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CURRENT STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

Strategic Objectives

CARTA is now in its third phase dubbed CARTA 2025 which builds on the successes of the first two phases and has four interlinked strategic objectives

01

Maintenance of a pipeline of high-quality early career researchers

CARTA2025 aims to maintain a pipeline of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) by:

  • Providing doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships;
  • Running Joint Advanced Seminars (JASes) to equip doctoral fellows with transferable research skills; and
  • Providing training to nudge ECRs into research leadership.
02

Create research-supportive environments at partner institutions

CARTA2025 supports the creation of research-supportive environments in African partner institutions by:

  • Enhance supervisors’ understanding of and commitment to the goals of doctoral supervision, exposing them to best practices in doctoral supervision and mentorship – through Supervisors Workshops;
  • Enhancing critical staff members’ understanding of their critical roles in supporting postgraduate students, while also keeping them abreast with best practices in their functionary areas – through Academic, Professional, and Administrative Staff (APAS) Workshop; and
  • Supporting partner institutions to independently run existing CARTA interventions – through mainstreaming initiatives.
03

Mainstream CARTA interventions at partner institutions

CARTA2025 supports the creation of research supportive environments in African partner institutions by:

  • Enhance supervisors’ understanding of and commitment to the goals of doctoral supervision, exposing them to best practices in doctoral supervision and mentorship – through Supervisors Workshops;
  • Enhancing critical staff members’ understanding of their critical roles in supporting postgraduate students, while also keeping them abreast with best practices in their functionary areas – through the Faculty and Administrative Staff (FAS) seminars and
  • Supporting partner institutions to independently run existing CARTA interventions – through Mainstreaming projects.
04

Engage CARTA community with society

CARTA2025 aims to enhance the engagement of the CARTA community with society by:

  • Facilitating partnerships between research hubs and policy actors through co-design of research;
  • Strengthening CARTA ECRs’ competencies in science communication, policy engagement and knowledge translation and
  • Supporting uptake of research products from ECRs through publications, conferences, and different forms of media