German-African Innovation Incentive Award – GAIIA

The 'German-African Innovation Incentive Award' is a new instrument of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to strengthen innovative research in Africa and translate research results into practical solutions that benefit African societies. This is aimed at improving living conditions for people in Africa. German-African partnerships are an important success factor in this context.

Federal minister Anja Karliczek and awardees 2018

Federal Research Minster Anja Karliczek and the four awardees 2018 © BMBF/ Hans-Joachim Rickel

The award honours the outstanding achievements of African researchers, while at the same time facilitating a German-African follow-up project that will help to further develop the research results in the direction of future exploitation. Thus, the award supports German research and innovation players in expanding their cooperation with African partners.

The award is endowed with € 150,000 and will be given in the form of a grant. This goes to the German partner institution with which the African scientist conducts the joint two-year research and innovation project. At least half of the funds must be attributed to the African partner.

Based on an utilisation or exploitation strategy, the German-African project will aim at translating research results with technical or social innovation potential into practical solutions that meet the needs of societies in Africa. If possible, the funded project should lay the groundwork for a sustainable innovation structure (e.g. a research-based small business) beyond the pure project results.

In May 2018, the award was for the first time presented to four African scientists and their German cooperation partners by Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek.

The announcement of the second call for proposals for the 'German-African Innovation Incentive Award' was published on 8 October 2018. The deadline for applications was 15 January 2019.

Overview of Awardees of the first round of the German-African Innovation Incentive Award (call launched on 19 September 2016)