The German-African Innovation Incentive Award – GAIIA

The 'German-African Innovation Incentive Award' is an instrument of the BMBF to strengthen innovative research in Africa and to translate research results into practical solutions that benefit African societies. The aim is to improve the living conditions of people in Africa. German-African partnerships are an important success factor.

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Participants of the GAIIA award ceremony 2022 © Ingnus Dreyer | SCPS Photos

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) honors outstanding achievements of African scientists with the German-African Innovation Incentive Award (GAIIA). The Award supports the further development of research results into innovative solutions that address the societal and environmental challenges on the African continent and benefit the population. It was first presented in 2018.

So far, 10 scientists from 8 African countries have been awarded together with their German cooperation partners. They all received funding of up to 150,000 euros for realising a joint research project with high exploitation potential.