Open AIR is carried out with financial support from the International Development Research Centre, Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Queen Elizabeth Scholars. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of Open AIR’s funders.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)


The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences. Created by an act of Canada’s Parliament in 1977, SSHRC reports to Parliament through the Minister of Industry. By focusing on developing Talent, generating Insights and forging Connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC strategically supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is a Crown corporation set up by the Parliament of Canada in 1970 to support developing countries in using science and technology to find solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems. IDRC’s support is directed towards creating local research communities whose work can build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous societies.

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program (QES)

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships is activated through Rideau Hall Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, and Universities Canada. Its aim is to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across Canada and the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through cross-cultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences.

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The Open African Innovation Research Partnership