The National Research Foundation

ARUA and the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa have had a long-standing relationship that dates back to the formation of ARUA. The NRF was one of the key partners who provided ARUA with a foundation grant that facilitated the establishment of the Network over three years from 2016 – 2018. The NRF also provided funding for the ARUA Biennial Conference held in Kenya in 2019.

The NRF continues to express its belief in the ARUA vision and mission. Following ARUA’s application for the renewal of the grant, the NRF in December 2020 approved a grant of R350,000 per annum over the period 2021 – 2024 to support the running of the Network.

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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

In an exciting new international partnership, the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have joined forces to use their collective knowledge, skills and regional expertise to tackle global challenges such as extreme poverty and disease, fragile states and displacement, gender inequalities and food insecurity. This follows the signing of an MoU between the UKRI and ARUA.

There are two keystrands of the partnership:

  • The Capacity Building strand with the ARUA Centres of Excellence (CoEs) aiming to build capacity at the 13 Centres, with UKRI will providing up to £8M to the Centres.
  • The Research Excellence strand which will support up to six joint research projects addressing aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Open Society Foundation (OSF)

ARUA has received a grant of $1 million from the Africa Regional Office of Open Society Foundations (OSF) towards setting up of Vaccine Research and Capacity Building Hubs in the Eastern and Western African hubs at the Makerere University and the University of Ghana respectively.

Key outcomes for the development of the Vaccine Research and Capacity Building Hubs include bringing together researchers undertaking vaccine research work within the ARUA network and building a critical mass of at least 50 people in Africa with PhDs in vaccine-related research over five years.

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) have a Memorandum of Understanding “to develop research co-operation and to promote mutual understanding between the two parties”.   

Both parties have agreed to work under the framework provided by the support from UKRI and collaborate under the auspices of the Guild of European Research -Intensive Universities and the Russell Group.

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Andrew Mellon Migration & Urbanization Project

First Interim Grant Report
Grant Number 41600690
Submitted to the Andrew Mellon Foundation

Mobility & Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban

On 16 December 16, 2016, the Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation approved a grant of $844,700 to the University of the Witwatersrand for use over approximately five years. The funds were dedicated to supporting a research and graduate development program on changing forms of social engagement in Africa’s urban centres.

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Carnegie Benchmarking Project

Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Phase 1

The last three days of February 2018 saw a fascinating meeting unfolding at the Elilly Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The hotel was the venue of a meeting of representatives of 13 of the 16 ARUA universities. The Alliance having been in existence for a few years it was felt that it was necessary to establish a baseline of the research intensity of each of the alliance members and an aggregated picture of the collective. This base line would be of great value in future years when the progress of the members and the collective would be reviewed.

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