Research Africa Platform is an essential online resource for researchers, students, research and innovation managers, development officers and policymakers in Africa. It provides subscribers access to comprehensive, authoritative and appropriately highlighted information of over 40,000 research funding opportunities globally to enable sustained research for African development.
Between 10th and 12th June 2014, some departmental administrators and users were trained on how to access and use the platform. Users can access the platform using their credentials i.e. username and password which are available once a user registers in the platform. Registration for non-members can be done with the help of your departmental administrators. This platform will be helpful to university researchers and post graduate students looking for funding opportunities.
The Research Africa platform allows students, staff and researchers to search for scholarships, fellowships (early career, mid-career and senior), research grants, innovation grants, networking/collaboration opportunities, travel grants, hosting conference grants, publication grants, capacity building grants, research collaboration calls and development funding from local and global funders of research and development projects in Africa.
Also included in the platform is the Research Africa funding analysis online news bulletin which covers the following areas:
“Institutional profiles” where Research Africa looks at the funds paid out by a particular funder to Africans, reporting on where the money has ended up and why;
“Grant analysis” looking at the outcomes of key funding rounds in Africa;
“My first grant” interviews with African academics telling the story of how they started out;
“Q&As” with senior funding managers regarding best practice and changes in funding priorities.
Research Africa also highlights selected funding opportunities and innovative funding schemes in the news, as well as research related jobs and conferences/ events that are relevant to African and global readers.
To access the website, go to www.researchprofessional.com; this takes you to the log in. At log in, one is required to provide the username and password (the username should be your email address).
In case of any difficulties, kindly contact your CoD/departmental administrator/Research Directorate.