Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa) is a scheme of the Africa Academy of Sciences 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.
AAS implements GC Africa in partnership with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Agency (NEPAD) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The call is a joint initiative of GC Africa partners including Grand Challenges South 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 improve awareness of antimicrobial resistance, strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research, reduce infection incidence, optimise the use of antimicrobial agents, and develop the economic case for sustainable investment as well as defining the role of ecosystems, particularly the evolution of a microbial system shared by humans, animals, and other biological organisms, which will be critical to tackle current and future AMR challenges.
The call is open to African innovators working in African based, domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, international organizations, government agencies, research and academic institutions. Please note that this call is not open to- for- profit making organizations, but for South African applicants applying for funding through Grand Challenges South Africa, they may be included as sub-contractors if they provide a service or capability that is not available among the project partners but essential for project completion.
The request for proposals for designing New Approaches to Characterize the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance will fund: seed grants at up to USD $100,000 for a period of 2 years and full grants at up to USD $250,000 for a period of 3 years. We expect that projects funded at either level with promising results will have the opportunity to apply for additional funding to build on initial success. How many seed grants and how many full grants will be funded depends on the response to the request for proposals. In all cases, individual project budgets should be representative of the scope and magnitude of the proposed mandate and carefully designed to get the best possible value out of the award.
Key features of the GC Africa initiative are:
Successful proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Key dates and deadlines
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. Click here to view the current detailed challenge description. You may change your topic and edit your proposal any time before the application deadline.
The review and evaluation of your application are not based on your past history or institutional capabilities. Do not include personal or Institutional information and do not refer to potential project partners by names or other identifying information in the section describing your project. Proposals that do not adhere to these restrictions will be removed from consideration.
Proposals for Round 2 funding must be submitted prior to the submission deadline of 16 May 2018 18:00 GMT.
During the application process you will be required to confirm that you have read and understood the AAS Data Privacy and Protection Policy and these Rules and Guidelines and acknowledge that any information that you provide to us (either orally or in writing) will be subject to and handled in accordance with such provisions. South African innovators have to familiarize themselves with the SAMRC Terms and Conditions of funding.
The review of proposals is a critical element of the GC Africa initiative - its goal is to filter and harness creative ideas. For each round, we advertise a set of challenges carefully defined to elicit innovative responses to critical barriers in global health and development.
The AAS has put in place policies and procedures intended to restrict public dissemination of application materials. These policies and procedures include confidentiality agreements which external reviewers sign and that require reviewers destroy or return to AAS all copies of information acquired or created during the course of performing a review. In some instances, however, we are unable to put in place confidentiality agreements or to police the use of application materials.
The AAS Data Privacy and Protection Policy sets out what AAS will do with the information that it collects from you during the grant/award application process and throughout the life of the grant/award (including all information relating to the grant/award application and, as applicable, any subsequent grant/award made).
Information that you supply to the AAS, including in any application and progress or update report, may be used by the AAS to process applications and administer grants/awards, for the purposes of audit and evaluation and to monitor the fairness of and trends in application decisions. Your information may be disclosed for these purposes only to individuals and organisations connected with the AAS, including funding partners, external peer reviewers and external committee members. Your information may also be shared with selected third parties for the purpose of independent audit, evaluation and assessment of activities funded by the grant/award and their outputs and outcomes. All personal data will be stored and used by or on behalf of the AAS in accordance with the AAS Data Privacy and Protection Policy.
The AAS may publish details of successful grants/awards and their outputs, including your name, employing organisation, project title, a summary of the grant/award and its value and, in the case of grants/awards funding research, scientific/academic abstracts and lay summaries of research (e.g. via the internet or via publicly accessible databases or other modes of publicity).
The AAS may amend this Statement from time to time. Any material changes in how the AAS collects, uses or shares your personal data will be posted on the AAS website at: www.aasciences.ac.ke.
Due to the large number of proposals anticipated, applicants with proposals that are not selected for review will receive a notification of decline without specific feedback. Nonetheless, applicants are encouraged to submit ideas in future rounds. We will update our FAQ based on common themes to provide guidance for future applications.
The review process for GC Africa Calls is executed in six steps:
To identify and avert conflicts of interest among reviewers, reviewers will not be permitted to review proposals from organizations with which the reviewer has self-identified conflicts of interest in accordance with the AAS Conflict of Interest Policy.
Key Elements of GC Africa Agreements
All GC Africa awardees must prepare and submit an Annual and Final Financial and Scientific Reports. Awardees must submit the report electronically by the date agreed on the agreement using templates provided, on the Ishango Grants Management System. The report should be a cumulative, stand-alone document that describes the work performed with the project funds during the project term. The scientific section of the report must include any technical data gathered, models developed, and summary conclusions. The financial spend section of the report should include an account of the manner in which you spent the project funds. Annual reports are due 12 months after activation of the grant; final reports are due 6 months after the end of the grant period.
Answers to any application questions can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions under our website.
Please direct all questions about this initiative, selection criteria, or application instructions by e-mail to the following address: GCAfrica@aasciences.ac.ke
GC Africa Rules and Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
SAMRC Terms and Conditions of Funding
Policy on Undertakings
Conflict of Interest Policy
Policy on Use of Humans in Research
Data Privacy and Protection Policy
Open Access Statement
For step-by-step instructions on how to use the Ishango Online Application Portal click on the link below.
This video points out some common mistakes to avoid during your application.