Funding Programmes

The Council currently runs two funding schemes: the Grants Programme, open to its Member Unions, and the LIRA 2030 programme, designed to strengthen integrated research on sustainability in Africa.

Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA 2030)

Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa is a 5-year programme that seeks to increase the production of high quality, integrated (inter- and transdisciplinary), solutions-oriented research on global sustainability by early career scientists in Africa. The knowledge will be used to address complex sustainability challenges in the region.

The programme is run by the International Science Council together with its Regional Office for Africa and in strong partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC). The Programme is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and will run until December 2020.

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Transformations to Sustainability

The Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) programme supports solutions-oriented, international research for sustainability, led by social scientists and jointly produced with societal stakeholders.

It promotes research on the complex social transformations needed to address problems of global environmental change, as well as on interrelated societal problems such as poverty, corruption, migration, social discontent and conflict.

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Grants Programme

The Grants Programme was set up in line with the external review, as a modality to create international initiatives led by the ISC Unions.

Its intent was to foster Membership engagement by addressing long-standing priorities for the ISC members in developing science education, outreach and public engagement activities, and to mobilise resources for international scientific collaboration.

The Grants Programme was competitive and peer-reviewed. Proposals needed to be led jointly by at least two ISC Scientific Unions. Proposals needed to focus on innovative, international, and multidisciplinary work that supports ISC’s strategic priorities.

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