Frequently Asked Questions - The PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund


Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. As a funder, can I align an RSIF contribution to my vision and focus areas?

Yes, RSIF design encourages scalable, demand-driven expansion, targeting of specific domains and beneficiaries. Priority aligned programmes can be set up within RSIF. Contact us for further details.

Q2. How are financial contributions utilized?

Building on global best practices and to ensure continuity and sustainability in research training and capacity building, RSIF has three windows: PhD scholarships, research grants and innovation grants

Q3. How are funds transferred from the donor to the RSIF account?

PASET has selected a professional RSIF implementing unit. The International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology, icipe, an African scientific organization headquartered in Kenya with a 50-year history, administers and grows the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund on behalf of PASET and is supported by the World Bank. The fund pools resources from African governments, development partners and private sector to achieve results at scale with an efficient implementation mechanism.

Q4. What are the key objectives of the grants?

RSIF issues competitive research and innovation grants that compliment the PhD training offered to scholars by supporting knowledge generation, promote scientific excellence and use of knowledge for development impact.

Q5. What are the types of grant and the requirements

Research Grants

  1. RSIF Research Awards (RSIF RA): These grants are awarded competitively to faculty engaged in PhD training in Host Universities in SSA. The primary objective of these grants is to help faculty to advance their research excellence and generate innovative ideas that could be commercialized.


  1. RSIF Junior Investigator Research Awards (RSIF- JIRA): These grants are also awarded competitively to RSIF graduates who obtain a post-doctoral or permanent position in an academic institution or research centre in SSA. The primary objective of these grants is to support junior scientists who are establishing their research career after completing a PhD degree. Grant will provide funding to enhance research excellence and unlock the innovation potential by allowing junior investigators to conduct research projects autonomously.


Innovation Grants

RSIF Institutional Innovation Capacity Building Program Grants ( ICBP): These grants are awarded to RSIF African Host Universities to support the development of an institutional framework to strengthen the innovation ecosystem within the RSIF African Host Universities thus increasing the investment of private sector in Research and Development projects and encourage commercialization of these innovations.


RSIF Cooperability Grants: These grants are awarded to faculty of African Host Universities with an aim of encouraging public-private partnerships. The grants support the opening of new companies/ spin off companies as a result of innovative scientific research ideas translated to the market ultimately contributing to economic growth and increase job opportunities. Read more

Q6. What is the process for becoming a funding country or other donor?

PASET welcomes both financial and in-kind contributions to the RSIF to create a Pan-African Science Fund to invest in Africa’s future scientific leaders. International Institutions, African governments, donors and private sector partners can contribute to RSIF.

Q7.  What is the link between PASET and RSIF and is there a minimum contribution required?

RSIF is the flagship programme of PASET in higher education. African governments, donor partners and private sector that contribute USD 2 million to RSIF can become members of PASET and get a seat in its governance bodies. Membership renewal will be determined at the discretion of PASET governing bodies. Learn more in the PASET charter.