Dear ICSU National Members, Scientific Unions and Associates, based in Africa and/or working with Africa,
We would like to draw your attention that ICSU signed a five-year agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to work with NASAC and ISSC to support integrated science in Africa. The programme entitled <Leading integrated research for Agenda 2030 in Africa> seeks to develop the potential of next-generation scientists in Africa in production and communication of solution-oriented knowledge required for addressing complex regional sustainability challenges. The programme will provide two-year collaborative research grants (each 90 000 Euro/2 years) with a thematic focus on global environmental change, disaster risk reduction, sustainable energy, human health and well-being in urban environments and related nexus issues. The grants are intended to support integrated and solutions-oriented research by reaching across disciplines, and engaging with other knowledge partners (e.g. civil society, policy makers, and private sector). The grants are expected to foster research collaboration among early-career scientists in Africa, with an emphasis on researchers based in low income countries.
The programme will also provide training for early career scientists on co-design and co-production, science communication and science
advice to governments. Annual events will be organized to promote scientific exchange and provide opportunities for South-South and North-South research collaboration. Outstanding early career scientists will also have opportunities for career development through participation in
international scientific committees and conferences, working groups, and inter-governmental policy processes.
ICSU's co-sponsored international research programmes - Future Earth, Integrated Research on Disaster
Risk, and Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment - will provide an overall thematic framing for the programme's activities. In that way, ICSU aims to increase contribution from the African scientific community to the implementation of ICSU co-sponsored global research programmes.
Therefore, we would like to encourage you to use this opportunity and mobilise your scientific community to participate in the upcoming call for pre-proposals to be launched through ICSU website later during the summer (in the Northern Hemisphere). Representatives of successful pre-proposals will be invited to attend a training event on integrated research to be held during fall of 2016. Following the training,
participants will be given two months to develop full proposals, which will be peer-reviewed. Based on the review, the programme advisory
committee will make research funding decisions to be announced in the beginning of 2017.
Arno de Marchi