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Tuesday, 06 November 2012

Royal Society and DFID launch fund for African research

A £15.3 million (EUR 19 million) fund to build links between African research laboratories and strengthen their research capacity through mentoring has been launched by the Royal Society (the UK's science academy) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).  The aim is to provide equipment and training for African scientists, and to establish researcher exchange programmes between the United Kingdom and Sub-Saharan Africa.
John Omiti, principal policy analyst at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis, welcomed the funding initiative: "This is very important in [helping] energise African scientists to pursue research that is relevant and sensitive to specific priorities in different scientific disciplines".  However, he warned that the extent of the fund's positive effect on science in Africa will depend on how effectively the money is allocated to research that impacts real problems on the ground.

Source: SciDev Net