The research of Future Africa underpins and aligns with the UP focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, and represents the potential of African scientists to create impact for a better African future, and to achieve research excellence and innovation for the benefit of society.

Under the overarching priorities of Sustainability and Equity, five broad, transdisciplinary research themes have emerged. They are interlinked, by virtue of their multi- inter- and transdisciplinary nature and concepts, and none has hard boundaries in relation to their scope, reach or impact. They are outlined below: