Gates Foundation & partners – Grand Challenges funding for African innovators

There is a new opportunity for Africa-based investigators to apply for Innovation Seed Grants up to $100,000 for “1) solutions and strategies to reduce maternal, neonatal and child deaths in Africa, [or] 2) creative communication approaches to inspire African governments to fund research and development.”

A fuller description is online at http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/challenge/grand-challenges-africa-innovation-seed-grants-0

These grants will go to “innovators resident in Africa with any level of experience, working in any discipline in colleges, universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-governmental and non-profit organizations.” The goal is to find local solutions to Africa’s pressing challenges and help the continent achieve the SDGs.

Submissions are due 1 pm on February 17, 2017 – effectively Thursday, Feb 16, for applications from Africa. (ORA deadline, if JHU is a sub or partner on a submission, will be Thursday, Feb 9).

This partner website for AESA in Africa links to registration info and instructions for prospective applicants and their institutions:

http://aasciences.ac.ke/aesa/programmes/grand-challenges-africa/innovation-seed-grant-round-1/  

Registering may be complicated, especially for first-time applicants and institutions, so please urge your partners and colleagues to begin this process early even if they have not decided whether to apply.

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