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Three East African universities have benefited from part of a USD $1.6 million grant from Carnegie Corporation in New York to two university based research networks in Africa. University of Nairobi, Uganda's Makerere University and Tanzania's Sokoine University were awarded US$800,000 through their Natural Products Network of Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA). NAPRECA aims to increase competence in science and technology of natural products to foster socio-economic development in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Millennium Science Initiative is the new kid on the block of international science. It came out of science's favorite process—serendipity—and its mission is to nurture world-class science and scientific talent in the developing world. One of its lasting results may be to slow, if not halt the brain drain of young scientists from developing countries. In the four years since the Millennium Science Initiative (MSI) was launched in collaboration with the World Bank, it has established 10 research institutes in Chile, 5 research entities in Mexico, and seventeen projects in Brazil.

Adenike Olasiende, a student in the RISE-AMSEN network, has been selected as a recipient of the Tata Africa Scholarship, which is awarded to women scientists in areas in which the participation of women is traditionally low. Read about the winners of the South African Women in Science Awards here.

A Chilean initiative aimed at boosting the nation's research output has substantially increased scientific publications and trained more than 300 young researchers in its first four years. These are the main findings of a progress assessment for Chile's Millennium Science Initiative (MSI), released on 19 April. The MSI is a collaboration between Chile and the World Bank. It was launched in 1999, creating three cutting-edge research institutes and five smaller centers called 'nuclei'.