When I founded AREF in September 2015, I never imagined the impact we would have in our first five years. In this short time, we have offered potentially life-changing opportunities to over 200 researchers across Africa, setting them on the path to leading their own research teams within the continent.” 

Professor Tumani Corrah KBE MRG MD PhD FRCP PWACP FAAS

Founder and Director

Africa Research Excellence Fund 

Through our targeted programmes, we have nurtured African scientists at the most vulnerable stages in their career, helping them to compete for and win international funding. By ensuring their talent is retained within health research and within the region, we are helping to develop the people, projects, environment and infrastructure that will maximise the impact of all future research investment in Africa.

Our impact is truly Africa-wide. We have worked with scientists in 30 African countries, transcending Anglo-Francophone barriers and crossing West-East and North-South divides. We have also supported researchers across a wide range of disciplines – from discovery scientists to clinicians, in the African bush, at the lab-bench, and at the bedside. These emerging African scientists are providing real-world solutions to real-world problems, like mapping the DNA of mosquitoes to eradicate malaria, supporting the mental health of older adults in Nigeria, and exploring genetic differences in how people respond to treatment for tuberculosis. 

We are deeply proud of the impact our funded researchers are having on African health and society. To find out about their achievements, read our new Impact Report.