Partnerships & Collaborations

SIG's work has been strengthened through the involvement of a variety of organizations.
 © 2014 Sarah E. Rich 
Donors       Related Organizations       News Media
RISE Universities & Institutions       Non-African Universities
Institute for Advanced Study
The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, USA is the de facto home of the Science Initiative Group. SIG Founder and Chair Phillip Griffiths is also the former Institute Director. Former Institute Board Chair James D. Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank from 1995-2005, was instrumental in originating the MSI concept. The SIG staff is based at the Institute for Advanced Study and grants to SIG are processed through the IAS Accounting Department.
African Academy of Sciences

SIG formed a partnership with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) for the joint administration of RISE during its early phases. The initial RISE planning workshop in 2007, and several subsequent annual meetings, were hosted by AAS in Nairobi.

As RISE approaches the end of its final phase as a SIG program, SIG is working with AAS/AESA to plan a successor initiative that will be fully based in Africa. With a secretariat located at the AAS and managed by the AAS research funding platform, AESA, the new program, focused on postdoctoral fellowships, is tentatively slated to commence in the first half of 2017.
TWAS: The World Academy of Sciences TWAS played a key role in organizing the forums where leading African scientists were brought together to develop the concepts for the African MSI, the Global Science Corps, and RISE. With its extensive contacts with top scientists in the developing world, TWAS provides a valuable resource for SIG. Three SIG board members have leadership roles at TWAS: Mohamed Hassan is Treasurer of the TWAS Council and past Executive Director, and C.N.R. Rao and Jacob Palis are former Presidents.
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. SIG and the Bank worked cooperatively on the planning, design, and implementation of this project. The Bank provided expertise in higher education, development and financing, as well as broad knowledge and insightful understanding of local cultures. SIG's cooperation with the Bank was key to the successful completion of, inter alia, three major lending operations in support of STI capacity building.
African Development Bank
SIG initiated 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.
Click here to view the document from the October 14 Partnership Celebration.


Carnegie Corporation of New York
Carnegie Corporation of New York provided initial funding for the 1998 convocation in Chile that launched the MSI and continues to be a major supporter of SIG's programs. A 2003 planning grant helped to move the African MSI toward the implementation stage. Carnegie Corporation has recently expanded its support for higher education in Africa with a new emphasis on the training of scholars through networks. Discussions between Carnegie and SIG led to an initial concept for RISE, which was further developed in consultation with stakeholders. 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, thus making Carnegie Corporation RISE's major funding support.
SIG has been most fortunate to have the involvement of several US foundations, not only as funders, but 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 in planning and administering the MSI. Two subsequent grants ensured that SIG would be able to continue its work as it sought sustained support from additional sources. SIG is grateful that the Packard leadership was willing to take a chance on what began as little more than an ambitious vision.
The MSI has been fortunate to tap into the expertise of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where SIG board chair Phillip Griffiths served as Senior Advisor. The Mellon Foundation has 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 to maximize the likelihood of 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 lower the barriers between scientific research and the private sector.

Related Organizations

Planet Earth Institute In February 2014, SIG entered into a formal partnership with the London-based Planet Earth Institute, an international NGO working toward the goal of African scientific independence. SIG and PEI collaborate on various projects related to the science, technology and innovation agenda in Africa. PEI has also been helping SIG to establish additional partnerships with like-minded UK organizations.
African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) Established in 2004 with pilot funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative (AMMSI) is a network of mathematics research and training, with emphases on graduate education and applied mathematics. Among its activities, AMMSI runs the Mentoring African Research in Mathematics (MARM) program. The network comprises six regional offices that together serve the entire continent: Yaoundé, Cameroon (Central Africa); Nairobi, Kenya (Eastern Africa); Gaborone, Botswana (Southern Africa); Ibadan, Nigeria (Anglophone Western Africa); Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (Francophone Western Africa); and Rabat, Morocco (North Africa). AMMSI has been a RISE Affiliate Network since July 2014.
Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) The former Vice Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Burton Mwamila, was involved in the deliberations that led to the establishment of RISE. Former WIO-RISE administrator Dr. Musa Chacha is also now affiliated with the School of Life Sciences and Bio-Engineering at NM-AIST. Dr. Chacha continues to mentor RISE scientists within the WIO-RISE network, and a few RISE students are now also conducting research at NM-AIST.
TReND in Africa In July 2014, SIG partnered with TReND in Africa, a non-profit organization run by international volunteer scientists dedicated to supporting the establishment of top-level scientific facilities throughout Africa by leveraging large-scale, low-cost approaches to innovation and research. Through this partnership, the two organizations plan to develop collaborative opportunities for RISE and TReND scientists, share connections, and work on joint grant proposals.
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The world's National Academies of Sciences are represented through the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP). 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) has been working with SIG toward the shared goal of building 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 between SIG and the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2012-2013, focused on joint programs in materials science and on fundraising efforts on the African continent.

News Media

SIG has 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 the incredible scientific projects of RISE students and graduates. RISE collaborated extensively with SciDev.Net on the series "Africa's PhD Renaissance." SciDev.Net continues to interview and film RISE PhD students and staff for articles and podcasts.
AllAfrica Global Media
AllAfrica joined forces with SIG (specifically, 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)
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 in the U.S. have provided research and scientific networking opportunities for RISE students and graduates: Princeton through its VSRC program and Duke through its Africa Initiative.
Representatives of other universities outside of Africa or scientists/professors interested in collaborating with RISE networks are encouraged to contact us.
Princeton University

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