“The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) is a 5-year Initiative which aims to strengthen the capacities of Science Granting Councils (SGCs) in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development. The Initiative is jointly funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The SGCI theme on Networking Africa’s SGCs is being implemented by the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) in partnership with The Scinnovent Centre.
The SGCI convenes Annual Forums (AFs) that brings together the Initiative’s participating Science Granting Councils (SGCs) from 15 African countries1 and other key stakeholders around the world to deliberate and develop interventions in strategic areas of interest to the Councils and the wider science, technology and innovation (STI) community. To facilitate sharing of lessons and good practices, the SGCI commissions a state-of-the-art paper on topics/themes of interest for Africa’s development. The selected theme for the 2019 Annual Forum is tagged “Open Science in Research and Innovation for Development”. This document provides guidelines on the concept for a research paper to be commissioned on the topic ahead of the Annual Forum scheduled for 11-15 November 2019 in Tanzania….”