The Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) is a programme to develop the skills and research results for early career African researchers in the field of climate change.

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Grand Challenges Africa

Grand Challenges Africa promotes Africa-led scientific innovations to help countries better achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by awarding seed and full grants to the continent’s most impressive innovators. Current priorities include maternal, neonatal and child health, anti-microbial resistance, biomedical engineering and key areas of infectious diseases and NCDs.

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The Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa is a programme led by AESA to develop world-class researchers and scientific leaders in Africa who will conduct cutting-edge health research in infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), population and public health.

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Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP)

Research thrives in environments with good research and financial management capacities. The Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) was established as an innovative tool for standardising, simplifying and strengthening financial governance, providing a specification for both grantors and grantees of what is good practice for financial management throughout the grant life cycle

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Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa)

The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative aims to facilitate a contemporary research approach to the study of genomics and environmental determinants of common diseases with the goal of improving the health of African populations. H3Africa programes are focused on infectious diseases and NCDs including kidney disease, sickle cell anaemia, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and stroke to lay the foundation for precision and genomic medicine in Africa.

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STEM Education

AESA is leading the African Academy of Sciences’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) efforts to implement capacity building, mentorship and networking programmes that promote scientific research and ensure that higher education systems are equipped to meet the demand for STEM education.

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Post-Doctoral Programmes

AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

The AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme is a scheme to support the training of postdoctoral researchers in Africa.

The AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme will build on the foundation of the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE), which has for a decade prepared PhD- and masters-level scientists and engineers in sub-Saharan Africa through competitively selected, university-based research and teaching networks, to respond to an urgent need to increase the number of researchers in Africa.

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The African Postdoctoral Training Initiative

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish a post-doctoral training fellowship program.

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Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships are for talented African early career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field.

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The Climate Research for Development (CR4D) in Africa initiative was conceptualized at the Africa Climate Conference in 2013 as a mechanism to strengthen links between climate science research and climate information needs to support development planning in Africa.

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Africa Science Desk

The Africa Science Desk is a project to build the capacity of science journalism in Africa. Over a two-year period, the African Academy of Sciences, the African Federation of Science Journalists and the South African Science Journalists Association through the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will provide funding to journalists in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa to produce science stories aimed at local or global news markets. At the AAS, the Africa Science Desk will be implemented through the AAS and the NEPAD Agency’s Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa, an agenda setting and funding platform.

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Mobility Programmes

Africa-India Mobility Fund

The  Africa-India Mobility Fund (AIMF) is a two-year programme designed to provide researchers from Africa and India with opportunities for short visits in either direction to explore opportunities for building and strengthening scientific collaborations. These are expected to enhance their skills and contribute to the growth of knowledge and leadership towards common health challenges.

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 Le Fonds de Mobilité Afrique-Inde

Science and Language Mobility Scheme Africa

The Science and Language Mobility Scheme Africa is a five-year programme seeking to strengthen scientific collaboration between researchers from Anglo and Francophone Africa while breaking language and cultural barriers. It is a collaboration between the African Academy of Sciences, Wellcome and Institut Pasteur providing travel grants for short term visits of up to six months to African researchers.

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 Programme de Mobilité Science et Langue en Afrique