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Sub-Saharan Africa

Professor Esther Mwaikambo, President of the Tanzanian Academy of Sciences, at an event to induct Fellows to the Academy

The Royal Society has a long history of promoting science in Africa by supporting collaborations, networks and exchanges between scientists and building the capacity of scientific institutions.

Our work aims to build sustainable research capacity to support economic growth and development.

Recognising excellent science

Each year we present the Royal Society Pfizer Award to a scientist making an innovative contribution in the biological sciences to promote capacity-building in Africa. In 2015, to mark the 10th anniversary, there will be two awards presented: an Early Career Award and an Advanced Award.

Previously, the Royal Society Pfizer Africa Academies Programme provided training, mentoring and project support to develop and strengthen national science academies in Ghana, Tanzania and Ethiopia in partnership with Network of African Science Academies (NASAC).

Supporting research consortia

Our Africa-focused grant schemes support the development of promising individuals within the African research community.

The SABMiller Royal Society Exchange Programme provides awards to enable African scientists in sub-Saharan Africa to partner with UK-based institutions.

The Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative is for scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK.

Advice for policy makers

Many of our policy projects tackle issues relevant to Africa. We promote evidence-based policymaking through our global partnerships and support of the The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

Our report on Resilience to extreme weather examined human resilience to weather- and climate-related extreme events and considering measures that can be taken to protect lives and livelihoods.

People and the planet, published in 2012, investigated the links between global population and consumption, and the implications for a finite planet.

Improving access to journals

We are partners in a number of international schemes to make scientific journal articles available immediately and free of charge to the world's poorest nations.

Information by country

Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Academy of Sciences was one of three Academies supported under the Royal Society Pfizer African Academies Programme, which ran until 2015.

Ghana

The Ghanaian Academy of Arts and Sciences was one of three Academies supported under the Royal Society Pfizer African Academies Programme, which ran until 2015.

South Africa

Scientists in South Africa are eligible for Newton International Fellowships, Newton Advanced Fellowships and Newton Mobility Grants which all form part of the UK’s Newton Fund.

Tanzania

The Tanzanian Academy of Arts and Sciences was one of three Academies supported under the Royal Society Pfizer African Academies Programme, which ran until 2015.  A Royal Society delegation visited the Academy in 2013.