What we do

Creating a culture of equitable partnerships

We aim to provide an enabling environment for researchers and students that is conducive for entrepreneurship, innovation and research leadership

What we do

Research collaborations across disciplines

All our programmes are developed to ensure that partnerships between researchers based in African institutions and the University of Oxford are equitable and genuinely co-developed

Catalyst grants



African institutions


Oxford departments

Visiting Fellows



African Countries


Oxford departments

Translating research into action
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Dr Siana Nkya was awarded an AfOx Visiting Fellowship in 2019 to work with Prof Anna Schuh at Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford. There collaborative research has led to the formation of a social enterprise SEREN that provides affordable diagnostic tests for newborn babies in Tanzania. 

The AfOx Fellowship had a dual benefit. Not only did it give me access to resources and equipment that were then lacking at my home lab, but it also made me think of the social aspect of the diagnostic test. For the first time in my career as a scientist, I thought, how can we create an innovation that will actually work in the community?
Siana Nkya, Lecturer, University of Dar es Salaam & Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences