and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) are pleased to
announce a new research chairs initiative that is set to transform the
African research landscape.
OR Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative, named after Oliver Reginald
Tambo, the pre-eminent South African leader and advocate of science and
technology, will support up to 10 top researchers from across Africa
over the next five years.
The Initiative has been designed to honour a leading figure in the
development of African unity; to make an important impact on the
development of research infrastructure in recipient countries; and to
contribute to knowledge production and high-end skills in alignment with
the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa.
Through international and regional strategic partnerships, the Chairs
will contribute to the development of long-term mutually beneficial
research collaborations on the continent. They will focus on world-class
research in diverse fields and on training graduate students at leading
universities in the 15 sub-Saharan African countries that make up the Science Granting Councils Initiative
(SGCI), a collaboration between IDRC, NRF, the Swedish International
Development Cooperation Agency, and the UK’s Department for
The application and selection process will be conducted using a
two-phase approach coordinated by NRF, which will also manage the Chairs
once awarded. The call for institutional expressions of interest is
being launched in December 2018 and the call for detailed chair-holder
applications will be launched in May/June 2019. Councils participating
in SGCI are expected to play a key role in the research and grants
management, implementation, and sustainability of the Chairs.
This exciting new research and development collaboration builds on
Canada’s and South Africa’s extensive experience in supporting research
chairs, including the South Africa-Canada trilateral research chair
program led by IDRC and NRF.
Read the call for institutional expressions of interest for the OR Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative.