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 thrusts:
1. Maintenance of a Pipeline of High-Quality Early Career Researchers (ECRs)
CARTA2025 aims to maintain a pipeline of 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.
2. 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.
3. Mainstream CARTA Interventions at partner institutions
CARTA2025 supports the creation of research supportive environments in African partner institutions by:
• Enhancing 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;
• Supporting partner institutions to independently run existing CARTA interventions – through Mainstreaming projects.
4. 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 ECR’s 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.