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RSIF awards competitive research and innovation grants that complements the PhD training at African universities by supporting research that promotes scientific excellence and use of knowledge for development impact.

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Agricultural Data from Acoustic Monitoring

Thematic Area: ICTs including big data and artificial intelligence

Preamble  The motivation for this project is the critical need to improve general farming practices in Rwanda and elsewhere in East Africa. There are many…

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An Integrated Near Infra-Red and Magnetic Field System for Non-Invasive Monitoring of body Glucose and Na+/K+ Concentration anomalies: for Diabetes/Cancer Diagnosis

Thematic Area: Minerals, mining and materials engineering

Cancer and diabetes are two of the leading causes of death worldwide, with a positive correlation, and the probability of cancer patients having diabetes is…

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Building Resilient Agribusiness Practitioners through Design Thinking Approach

Thematic Area: Food security and agribusiness

The innovation in the design thinking approach is the shift from the traditional analytical skills development approach which misses three critical aspects of human resource…

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Capacity Building for University-Industry Business Technology Transfer

Thematic Area: Energy including renewables

University-Industry partnerships have been acknowledged as important contributions in development of national economies especially in western countries. This project aims to develop capacity for innovation…

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Deep Learning Approaches to Mineral Prospect Modeling of Rare Earths in Carbonatites

Thematic Area: Energy including renewables

Preamble There is increasing demand for innovative mineral prospecting to identify and define strategic deposits as well as delimit the geologic structures that host the…

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Developing Orange Mesocarp and Red Onion Skin into Multifunctional Materials for Oilfield Applications

Thematic Area: Energy including renewables

Preamble Petroleum accounts for a large proportion of global energy consumption and is presently Nigeria’s most vital revenue source. A plethora of chemicals are required…

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Do-It-Yourself Adaptation: New Pathways for Community Flood Risk Communication

Thematic Area: Climate change

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is one of the regions most exposed to the negative effects of global climate change. In particular, frequent droughts and floods locked…

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Monitoring and Prediction Models for Biomedical Devices

Thematic Area: ICTs including big data and artificial intelligence

Preamble Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is a big concern in electronic devices, particularly in hospitals’ medical devices where there is high concern of health and safety….

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Enhancing Biodegradable Sanitary Towel Production through Utilization of Seaweed and Banana Pseudo stem Residues: A Value Addition Strategy

Thematic Area: Minerals, mining and materials engineering

Preamble  Environmental sustainability and the protection of our bio ecosystem has become a key focus for organizations globally in line with SDG 17 that supports…

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Exploiting the potential of solar-powered cooler for vaccine and perishable foods storage in remote areas of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)

Thematic Area: Minerals, mining and materials engineering

Preamble Vaccines are cost effective method of preventing diseases, improve production activities and limit transmission of diseases. Vaccines are fragile, some of them need low…

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Fluoride removal from drinking water using capacitive deionization

Thematic Area: Minerals, mining and materials engineering

Capacitive deionization (CDI) is an emerging desalination technology which has various merits compared to the conventional methods such as reverse osmosis and thermally based ones….

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From Research to Markets: Strengthening the Innovation Capacity of AUSTInspire

Thematic Area: Minerals, mining and materials engineering

The African University of Science and Technology (AUST), with support from the World Bank has an African Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Materials – Pan…

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Infectious Diseases Outbreak Prediction using Geolocation Data with Machine Learning

Thematic Area: ICTs including big data and artificial intelligence

Preamble  Although the recent COVID-19 pandemic is arguably the most disastrous pandemic of the 21st century, disease outbreaks regularly occur, albeit on a geographically limited…

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Initiatives for Sustainable Food Security Innovations in the Drylands

Thematic Area: Climate change

The key for ensuring the sustainability of Africa’s industrialization goal is to create constructive partnerships between academic institutions and private sector to facilitate robust innovation…

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Innovating Out of the Urban Street Food Safety Challenges in Ghana (Urban Safe)

Thematic Area: Food security and agribusiness

Preamble For the low- and middle-income class of African economies, street foods may provide the fastest and cheapest alternative source of prepared food compared to…

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RSIF Results

RSIF aims to strengthen the institutional capacity for quality and sustainable doctoral training, research and innovation in transformative technologies in sub-Saharan Africa. The infographic below shows the status of progress against key targets.

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PhD Scholars enrolled

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Female PhD Scholars

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Students & staff trained in cross-cutting courses

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Research papers published

Impact Map

In the first diagram below you can explore the number of current students by cohort and by nationality.
Point on the colored countries on the map to get information about the African Host Universities and number of current students registered for PhD there. Use the filter options to get more detailed info by country, by thematic priority area or by African Host University.
In the last diagram you see the distribution of current students registered by African host university.