*Research Africa offers comprehensive, global news coverage of science, technology and innovation policy, and the use of research to provide solutions to Africa’s development needs.

*Research Africa is the definitive source of information about sponsors of African science and development research funding programmes, and brings you details of all their calls for applications for funding.

It exists to inform senior researchers, research managers, administrators and everyone interested in the science and innovation research strategy of their institution, their country, and the international agencies.

Africa is a large and rapidly growing market for research, as seen in the numbers of funding opportunities that are open to researchers. The most frequent sponsors of research in Africa include the National Research Foundation and Medical Research Council in South Africa, the UK Department for International Development, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and various national development organisations, such as USAID, NZAID, and AUSAID. Subject matter varies, but much of the funding is for agricultural programmes and healthcare research, especially work on diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/Aids.

Africa is very different from the other areas we report on, as the majority of its funding comes from outside the continent. As a result we have extended our editorial remit to cover smaller sponsors who provide funding for grassroots organisations undertaking development activities that are not necessarily directly related to academia or innovation. In this respect, *Research Africa has an extended scope of funding opportunities that are relevant to our readers.



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