Research Management Boost for African Universities
6 March 2019
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is supporting the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) to support research management across Africa with the introduction of a management programme called Research Management Programme in Africa (ReMPRO Africa). The programme is being funded by UKRI, AAS, the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Department of Health and Social Care, The Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust.
Professor Andrew Thompson of UKRI Executive Champion for International, explains: “Developing efficient research systems is a crucial, capacity-building component to ensure international development research delivers sustainable solutions for a fairer, healthier and more prosperous future for all. That’s why UK Research and Innovation is delighted to be supporting the African Academy of Sciences in its ambitious programme to transform research systems in Africa. This programme will enhance the impact of current Global Challenges Research Fund investments and promote further collaboration between UK and African universities as we all work together to address the greatest challenges facing the world today.”
AAS Director of Programmes Professor Tom Kariuki adds. “For years, African researchers have routinely been spending upwards of 80% of their working week on routine administration, working evenings and weekends to carry out their research. This can threaten the delivery, integrity and quality of research which is why specialist research management services are needed to free up their time.”