Without our supporters and partners, we could not continue to nurture the next generation of research leaders in Africa – or strive to improve health and save lives across the continent.

To fund our programmes, we have raised £4 million from research funders, philanthropic foundations and generous individuals, including GlaxoSmithKline, the Farrar Foundation, Medical Research Council (MRC), Medical Research Foundation, Robert Bosch Foundation, Vitol Foundation and Wellcome Trust.

Our ability to transform African health research depends on more charitable income from individual supporters, trusts and foundations, and other organisations.

Join us in supporting the next generation of African Scientific leaders to deliver life-saving health research in Africa – for Africa and the world.

No other organisation tailors its training programmes specifically for African researchers like AREF does. The researchers we’ve worked with have grown measurably in confidence and resilience – both of which are crucial for becoming an independent scientist. AREF’s Excell programme helps to strengthen universities and centres in Africa. Many institutions have implemented sustainable mentoring and PhD programmes, embedding training and development for researchers with limited resources. These institutions have shifted towards a culture of increasing research excellence, and AREF has really helped to enable that change.

Dr Hazel McCullough is an honorary research fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Hazel leads the ‘Effective Researcher’ theme across AREF’s grant-writing and leadership programmes.

At EDCTP, we take an integrated approach to research and development, promoting learning by doing. We joined forces with AREF because we wanted to support as many emerging researchers as possible. We had a shared vision of empowering researchers from all regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, regardless of language barriers and irrespective of where in the continent they come from. Our work with AREF has been extremely valuable in filling a critical gap. At a time of professional vulnerability for many researchers, the preparation we’re giving them for the rest of their career is very significant.

Dr Michael Makanga, Executive Director of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)

World health cannot be achieved without African health. This initiative is important in ensuring African science can help African health.

Donald Brydon CBE

There are many exciting opportunities for early career African scientists to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and improvement of life prospects for many millions of people worldwide, but all too often their full potential cannot be realised because of lack of resources to support them at a crucial stage in their career. AREF aims to address this gap and deserves the support of all those concerned with tackling the challenges of health and sustainable development in Africa and beyond.

Professor Sir Andy Haines, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

My involvement and commitment to health research, building capacity and training future scientists, resulted in a concern for those who complete their PhD. They need an enabling environment, infrastructure, funding and mentoring to grow in research and become leading African scientists. AREF, an African initiated, African-led charity for African scientists has answered that concern.

Professor Rose Gana Fomban Leke, Heroine of Health 2018

AREF has identified an essential step to develop a strong research base in Africa. A young scientist needs funding to gain sufficient post-doctoral experience to lead an independent research group. The AREF programme will help greatly to encourage the ablest young scientists and reduce the brain drain from Africa.

Professor John MacDermot, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London

AREF is tackling one of the greatest challenges we face on the continent today by harnessing and nurturing the human capital that must be the driving force for any sustainable change. No country has ever made such significant leaps in its progress from external sources. Ultimately African countries can only progress by driving change from within. AREF is pioneering that change in the important area of research for Africa by Africans.

Mutiu Sunmonu (CON)

Supporting African researchers to identify and own the research agenda to solve health issues affecting Africa makes sense to us. These talented health professionals just need the opportunity. The support they receive from AREF will both develop the African research community, the global health leaders of the future and in the long term improve the health of the populations they work with. We know this is a long game approach and are very pleased to award AREF this multi-year commitment from the Vitol Foundation.

Ian Taylor, Chairman of the Vitol Foundation

We support the next generation of scientists, striving to build programmes and platforms across the African continent that connect early career academics and provide vital opportunities to learn, develop and step up towards leadership in research. Through these networks, we aspire to foster solution-oriented research in Africa for Africa-specific challenges. The AREF approach contributes to quality science and research in the medical and life sciences sector for a better life of everyone. We believe that AREF’s approach and programmes can increase the impact of research within Africa and beyond – and save lives across the continent.

Dr Katrin Rehak-Nitsche, Robert Bosch Stiftung

On hearing of AREF, I sensed immediately that Africa was embarking on a sustainable approach to a solution of one of its fundamental needs and concerns. Its approach accords with a tenet of an African saying: ‘It is only the child that raises its hands that gets picked up in love.’ Through AREF, Africa now ‘raises its hands’ to deal with its own issues. It is for this reason that I gave and continue to give my wholehearted support to this timely and innovative charity and why I recommend it for support, without hesitation, to all those of like minds worldwide.

O. Orlando Ojo. Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (with Distinction), from London Business School

Numbers of Africans with PhDs have increased but numbers of African research scientists winning international health research grants lag. AREF has been created to address this major concern. I wholeheartedly support its focus on the development of the next generation of grant-winning African scientists. I am delighted that AREF transcends Anglo/Francophone barriers. It is what we need – new spirit, new energy and excellence in Africa.

Professor Francine Ntoumi, Fondation Congolaise pour la Recherche Médicale; Faculty of Health Sciences, University Marien Ngouabi, Republic of Congo

We work with non-profit organisations which make a concrete difference on the ground, whether that be in the realms of health, education or the environment. We think that good science must be carried out in Africa by Africans. Scientists based in Africa know the context of their challenges and are best placed to help solve them. AREF is providing them with the opportunities to develop their skills in a way that complements their research knowledge, allowing them to become well-rounded scholars. Supporting AREF for us means developing a strong network of young African scientists who have the opportunities and motivation to succeed.

Swiss family foundation, which wishes to remain anonymous