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Developing Africa's
future generation of
science leaders.



The Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training, and Science (DELTAS) Africa was launched in 2015 to support the Africa-led development of world-class researchers and scientific leaders in Africa. The first phase was implemented at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) in partnership with AUDA-NEPAD and with the support of Wellcome and the UK Foreign commonwealth & Development Office.

With funding of $100 M, the first phase of DELTAS Africa awarded multimillion-dollar grants to world-class senior researchers across Africa to set up 11 collaborative programs that spanned 64 lead and partner institutions.DELTAS Africa I, invested in research infrastructure and offered training fellowships and mentorship to over 2,011 fellows from across Africa, 47 percent of whom were women.

DELTAS Africa I, addressed four strategic areas with the following results:

  • Scientific quality: To produce world-class scientific research that addresses African health and research priorities through scientific discourse and collaborative supervision, DELTAS Africa produced 1,444 publications
  • Research training: DELTAS Africa I provided 2,011 fellowships and academic support to develop world-class researchers who attracted an additional $276 M and received awards of $2.8 M in recognition of their excellence
  • Scientific citizenship: Focused on public and policy engagement and science communication, DELTAS Africa I’s 2, 27 dissemination activities reached over 104M people across the globe
  • Research management and environment: DELTAS Africa I cultivated professional environments to manage and support scientific research