The award was first presented in 2018 to four scientists from Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda and their German cooperation partners.
In 2020, six scientists from Ghana, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uganda were honoured together with their cooperation partners. This ceremony had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
Ten African scientists have been awarded and ten cooperation projects realised so far. The funded projects developed innovative solutions in the areas of health, sustainable resource use, material science, energy and energy supply, and agriculture.