The European Union’s (EU) “African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence” (ARISE) pilot programme has awarded 44 early career researchers from 38 African countries with grants of up to €500 000 to develop cutting-edge research.
ARISE promotes science, technology and innovation as critical drivers of development and sustainability. With the strategic guidance of the European Union and the African Union (AU) and implemented by the African Academy of Sciences, it aims at boosting and further unlocking Africa’s potential for innovation by supporting the next generation of scientific leaders. The EU is contributing €25 million to the programme with a view to support building a critical mass of role models for African researchers, and also enable, and secure their career development to contribute to retaining research talents on the continent.
The awarded research projects have been competitively selected from a total 929 applicants. Their research is diverse and reflect the EU-AU joint priorities, ranging from providing renewable energy solutions and addressing climate change, to tackling food security and targeting health and environmental problems that are most acute for people living in African countries. Over a period of five years, scientists will be able to set up their own research teams in an African University or research institution and develop innovative research and their own independent teams.
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