The UK's Royal Society collaborates with the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) to strengthen the research capacity of universities and research institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. The program is the Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative. Priority research areas in the current funding cycle are water and sanitation; renewable energy; and soil-related research.The objectives of this capacity-building initiative are to:
- Facilitate sustainable multidisciplinary partnerships between research groups in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK;
- Strengthen research and training capacity in sub-Saharan African institutions of higher education through the skill transfer between partner organisations of the research consortia;
- Produce a cadre of young, talented researchers through integrated PhD scholarships and shared supervision of post-graduate students between the UK-based and African consortia members; and
- Evaluate the contributions of the Africa Initiative to supporting universities and institutions in Africa to develop sustainable research and research training capacity.
- Principal investigators must hold a PhD and be based in the UK or one of the eligible Sub-African countries.