AESA supports initiatives in all areas of science, particularly health research, relevant to Africa. AESA does this by:
Managing entire grant cycles to support research initiatives being implemented in partnership with other pan African and international organisations.
Providing support to the scientific community through a range of workshops and mentorship programmes for career researchers and grantees.
Functioning as a think-tank, helping to set and align the science agenda for the African continent
Programmes falling under AESA include the Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) Africa initiative, the Good Financial Grant Practice (GFGP) and the Grand Challenges Africa initiative.
Proposal Development Workshops
AESA runs workshops to support postdoctoral scientists to write better proposals by developing their understanding of funders’ requirements, the proposal production process and how proposals are assessed.
The first of the proposal development workshops was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 20- to 22 July 2015. Thirty participants from 15 African countries were selected for sponsorship following a rigorous screening process. The course was delivered by a panel of facilitators drawn from AESA, the Medical Research Council in The Gambia, the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust in the UK.
Think tank functions
AESA is leading the AAS’ work in using research to inform policies by:
Creating committees of experts in the six science areas– climate change; health and wellbeing; STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics); water and sanitation; sustainable energy; food security and nutritional wellbeing that we focus on, to promote evidence-based policymaking. The first of these is the Health and Wellbeing Committee, which will review and provide evidence for making sound health policies.
Under the NEPAD Agency’s leadership, AESA is also leading efforts to develop an African health research strategy for the AU.
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The AAS and the NEPAD Agency created AESA with the support of the Wellcome Trust, the UK’s Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.