UK to fund new Anglo-South Africa scientific initiative

29th March 2024

By: Rebecca Campbell

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have announced a joint programme to institute an international research network that will embrace South Africa, other African countries and the UK.

This network will be funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), through the International Science Partnerships Fund, to the amount of almost £25-million.

This new network, which will also be supported by the NRF and the UK’s Institute of Physics (IOP), will involve two programmes. These are the Research Infrastructure Partnership Programme (RIPP) and the Africa-UK Physics Partnership.

“The NRF is delighted to be working with UKRI STFC on the various programmes,” affirmed NRF acting deputy CEO: national research infrastructure platforms Dr Angus Paterson.

“The linking of key South African research platforms to those within the STFC is very exciting and will lead to staff exchanges, training opportunities and, most importantly, innovative research.”

“I am delighted to announce the continuation of our work with the [NRF] and [IOP] to advance physics in Africa and support crucial research efforts from astronomy to climate science,” enthused STFC executive chair Professor Mark Thomson.

“We are extremely proud of our International Science Partnerships Fund programmes which are helping to develop stronger physics research networks the world over for the benefit of the entire field. Now more than ever, physics is a necessarily international endeavour and partnerships such as these are essential to ensure that leading minds in the UK, Africa and beyond can collaborate effectively on ambitious global projects such as the Square Kilometre Array.”

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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