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Project

Management of research and innovation funds by NCSRT – Namibia
 

South of Sahara
Project ID
110107
Total Funding
CAD 444,500.00
IDRC Officer
Ellie Osir
Project Status
Active
Duration
31 months

Programs and partnerships

Lead institution(s)

Project leader:
Luiza Mazarire
Namibia

Summary

The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) is a multi-donor initiative funded by IDRC, the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, South Africa’s National Research Foundation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the GermanRead more

The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) is a multi-donor initiative funded by IDRC, the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, South Africa’s National Research Foundation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the German Research Foundation. Since its inception in 2015, the SGCI has been strengthening the capacities of science granting councils in sub-Saharan African countries to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development. Specifically, the initiative has been strengthening the capacities of councils in research management; use of data and evidence in policy and decision-making; funding research and innovation projects; strategic communications and knowledge translation; and gender equality and inclusivity.

As part of the SGCI’s second phase, IDRC and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation agreed on a new partnership to deepen and extend SGCI’s strategic engagements with up to 17 councils over a period of four years (2022–2025) in areas that are complementary to ongoing SGCI activities. These areas include supporting the councils to fund and manage research and innovation projects.

The overall goal of this project is to support Namibia’s Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) to manage research calls in affordable green energy, climate-smart technologies, artificial intelligence in health, and space science technologies. The calls are also expected to strengthen NCRST’s research management capacity while promoting collaboration with the private sector and the involvement of women in research and innovation. This project will be implemented over a duration of 33 months in partnership with Zambia’s National Science and Technology Council and the Research Council of Zimbabwe.

About the partnership

Partnership(s)

Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa

Science granting councils perform crucial functions that contribute to the effective and efficient functioning of national science, technology and innovation (STI) systems.