The Grand Challenges Africa Innovation Grants

The Grand Challenges Africa Innovation Grants are innovation grants given to catalyse scientific breakthroughs and finding local solutions to solve Africa’s pressing challenges.

Through the grants, the GC Africa scheme provides funding, networking and technical support to develop novel but scalable ideas to products or to become competitive for larger investment from government departments, private sector, angel investors, venture capitalists and other smart and social investors.

The grants will be given over a course of five-years to solicit ideas that can be developed into groundbreaking research and innovations by providing:

  • Up to $100,000 in Grand Challenges Africa Innovation Seed Grants (GCA-ISG) for two years to foster innovation. Launched in 2016 with a Round 1 of call for proposals, the GCA-ISG has already given close to $1 million to 8 projects in Africa focused on improving maternal health and ending neonatal and child deaths. Four more calls for proposals will be issued over the five years that scheme will run.
  • Up to a $1 million for scaling up innovations, which would have received the US$100,000 seed grants, show promise of expansion and have applied for the additional funding.

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 organisations are eligible to apply for the two grant schemes.