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Africa dominates UK’s ‘global challenges’ projects

Africa-linked projects claimed the bulk of the spoils when United Kingdom science councils announced research funding worth £225 million (US$295m) last week into problems plaguing the developing world.

Research Councils UK, the governing body of the seven UK councils, announced the 37 winning projects of the Global Challenges Research Fund on 21 July. Of these, 24 projects will include partners in sub-Saharan Africa, while another will focus on North Africa.

Each project is led by a UK-based researcher but has partners in developing countries, and projects often involve training local researchers. The organisers have played up the roles to be played by local partners, and they have also emphasised capacity building efforts.

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