1. Background

The African Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training related to Nuclear Science and Technology (AFRA) is an intergovernmental agreement established under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which seeks to promote and implement cooperative activities for training, research, development and applications of nuclear science and technology according to the priorities defined by the Governments Parties. To promote the regional Cooperation AFRA developed a policy and institutional framework for the designation and operationalization of Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) called “AFRA Designated Centers”, which are meant to play a key role in fostering active cooperation among Government Parties through provision of training, expert advice and other relevant services.

Research Designated Centers (RDC) can be defined as an established African institution able to provide multi-national services on the basis of the AFRA Agreement and for which the IAEA and donor support may be sought within the context of approved programmes. Currently, there are 32 RDCs in 11 Member States covering 5 major thematic areas five (5) major thematic areas of Food and Agriculture; Human Health; water Resources Management - Industrial Applications; Radiation Safety (Education) and Human Resources Development. Regarding the geographical distribution, 80% of the RDCs are located in North and South Africa, 3 in West Africa, 1 in Eastern Africa, and none in Central Africa. The one RDC of East Africa is in Kenya (KEMRI-Welcome Kilifi).

The broad criteria applicable to the selection of RDCs includes Availability of the necessary infrastructure, references (achievements), logistics, communication facilities as well as capacity to rapidly mobilize teams and resources; Financial autonomy or at least solid sources of funding when required among others (see attachments).

The AFRA secretariat is therefore pleased to announce calls for Research Designated Centres in the fields of nuclear Instrumentation and Radiopharmacy. Attached find the Strategic Action Plan Procedures and Guidelines and questionnaire to be completed by interested Member States for the pre-selection of suitable candidate centres to be audited through the AFRA auditing scheme.

2. How to apply

Interested institutions/Universities who fulfill listed requirements are kindly requested to submit their application by their head of institution/Vice Chancellor to the Director General NACOSTI/AFRA National Coordinator by close of business on Tuesday 9th February, 2021. The same will be considered for clearance, and forwarded to the IAEA (AFRA Focal Point).

Successful applicants/institutions will be expected to work closely with the Director General, NACOSTI, who is the AFRA National Coordinator, in providing periodic and annual reports to AFRA and Kenyan publics. It is also expected that successful applicants/institutions will make presentations about activities of their RDC when called upon, and submit periodic and annual reports to the Director General, NACOSTI for review and submission to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in charge of Science and Technology, as required by provisions in the Science, Technology and Innovation Act, (STI Act 2013 (Rev. 2014)). For this purpose, an advisory team of local and/or international experts appointed by the Director General, NACOSTI may from time to time undertake inspection visits, monitoring and evaluation of the RDC. The successful RDC will be expected to program and facilitate the aforementioned undertaking taking cognizance of the STI Act.

Prof. Walter Oyawa

Director General, NACOSTI/AFRA National Coordinator