Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: Pre-announcement: Africa-UK physics partnership collaborative research projects

This funding opportunity is open to UK and Africa-based researchers to collaborate on physics-led projects in:

  • climate
  • energy
  • fundamental physics for the African economy

Workshop registration can be found in the additional information section.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for STFC funding and have a project co-lead based at a research organisation in an eligible African country.

Projects must start by March 2025. STFC will fund 80% of the full economic cost (FEC) for projects lasting up to 24 months. STFC will fund 100% of the costs for international applicants.

This is a pre-announcement and the information may change.

Additional info


The aim of the Africa-UK Physics Partnership Programme is to stimulate collaboration between UK and Africa based physicists. The programme will build and sustain a skilled and talented cohort of early career researchers to explore where physics can contribute to the challenges of climate change, sustainable energy and the growth of fundamental physics in eligible countries.

The programme will develop equitable partnerships between Africa and UK based researchers. It will address identified challenges and barriers associated with undertaking physics research in sub-Saharan Africa, and will facilitate the sharing of skills, knowledge and expertise, vital for capacity building and research careers.

We will fund collaborative projects that support research into:

  • climate
  • energy
  • fundamental physics for the African economy

This funding opportunity is part of the UK’s official development assistance (ODA) commitment. This is government aid that promotes and specifically targets the economic development and welfare of developing countries as its primary objective.

Workshop for potential applicants

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), in conjunction with the UK Institute of Physics, will hold an in-person workshop in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 12 July 2024. The workshop will provide an overview of the rationale for the programme, introduce delegates to the upcoming collaborative research projects call and provide opportunities for networking to develop collaborations between UK and African physics researchers. Travel and accommodation costs will be paid for by STFC.

To attend the workshop please fill out this form by 31 May 2024 4:00pm UK time to express your interest. Please note that STFC may share your data with our partner organisations and STFC reserve the right to make the final decision on the list of attendees for the workshop from the respective countries.

Attendance at the workshop is not mandatory to apply for the funding opportunity.

The workshop aims to bring together physics researchers from South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and the UK to begin collaborating in preparation of applications for this funding opportunity.

This programme is funded by the UK government’s International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF). ISPF is managed by the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), and delivered by a consortium of the UK’s leading research and innovation bodies, including UKRI. The fund supports collaboration between UK researchers and innovators and their peers around the world on the major themes of our time: planet, health, technology, and talent.

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