Supporting early-career African scientists to deliver cutting-edge research
The African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) programme is currently open for applications. The Guild, together with the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), organised a webinar on 13 July to support and provide information for the researchers applying for the novel programme.
In their joint positions, The Guild and ARUA have emphasized that to strengthen the African knowledge society, it is essential to strengthen the capacity for research excellence in African public universities. A long-term approach towards improving the research strengths of African universities is needed, developed with the support of an equitable partnership with European institutions. This is an approach that has recently been reinforced in a joint statement by over 20 national rectors’ conferences and the European University Association, representing over 1100 higher education institutions in Europe. The ARISE initiative responds to this call through a first pilot initiative, to fund world-leading frontier science by scholars at African universities.
The Guild and ARUA are committed to actively working towards reinforcing Africa’s R&I capacity. The webinar provided an opportunity for the prospective applicants to hear details about the funding call and share their questions for Obed Ogega, Senior Programme Officer at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).
Implemented by the AAS, ARISE will provide an opportunity to 40 early-career researchers to establish their own independent research teams to deliver cutting-edge frontier research. The chosen researchers will receive grants of up to €500,000 over a period of five years. The submission for applications closes on 30 July. Details how to apply can be found on the AAS website.
Jan Palmowski, Secretary-General of The Guild, said: “The fact that 150 researchers chose to participate on our event demonstrates the high level of interest in this scheme. It is in the interest of the entire science community that this pilot programme is a success, as we need the work funded by ARISE to address our key scientific challenges. It has been a real pleasure to host this important event in partnership with the African Research Universities Alliance.”
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