Strategic Objectives

CARTA is now in its third phase, dubbed CARTA2025, which builds on the successes of the first two phases and has four interlinked strategic objectives.


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.

Creation of research hubs in partner institutions

CARTA2025 aims to create multidisciplinary, cross-institutional research hubs in partner universities by:

  • Competitively selecting host institutions;
  • Providing support for the establishment of research teams that incorporate ECRs; and
  • Facilitating the research hubs to co-design research agenda and to develop large-scale competitive grant proposals, embedding PhD and postdoctoral training.

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 projects.

Enhance engagement of 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.
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