Call for: Expressions of interest
Deadline: August 31, 2015 by 10:00 (10:00 AM) (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
This call is open to all organizations such as research institutes, university research and academic centres, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, science academies, and stakeholder organizations with a legal corporate registration. Organizations based in sub-Saharan Africa are strongly encouraged to apply. The initiative is keen to engage with organizations with a shared vision of nurturing long-term relationships among various national science system actors, including science granting councils.
Duration: 60 months
Budget: CA$2.4 million
This call aims to select collaborating technical organizations (such as research institutes, university research and academic centers, think tanks, NGOs, science academies, and stakeholder organizations with a legal corporate registration) to oversee and deliver capacity-strengthening activities for science granting councils in sub-Saharan Africa. The 5-year initiative aims to strengthen the capacities of Science Granting Councils to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development. In doing so, the initiative will help councils to:
- manage research;
- design and monitor research program based on the use of robust science, technology, and innovation indicators;
- support knowledge exchange with the private sector; and
- establish partnerships with each other and with other science system actors.
Applicant organizations will be pre-qualified based on the criteria outlined in the documents below. Successful applicant organizations will be expected to oversee and deliver capacity-strengthening activities that correspond to the initiative’s objectives. These objectives will be achieved through various activities such as customized regional training courses and workshops, regional forums, online training, individualized on-site coaching, and collaborative research.
For more details, please see the documents below.
All additional questions should be addressed to SGCSSA@idrc.ca
This initiative is jointly funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF).