The Science Initiative Group (SIG) is dedicated to fostering science in developing countries. Formed in 1999 to provide scientific and administrative oversight for the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI), SIG is governed by a six-member board consisting of three scientists from developing countries, two leading US scientists and an entrepreneur. SIG is administered by a small staff based at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
Since 2008, SIG's attention has been devoted primarily to development and implementation of the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE). RISE prepares PhD- and MSc-level scientists and engineers in sub-Saharan Africa through university-based research and training networks in selected disciplines. Its primary emphases are on training new faculty to teach in African universities and on upgrading the qualifications of current faculty.