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CARTA2025

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.

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

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.
03

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.
04

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.