Partnerships & Collaborations

RISE at the Inaugural Next Einstein Forum in Dakar, Senegal, March 2016

Donors       Related Organizations       News Media

RISE Universities & Institutions       Non-African Universities
Institute for Advanced Study
The Institute for Advanced Study housed the SIG secretariat from 1999 to 2019. SIG's Founding Chairman, Phillip Griffiths, was IAS Director when SIG was established in 1999.
African Academy of Sciences
SIG began working with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in 2000, when SIG and AAS co-organized a Nairobi meeting to explore possibilities for a Millennium Science Initiative in Africa. Among several subsequent gatherings hosted by AAS was the initial RISE planning workshop in 2007.
The long-evolving partnership between SIG and AAS culminated in April 2017 with the launch of the AAS-based AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme, a RISE successor initiative.
TWAS: The World Academy of Sciences TWAS played a key role in organizing the forums where leading African scientists were convened to develop the concepts for the African MSI, the Global Science Corps, and RISE. With its extensive network of top scientists, TWAS provided valuable resources and expertise to assist SIG in achieving its goals.
The World Bank
SIG began working with the World Bank in 1998, when the two organizations joined forces with the international scientific community to conceptualize and implement the Millennium Science Initiative. The partnership grew out of a series of discussions between IAS Director Phillip Griffiths and World Bank President and IAS Board Chair James D. Wolfensohn. SIG and the Bank worked cooperatively on the planning, design, and implementation of the MSI. SIG's cooperation with the Bank was key to the successful completion of three major lending operations in support of STI capacity building.
African Development Bank
SIG entered into a partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) at the 2nd Ministerial Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa, held in Rabat, Morocco from October 14-17, 2014.


Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York provided initial funding for the 1998 convocation in Chile that launched the MSI and continued to be a major supporter of SIG's programs through 2016, providing both funding and guidance. Discussions between Carnegie and SIG led to an initial concept for RISE, which was further developed in consultation with stakeholders in a planning process also funded by Carnegie. In January 2008, Carnegie Corporation provided a major grant to SIG to implement the initial phase of RISE, and renewal grants followed in 2011 and 2014. Carnegie's financial support for RISE and the pilot phase of its successor initiative, the AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Programme, totaled USD 17.5 million.
SIG was fortunate that several U.S. foundations were involved not only as funders but also as active partners in the development of its programs. Confidence in the MSI concept led the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to provide an initial grant in 1999 to support SIG's work to plan and administer the MSI. Two subsequent grants ensured that SIG would be able to continue its work as it sought additional funding. SIG's work was made possible by the willingness of Packard leadership to take a chance on what began as an ambitious vision.
The MSI tapped into the expertise of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where SIG board chair Phillip Griffiths previously served as Senior Advisor. The Mellon Foundation provided two grants in support of the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI)
Program officers from The Rockefeller Foundation provided guidance on how to refine the MSI design to better meet local needs and maximize the likelihood of its sustainability. Experts at Rockefeller's Health Equity Program worked with SIG in two areas: development of the Global Science Corps concept and support for a workshop in Mexico that sought to break down barriers between the scientific research community and the private sector.

Related Organizations

Planet Earth Institute From 2014–17, SIG worked in partnership with Planet Earth Institute, an international NGO aimed at furthering African scientific independence. SIG and PEI collaborated on various projects related to the science, technology and innovation agenda in Africa, most notably the annual PEI UnConferences held in London. PEI closed in 2018.
African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) The African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) was established in 2004 with pilot funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as a mathematics research and training network, with emphases on graduate education and applied mathematics.
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) represents the world's National Academies of Sciences. In 2004, a committee of the InterAcademy Council (since subsumed under the IAP umbrella) published a major study titled Inventing a Better Future: A Strategy for Building Worldwide Capacities in Science and Technology in which the MSI was included as a case study.
International Mathematical Union (IMU)
The International Mathematical Union (via its Commission for Developing Countries) worked with SIG to build capacity in mathematics in Africa through the African Mathematics Millenium Science Initiative (AMMSI).
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)'s Special Unit for South-South Cooperation worked with SIG to develop a component of the Global Science Corps emphasizing support for émigré scientists and South-South scientific collaboration.
Nelson Mandela African University of Science and Technology (NM-AUST)
A year-long partnership (2012–13) between SIG and the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria focused on joint programs in materials science and on fundraising efforts on the African continent.

News Media

SIG worked with the UK-based SciDev.Net, the world’s leading news source on science and technology for global development, on stories about the beginnings of the RISE program and its scholars' scientific projects. RISE collaborated extensively with SciDev.Net on the series "Africa's PhD Renaissance." SciDev.Net interviewed and filmed several RISE graduates for articles and podcasts.
AllAfrica Global Media
AllAfrica joined forces with RISE in April 2011 to launch the Development Reporting Project. A core objective was to increase the visibility of science and science education as an essential component of African development, with an aim to inform, engage and involve scholars, donors, policy makers and a diverse public — across Africa and globally.

RISE Universities and Institutions

African Centre for Gene Technologies (ACGT)
University of Botswana
University of Cape Town (UCT)
South Africa
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
South Africa
University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)
University of Ghana
Makerere University
University of Malawi, Chancellor College
University of Nairobi
University of Namibia (UNAM)
Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science & Technology (NM-AIST) WIO-RISE
University of Pretoria
South Africa
Rhodes University
South Africa
Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA)
University of the Witwatersrand
South Africa
Tea Research Foundation of Central Africa

Non-African Universities

Duke University
Princeton and Duke Universities provided research and scientific networking opportunities for RISE students and graduates: Princeton through its VSRC program and Duke through its Africa Initiative.
Princeton University