The Science Initiative Group (SIG), based at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, USA, is dedicated to fostering science in developing countries. It was established in 1999 to provide scientific and administrative oversight for the Millennium Science Initiative, with which it was active through 2012. SIG's current project is the Carnegie-IAS Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE). RISE supports scientists and engineers pursuing MScs and PhDs in selected disciplines through regional university-based networks in sub-Saharan Africa.