ACTS Consortium, which is the collaborating technical agency (CTA) for Theme 3.

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