RISE: Regional Initiative in Science and Education
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RISE prepares PhD and MSc-level scientists and engineers in sub-Saharan Africa through university-based research and teaching networks in selected disciplines. Its primary purpose is to strengthen science and engineering research and teaching in African universities by training new academic staff and upgrading the qualifications of existing staff. RISE has a broader goal of building capacity in science, technology and innovation as a key to economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.
In a competition that attracted 48 proposals from 29 African countries in 2008, five networks were selected by an international panel of distinguished scientists to receive three years of support. Following a review of their achievements as of late 2010, all five networks were renewed for an additional three years.
RISE is supported by grants from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Each of the networks has also attracted supplementary program funding and individual research grants from a variety of sources.
International Partners: While RISE grant funds are used for activities within Africa, RISE networks are also encouraged to engage in collaborative activities with individuals and institutions outside of Africa. SIG facilitates partnerships in the form of visits by senior faculty from outside of Africa to RISE network nodes, semesters at non-African universities for RISE network students, and international research collaborations.
Princeton and Duke Universities have provided research opportunities for RISE students: Princeton through its VSRC program and Duke through its Africa Initiative. Representatives of other universities outside of Africa interested in exploring partnerships with RISE networks are encouraged to contact us.