The Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa is a US$100 million programme supporting the Africa-led development of world-class researchers and scientific leaders in Africa.


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This is a long-term programme, which, over an initial period of five years (2015-2020), is supporting 11 collaborative teams headed by world class researchers and spanning 54 lead and partner institutions from across the continent to invest in research infrastructure and offer training fellowships and mentorship.

DELTAS Africa’s ultimate goal is to produce researchers with the capacity to publish and lead locally relevant and high-quality research to impact health science, policy and practice in Africa.
This new generation of scientists will play a major part in shaping and driving a locally relevant health research agenda in Africa, contributing to improved health and development on the continent.

AESA is implementing the DELTAS Africa programme with the support of the Wellcome Trust and the UK’s Department for International Development and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

To realise its vision, DELTAS Africa funds programmes that address four strategic areas:

  1. Scientific quality: To produce world-class scientific research that addresses African health and research priorities through scientific discourse and collaborative supervision, DELTAS Africa promotes collaborations with well-resourced universities, research institutions and think-tanks to strengthen capacity.
  2. Research training: To strengthen scientific research training and build career pathways for scientific researchers DELTAS Africa focuses on the tertiary and postgraduate training of science students and professionals along a defined career pathway.  Training offered by DELTAS Africa programmes is designed to provide individuals at all career stages with the academic support and research facilities they need to develop into world-class researchers.
  3. Scientific citizenship: Foster mentorship, leadership and equitable collaboration in science, and engagement with public and policy stakeholders.

DELTAS Africa recognises that for research to achieve real impact it needs to be communicated to policymakers and the public. Communicating research findings to policymakers will ensure that the findings inform policy. At the same time, public engagement is also key to raise public awareness and interest in science, increase the uptake of new health policies and treatments, and strengthen relationships with local communities.

4. Research management and environment: To cultivate professional environments to manage and support scientific research
This recognises that developing and supporting research requires that researchers have access to skilled administrative support and adequate resources to compete at a global level; and that creating supportive, sustainable environments is crucial to developing research capacity.
These four strategic areas are recognised as necessary for strengthening, sustaining, attracting and retaining excellence in research.

DELTAS Africa objectives

DELTAS Africa seeks to:

  • Produce world-class scientific research to address African health and research priorities
  • Support the training of scientists and help them develop their careers
  • Nurture mentorship, leadership and equitable collaboration in science, and engagement with public and policy stakeholders
  • Cultivate professional environments to manage and support scientific research

Investment over the next five years

US$100 million to fund 11 programmes spanning 54 institutions from across Africa and 24
European institutions

Number of researchers to be trained

Map showing location of funded programmes