START was founded in 1992 to advance scientific capacity and promote understanding of global environmental change. Since its early days, START has worked with regional and international institutions to establish its working agenda with a particular focus on Africa and Asia.

Through the years START has engaged over ten thousand researchers and practitioners. Our efforts mobilize country- and regionally-driven research collaborations dedicated to generating and disseminating scientific knowledge that informs decision-making and inspires solutions to global sustainability challenges.

START’s efficiency and impact have been recognized by the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) that named START 3rd Top Climate Think Tank for North America for 2016 under standardized rankings.