AESA is committed to supporting the development of science, technology and innovation (STI) programmes in Africa. We are focused on supporting the best minds, working in conducive research environments, to design and implement programs that produce quality, relevant data, and innovations that have the potential to impact health and developmental challenges on the continent and globally.


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 solutions.

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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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Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP)

The Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) is a programme established to strengthen Africa’s research and development infrastructure by developing an innovative standard for the best practices in the management of funds awarded to grantees.

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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.

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STEM Learning

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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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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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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