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Our Focus

Positively impacting
African lives through
science and innovation.



Science for Africa Foundation (SFA Foundation) is a pan-African, non-profit, public charitable organisation created to support, strengthen, and promote science and innovation in Africa.

We believe science and innovation will be central to tackling major societal challenges and delivering sustainable development for our continent. Our 2023-2027 strategic plan outlines how we will contribute towards a strengthened African science and innovation ecosystem.

We believe that scientists and innovators are key actors in driving interventions to address Africa's most pressing challenges. We therefore aim to become trusted partners, providing holistic support to African scientists, innovators and their institutions working across discovery, translational and implementation sciences.

SFA Foundation serves Africa’s research and innovation ecosystem in two key ways:

  • By Designing, Funding and Oversight of Programmes - Our approach places emphasis on African-led priorities and solutions, development of high-quality science environments, broad multi-stakeholder engagement, equitable partnerships and collaborations and the promotion of actionable scientific excellence in policy, knowledge and practice arenas.
  • By Convening - Partnerships and Networks - We recognize the power of collective effort and are intentional and proactive in the development, maintenance and growth of equitable strategic partnerships and networks. We aim to co-create solutions via dialogue and prioritize long-term ownership and sustainability.

We serve the African research ecosystem by designing, funding and managing programmes that support excellent science and innovation; and that build and reinforce environments that are conducive for scientists to thrive and produce quality research that impacts development.

Our Vision

SFA Foundation to be the leader in strengthening African science for a better future in a global world.

Our Mission

To catalyse and strengthen Africa’s science and innovation ecosystems to respond to Africa’s sustainable development challenges and positively impact lives.

Our Values


We embody respect as a fundamental principle. We commit to uphold the dignity of all our constituents, their qualities and achievements and their right to apply their abilities to supporting science and innovation in Africa. We strive to be empathetic in our dealings with our colleagues and others and recognise that each individual role is important.


We strive for excellence, from quality science outputs to best governance practices; we push ourselves and our partners to aim for the highest standards in everything we are doing.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We embody diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we do by bringing everyone along the journey. We are committed to mainstreaming diversity, equity, and inclusion and cascading this to all the institutions that take part in our programmes. We ensure a level playing field and empowerment for all organisations and individuals engaging with SFA Foundation and in all our external interactions.


We are answerable for our individual and collective actions to our grantees, partners, and beneficiaries of our investments. We take responsibility and ownership towards clearly defined goals. We uphold high levels of integrity and will strive to ensure that we remain accountable to all.

Our goal is to strengthen pan-African-defined science priorities,to support globally competitive research, to enable dignified and sustainable science careers on the Continent, to strengthen high-quality research environments, to support scientific innovation, and to promote actionable scientific excellence in the policy, knowledge and practice arenas.

We do this by leveraging thought leadership, productive partnerships, and networks to mobilize resources for investments in long-term science and innovation programmes on the continent.

Our Objectives

Science Leadership and Careers

SFA Foundation’s support to Africa’s scientists and innovators will be driven by a dual aim: to improve the quality and productivity of science on the continent and to develop globally competitive science leaders. .

Science Innovation, Translation and Entrepreneurship

Leveraging innovation across Africa and recognizing the critical role of government and private sector actors in driving a robust STI sector, we are keen to support the creation of products that respond to the challenges within African communities.

Science Ecosystem Strengthening

We will support initiatives that directly influence the quantity, quality, and impact of research, but are not part of specific research projects.



Guided by our assessment of Africa’s science landscape, we commit over the next five years to focus on three key interrelated priority areas of science: Health; Agricultural; and Climate and Environmental Science. The SFA Foundation will support researchers and innovators developing impactful solutions across discovery, translational and implementation sciences.

We will build and support programs aiming to reduce the health burden, to promote transdisciplinary research on the nexus of health and food and nutrition, energy, climate change, environment, political economy and public policy. Driven by emerging priorities on the continent, our work will span pandemic sciences, communicable and non-communicable diseases, genomics, clinical research and trials.

We will promote African scientific leadership in climate and environmental science. We will bring the best of Africa’s science together to collate and assess the evidence for regional governments to support informed decisions with a vision to have Africa’s climate change science represented in global discussions on priority actions for the continent.

We will leverage science and innovation by supporting researchers to uncover innovative pathways, interventions and techniques that optimize agricultural output while enhancing resilience and adaptation.