2. Promoting international research and scholarship on key global challenges

The Council is committed to supporting the development of all science, from discovery to application, and to making science and its benefits accessible to all.

In 2019, the Council continued to support a diverse range of international research programmes and networks, capacity development schemes, special campaigns, projects and global events, both as a lead convenor and as a co-sponsor of initiatives that have multiple sponsors and partners.

Through its network of members and initiatives, the ISC is able to convene and mobilize a range of partners to address particular topics or areas, bringing together a broad range of perspectives, and is able to quickly respond to emerging challenges.

Funding programmes

The Council currently runs two funding schemes: The Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA 2030) programme and the Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) programme, which have continued to grow and increase their impact in 2019.

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Grant-funded projects

In 2017, one of the Council’s predecessor organizations, the International Council for Science (ICSU), selected three projects led by its members for grant funding. 2019 was the final year of funding for the three projects, and we take this opportunity to review the impact they have made across different spheres.

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Global scientific networks

The ISC co-sponsors a number of science initiatives and programmes that are contributing to the development of the actionable knowledge most needed today. A few of these networks are highlighted in this annual report.

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