The African Union Scientific Technical and Research Commission (AU-STRC) is the secretariat for the ASRIC and the AU-STRC Executive Director is the head of the ASRIC secretariat. The head of the secretariat serves as the Executive Director of ASRIC and as the secretary of the ASRIC Bureau

The secretariat provides administrative and secretarial services to ASRIC;

Manages the overall activities related to the implementation of the interdisciplinary programs in coordination with the Bureau and its Committees;

Prepares and implements the budget of ASRIC and carry out financial programming and resource mobilization in accordance with the AU rules, policies and practice;

Establishes Pan African platforms connecting institutions, networks, and other actors to strengthen synergies and scientific knowledge exchange;

Administers calls and grants that address the priority areas identified by the Congress;

Promotes the establishment of strategic partnerships, and advance Africa’s positions in international negotiations on research matters such as research ethics, integrity and open-access to publications; and

Performs any other functions to ensure the smooth running of ASRIC