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THE ALLIANCE FOR ACCELERATING EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE IN AFRICA (AESA) IS A FUNDING PLATFORM ESTABLISHED BY THE AFRICAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND THE NEW PARTNERSHIP FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT (NEPAD) AGENCY WITH THE AIM OF DEVELOPING SCIENCE STRATEGIES AND FUNDING RESEARCH IN AFRICA.

AESA seeks to develop research leadership and promote scientific excellence and innovation to overcome some of Africa’s developmental challenges that include the shortage of researchers to deal with its disease burden.

The African Union heads of state endorsed the establishment of AESA, whose goals are in line with the Science Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024) - the African Union’s blueprint for developing science- at their 24th Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 30-31 January 2015.

Scope

AESA supports initiatives in all areas of science, particularly health research, relevant to Africa.  AESA does this by:

  • Managing entire grant cycles to support research initiatives being implemented in partnership with other pan African and international organisations.
  • Providing support to the scientific community through a range of workshops and mentorship programmes for career researchers and grantees.
  • Functioning as a think-tank, helping to set and align the science agenda for the African continent

Programmes falling under AESA include the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa initiative, the Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) and the Grand Challenges Africa initiative.

Proposal Development Workshops

AESA runs workshops to support postdoctoral scientists to write better proposals by developing their understanding of funders’ requirements, the proposal production process and how proposals are assessed.

The first of the proposal development workshops was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 20- to 22 July 2015.  Thirty participants from 15 African countries were selected for sponsorship following a rigorous screening process. The course was delivered by a panel of facilitators drawn from AESA, the Medical Research Council in The Gambia, the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust in the UK.

Think tank functions

AESA is leading the AAS’ work in using research to inform policies by:

  • Creating committees of experts in the six science areas– climate change; health and wellbeing; STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics); water and sanitation; sustainable energy; food security and nutritional wellbeing that we focus on, to promote evidence-based policymaking. The first of these is the Health and Wellbeing Committee, which will review and provide evidence for making sound health policies.
  • Under the NEPAD Agency’s leadership, AESA is also leading efforts to develop an African health research strategy for the AU.

Email communication@aasciences.org to receive updates, access think tank services or to partner with AESA.

Partners

The AAS and the NEPAD Agency created AESA with the support of the  Wellcome Trust, the UK’s Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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DELTAS Africa grantee Dixon Chibanda

DELTAS Africa grantee Dixon Chibanda

Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS​) Africa Initiative

The DELTAS Africa programme, a scheme initiated by the Wellcome Trust in partnership with AESA and other partners, supports the African-led development of world class researchers and research leaders in Africa.

 

 

Grand Challenges Africa

Grand Challenges Africa is a scheme aimed at inspiring innovation to address and significantly impact major health problems in Africa.  The initiative, which is a partnership between the AAS-AESA and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will award seed and full grants based on the scope of the projects.
 

 

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Good Financial Grant Practice Programme

The Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) is a programme under the AESA platform that will involve the development of a pan African standard.

Read more about this programme.