GRAND CHALLENGES AFRICA – INNOVATION SEED GRANTS
The African Academy of Sciences – Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AAS-AESA) is launching two new Grand Challenges:
1) 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).
Challenge 1 : Focuses on key targets of the health SDG3 to stimulate new approaches, interventions, tools and new combinations of existing approaches to ensure that Africa progresses rapidly to address challenges in MNCH and to accelerate the pace of implementing interventions that can reduce maternal, neonatal and child deaths in Africa. GC Africa will build on the successes of other Grand Challenges global partners, which includes a strong base of African Grand Challenges grantees funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and USAID.
Funding for this call
Through this GC Africa Innovation Seed Grants (GCA-ISG) call, African Investigators and Africa-resident applicants who qualify based on the eligibility and inclusion criteria will be funded.
- Applications are now open for the first round of applications and are seeking innovative global health and development solutions from researchers resident in Africa who have the support of their affiliated/primary organization, and where the major programme of work will be undertaken.
- Applications MUST be submitted through the African Academy of Sciences Ishango Online Application Portal. Grants will go to investigators in African countries, but encourage partnerships with investigators in other countries are encouraged, especially where the opportunity exists to build new or strengthen existing collaborations.
- Proposals that promote intra-African collaborations across geography, language, cultures and other divides, such as those that link the 9 Institut Pasteur organisations in Africa with other African institutions are particularly requested.
Applicants can be at any level of experience and working in any discipline, from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-governmental, and non-profit organizations.