Strengthening capacities of the National Commission for Science and Technology – Malawi in the management of research and innovation projects
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, SGCI has strengthened 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, SGCI is strengthening the capacities of councils in managing research, using 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 four years (2022–2025) in areas that complement SGCI’s ongoing activities. These areas include supporting the councils to fund and manage research and innovation projects.
The overall goal of this project is to support the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST-Malawi) to manage research calls in renewable energy, fisheries and aquaculture. This project will be implemented over 31 months in partnership with the Research Council of Zimbabwe and will focus on emerging technologies and development.