About SIG

The Science Initiative Group (SIG), based at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, is dedicated to fostering science in developing countries. SIG was established in 1999 to provide scientific and administrative oversight for the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI). It is governed by a six-member board and is run by a two-person full-time staff based at IAS.

SIG aims to incubate initiatives that ultimately become rooted in their home countries, and by 2012 the MSI was operating independently in Chile, Brazil, and Uganda. It currently serves as secretariat for the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE). Developed in 2007-2008 through an extensive consultative process, RISE supports scientists and engineers pursuing master's and doctoral degrees in selected disciplines through regional university-based networks in sub-Saharan Africa.

SIG's work has been supported by generous grants from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York.