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GC Africa Round 7 Phase II Closed Call - Innovation Grants

Funding Call Details

GC Africa Round 7 Phase II Closed Call - Innovation Grants

Please note that this is a closed call and only invited teams are eligible to participate.

GC Africa Round 7 Phase II Closed Call - Innovation Grants 

Call opens: 28th May 2019 at 12.00 EAT

Cal closes: 27th June 2019 at 23:00 EAT

Grand Challenges Africa jointly with Grand Challenges South Africa are honored to extend an invitation to former Grand Challenges seed grant innovation teams to participate in the Transition to Scale and scale up grants call for proposals. Other seed grant projects from participating organizations are also invited.

Grand Challenges Africa (GC Africa) is a program of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA platform) hosted by The African Academy of Sciences (AAS).  AAS implements GC Africa in collaboration with the African Union Development Agency (formerly NEPAD), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and other partners. This request for proposal is a partnership between The AAS, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and Grand Challenges South Africa which is domiciled at the South African Medical research Council (SAMRC)

The African Academy of Sciences and the Grand Challenges family (Grand Challenges Explorations by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, USAID- Center for Development Innovation, Grand Challenges South Africa, Grand Challenges Ethiopia and Grand Challenges Africa) have funded seed grant projects in Africa, through various timelines, since 2003. The goal of GC Africa phase 2 (transition to scale and Scale up) is to catalyze scale and sustainability – so that the bold ideas we support are closer to having big impact in a sustainable manner.

Former seed grantees and other invited innovators are eligible to apply for this competitive follow-on transition to scale or scale up grant which will run for a term of up to thirty-six (36) months. We will fund an amount which is commensurate with the scope of work proposed.  Grantees will automatically be eligible for technical and business development support through the period of the grant by the partners. They will also have an opportunity to showcase their innovations, interact with fellow innovators and other stakeholders as well as learn from experts in various areas of interest through the GC Africa Innovation Network (GCAiN). 

Grand Challenges Africa has a three-tier model for supporting innovation projects in Africa. These are; 

  1. Proof of Concept grants: (Also called Phase 1 grants or seed grants) Here, we provide ‘seed’ capital to test the intellectual concept behind an innovation and gain an early, real-world assessment of its potential technical, organizational and financial viability by piloting it in an African/developing country context.
  2. Transition to Scale grants: (Also called Phase 2 grants). When we provide ‘catalytic’ capital and other support to help innovations that have demonstrated success at a small scale develop their business model and attract partners who can assist in filling gaps (technical, financial) in their capacity to scale.  
  3. Scaling grants: When we provide ‘growth’ capital to support the widespread replication and/or adaptation of an innovation across large geographies and populations for transformational impact. This also forms part of Phase 2 calls.

  DEADLINE:  27th June 2019 - 23:00 EAT