The Simons Foundation announces new funding starting in 2018 for its Africa Mathematics Project, designed to nurture and accelerate high-level mathematics research in Africa.
The three current awardees will receive five-year renewal grants to continue their work to support graduate students, conferences, international exchanges and other research efforts.
Additionally, the foundation will be making a new award to Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia under the leadership of Dr. Semu Mitiku Kassa.
Lead Researcher: Tony Ezome, Ph.D.
The aim of this project is to create a synergy among researchers working in the field of algebraic geometry and applications, including cryptography and robot kinetics, and to enhance the diffusion of this topic in higher education in Africa. This project involves researchers from the Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar in Senegal, Polytechnic School of Thiès in Senegal, the University of Bamenda in Cameroon, the Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, the Université Dan Dicko Dankoulodo de Maradi in Niger and the Université de Sfax in Tunisia.
Lead Researcher: Edward M. Lungu, Ph.D.
The main goal of this project is to promote training and research in biomathematics supported by new results from research in the areas of pure mathematics, such as analysis and geometry. This project involves researchers from the University of Zambia, University of Botswana, the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, the University of Namibia, the University of South Africa, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe and the Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
Lead Researcher: Diaraf Seck, Ph.D.
The main focus of this project is to contribute to the development of non-linear analysis and geometry and their applications to solve real-world problems, such as coastal erosion, urban networks and cancer models. This project involves researchers from the Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis in Senegal; the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Senegal; the Université Alioune Diop de Bambey in Senegal; the Université Assane SECK of Ziguinchor in Senegal; the Université d’Abomey-Calavi in Benin; the Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso; the Universitiés of Ouaga II and 3S in Burkina Faso; the Université deCocody in the Ivory Coast; École Normale Supérieure de Libreville, Gabon; and the Centre Universitaire de N’Zérékoré in Guinea.
Partnership for Graduate Training and Research in Analysis and Applied Math
Lead Researcher: Semu Mitiku Kassa, Ph.D.
The project has two main objectives. One, to strengthen and expand the Ph.D. training in mathematical analysis and the related areas of applied mathematics to meet the growing demand for qualified teachers in universities that offer masters and doctoral degrees in mathematics in the region. Second, to foster and strengthen the existing research teams within the partnering institutions through close collaboration with mathematicians in the rest of Africa, the U.S. and Europe. This project involves researchers from the Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia, Makerere University in Uganda, the Université Sultan Moulay Slimane in Morocco, Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.