Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) Commissioned Studies: Public – Private Partnerships in Research and Innovation.


The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) is a 5-year Initiative which aims to strengthen the capacities of Science Granting Councils (SGCs) in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development. The objectives of this Initiative are to strengthen the ability of Councils to (i) manage research; (ii) design and monitor research programmes based on the use of robust science, technology and innovation (STI) indicators; (iii) support knowledge exchange with the private sector; and (iv) establish partnerships between Councils and other science system actors. The 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). The SGCI currently operates in 15 sub-Saharan Africa countries.

Theme 3 of the SGCI focuses on strengthening partnerships between Africa’s science granting councils and the private sector, with the ultimate objective to: (a) enhance knowledge exchange between academia and industry and (b) stimulate private sector investments into research and innovation. Theme 3 is being implemented by the ACTS Consortium comprising the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), The Scinnovent Centre, the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO) and the Association of African Universities (AAU). This document provides guidelines on the Concept and Terms of Reference (ToR) for three regional research studies to be commissioned by theme 3 of the Initiative.

Please download the complete Concept Note_Commissioned papers_01.10.18

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