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Enhancing Science Partnerships for Innovation and Sustainable Development


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Ambassador for the Year of Science

Science Network

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa's statutory research agency, conducts research that generates critical and independent knowledge relative to all aspects of human and social development.

The core business of the HSRC is to conduct large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific projects for public-sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. It does this in partnership with researchers globally, but specifically in Africa. It is committed to cutting-edge research which supports development nationally, in the Southern African Development Community and in Africa, as well as to disseminating that research.

As the national social science council of South Africa, the HSRC wishes to serve as a knowledge hub to bridge the gap between research, policy and action, thus increasing the impact of research. This is achieved through collaboration with key constituencies, including government, other research organisations, multinational agencies, universities, non-governmental organisations, and donor and development organisations.

With a dedicated staff complement of almost 500, consisting of professional researchers, technical and administrative support staff, based in six offices in four different provinces of South Africa, the HSRC is well equipped to respond flexibly and comprehensively to current and emerging needs. Its six multidisciplinary research programmes and research centres are focused on user needs.