Projets achevés

Science Granting Councils in Sub-Saharan Africa

Responsable scientifique


  • Johann Mouton, Director, Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University, South Africa


International Development Research Center (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada


This study – to be conducted in partnership with the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University, South Africa - will constitute the first comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the roles and functioning of science granting councils (or equivalent bodies) of 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The findings of the study will be of great value to various stakeholders as it will (i) provide detailed information on the similarities and differences between these bodies ; (ii) profile good practice models ; (iii) draw comparisons between the different organisational structures that are mandated to disburse science funding in these countries ; (iv) show how these different bodies are embedded in the historical and institutional “landscapes” of national systems of innovation ; and (v) make recommendations and suggestions about the optimal functioning of such bodies.
The study design will involve a review of existing scholarly and secondary sources, telephone interviews with key informants in the designated countries, site visits to the majority of the countries and a final consultative workshop in South Africa. The purpose of the workshop is to consolidate and finalise the results and recommendations that are made to the IDRC. We would therefore greatly appreciate it if your office (or someone that you would delegate) would be available to assist us in setting up a meeting with key people at your institution to take place at your convenience. We also request your assistance in collecting relevant policy documents and so forth.

In addition to a set of research deliverables that will constitute the first detailed and comprehensive analysis of how science funding councils in SSA-countries function, the study will also have direct relevance and value to ministries of science and technology in Africa as well as international donor and funding agencies who invest in science and innovation on the African continent.


Science Granting Councils, science funding, funding agencies, Sub-Saharan Africa

Zone géographique

Sub-Saharan Africa


April 2013 - December 2013

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