Details on The 2017 Grand Challenges Africa Grants to Fund Innovative and Bold Ideas
Application is currently ongoing for the 2017 Grand Challenges Africa Grants to Fund Innovative and Bold Ideas
the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AESA
is committing US$ 7 million for Grand Challenges Africa Grants to fund
innovative and bold ideas that will impact on Africa’s health and
developmental outcomes over the next five years.
Academy of Sciences – Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in
Africa (AAS-AESA) is launching two new Grand Challenges:
Providing new impetus and solutions and strategies to help Africa meet
the SDG 3 target for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH). These
cover key areas of:
- New technologies to enable rapid
identification of exposures that lead to poor outcomes in pregnancy,
birth and in the first month of life — these could be exposures to
communicable and non-communicable diseases.
- 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.
2) Creative approaches to engage the public,
and inspire policy and decision makers to increase investment in African
Research & Development.
These new grand challenge innovation
grants will be issued and administered under the banner of Grand
Challenges Africa (GC Africa), a program implemented in partnership with
theNew Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD Agency) and theBill
& Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Round 1 is a joint initiative of
the GC Africa partners and Institut Pasteur of Paris (IP).
February 17, 2017
Value of Programme
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
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
GC Africa will also provide a platform for partnering with other funders through the Grand Challenges Innovation Network (GCAiN).
call will be open to African investigators working in African based,
domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations,
international organizations, government agencies, research and academic
- 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.
How to Apply
Applications MUST be submitted through the African Academy of Sciences Ishango Online Application Portal.
Grants will go to investigators in African countries, but we encourage
partnerships with investigators in other countries, especially where the
opportunity exists to build new or strengthen existing collaborations.
Before embarking on your application, make sure you have read and understood the Rules and Guidelines governing the application process. Please also read the detailed Request for Proposals.
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