Addressing Africa’s Health and Development

Grand Challenges Africa-Innovation Seed Grants
Last date: 
Friday, February 17, 2017
South Africa
South Sudan

Detailed Description

The African Academy of Sciences – Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AAS-AESA) is seeking applicants to provide innovation seed grants under its two grand challenges. The grants will 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.

AESA implements GC Africa in partnership
with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Agency (NEPAD) and
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Program Challenges

Challenge 1: Providing new
impetus and solutions to meet the Sustainable Development Goal 3 targets
for maternal neonatal and child health (MNCH) in Africa

This call is focused on the SDG3 targets
with the overall objective of focusing African scientists to work in
local and global partnerships on the ambitious but achievable goals of
accelerating knowledge generation, developing and deploying
interventions and innovations that will advance the prevention of
maternal deaths, preterm birth and neonatal deaths and improve
implementation of policies and innovations that will improve care for
the mother and child in the first month of life and prevent death due to
non-communicable causes in pregnant women and children under 5 years of age .


  • Apply new technologies to enable rapid identification of exposures
    (communicable and non-communicable) that lead to poor outcomes in
    pregnancy, birth and in the first month of life.
  • Apply precision medicine approaches and techniques to identify
    microbes and other exposures in Africa that may increase susceptibility
    to non-communicable diseases (cancer, cardiovascular diseases etc.) in
    mothers and children under 5 years of age.
  • Provide innovative policy and clinical practice approaches and pathways that will enable the rapid and widespread adoption of:
  • Available well tested interventions whose uptake has been slow, but
    which would make profound impact if adopted and incorporated into
    ongoing MNCH programmes,
  • New innovations and technologies that can help Africa leapfrog and
    achieve rapid progress, in preventing maternal and neonatal deaths.

Challenge 2: Finding
cutting-edge approaches to advocacy and communication that will motivate
citizens of Africa and African governments to support investments in
scientific research development and innovation

The goal of this call is to ignite new
ways of communicating the importance of investments in scientific
research and development to motivate African governments and their
citizens to support increased investments in scientific R&D from
within the continent to complement, and eventually surpass,
global/external investments.

  • Proposals that deliver innovative ideas, and that show a compelling plan for how
    to communicate and sustain public engagement around the importance of
    science and technology investments led by Africa for Africa and with
    potential global applications;
  • Ideas and approaches that demonstrate both the progress made so far
    by African governments in support of Science Technology and Innovation
    (STI) and the potential of broad local and external partnerships, and
    which debunk cynical views about the lack of interest by African
    governments to invest in Science and Technology and which convince,
    incentivize and steward African governments to dedicate substantial
    annual budgets to support Science and Technology programmes.

Funding Information

The GCA-ISG will fund projects up to USD $100,000 for 2 years.

Eligibility Criteria

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

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

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