Support for higher education policy and its implementation among African policymakers, philanthropists, and educators is essential to meeting the continent’s growing needs. Gaining such support requires evidence-based data that demonstrates how universities are contributing to socio-economic and national development. The Corporation’s investments to date have created a baseline set of data on a select number of African universities, which has been used by national and continental policymakers and a cohort of institutional planners. To advance higher education policies and practice, the Higher Education Policy and Research subprogram supports efforts to generate and disseminate data-driven research and publications on Africa’s higher education sector, and build capacity for research management. Grants aim to gather and disseminate evidence-based research and advance expertise.