Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa

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.

Fishing boats of the island of Mombasa. Photo: UN Photo/Milton Grant

The LIRA 2030 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.

Who is it for?

The programme aims to foster research collaboration primarily among early career scientists based in Africa with no more than 10 years work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience. A particular emphasis will be on ensuring participation of low income countries (based on OECD ODA’s ranking) in research collaboration. Therefore, at least one co-Principal Investigator should be based in a low income country.

What is it about?

The programme will support regional research collaboration on global sustainability, with a particular focus on global environmental change, disaster risk reduction, sustainable energy and human health and well-being in the urban environment. The global research programmes Future Earth, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), and Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment will provide an overall thematic framing for the programme’s activities. In that way, the programme will increase African participation in the implementation of these global research programmes. The programme will also promote the integration of gender equity and poverty reduction dimensions in research practice and content.