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2017 AESA Grand Challenges Africa Innovation Grants ($100,000 USD)

About 2017 AESA Grand Challenges Africa Innovation Grants ($100,000 USD)

Application is currently ongoing for the 2017 AESA Grand Challenges Africa Innovation Grants ($100,000 USD).

2017 AESA Grand Challenges Africa Innovation Grants ($100,000 USD)

Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa) is a scheme of the Africa Academy of Sciences’ Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) initiated to support innovations that address Africa’s health and developmental challenges. The scheme seeks to promote Africa-led scientific innovations to help countries better achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by awarding seed and full grants to the continent’s most impressive solutions.

Application Deadline

February 17, 2017

Funding Level

Phase I Funding: Funded up to $100,000 USD per two-year project. These awards are meant to provide an opportunity to test particularly bold, proof of concept ideas, including applying approaches from outside the fields indicated for this call. New approaches could be piloted as additions to ongoing projects.

Phase II funding: Winners of Phase I grants will have an opportunity to apply for follow-on, phase II funding in future but please note that support for phase II funding is NOT part of this call. We expect that successful projects funded at Phase I by GC Africa, and by our partners BMGF and Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), and which demonstrate promising results, will have the opportunity to apply for Phase II funding either to GC Africa or directly to the other partners. 

GC Africa will also provide a platform for partnering with other funders through the Grand Challenges Innovation Network (GCAiN). To register please visit our online Ishango Grants Management system.

Eligibility Criteria

The call will be open to African investigators working in African based, domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, international organizations, government agencies, research and academic institutions.

The call is also open to non-African investigators with an appointment/affiliation with any of the nine Institute Pasteur institutes in Africa, who are resident in Africa, with at least 18 months left on their tenure of service/affiliation by the time of receiving the award. 

Please note that this call is NOT OPEN to – for profit making organizations.

How to Apply

All applications must be made through our Ishango Grants Management system. Changes to the Rules and Guidelines will be posted on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page of the Grand Challenges Africa website including any changes to the dates listed above.  Please read the current FAQ before submitting any questions or concerns.

Application Format
Subject to the AAS Data Privacy and Protection Policy, GC Africa may share information you provide to us (either orally or in writing) with third parties, including external reviewers, key partners and co-funders.

GC Africa initiative publishes its calls and requests for proposals once a year.  An applicant may submit multiple ideas in partnership with collaborators, but an individual Principal Investigator may lead the submission of only one proposal. 


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