Call for proposals for the German-African Innovation Incentive Award (GAIIA) published

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has published a funding announcement for the German-African Innovation Incentive Award (GAIIA).

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

The funding award honours African researchers and their German partners for outstanding research achievements with high application potential, supports the implementation of a German-African cooperation project and offers accompanying transfer qualification measures. Within the framework of the funded cooperation project, research results already achieved are to be further developed into application-oriented solutions, product-oriented utilisation and structure-building initiatives.

The award is granted in the form of project funding of up to 150,000 Euros for each project for up to 24 months. At least 50% of the funding will be used by the African partners. The German institutions administer the award money and forward the envisaged funds to the African partners.

Funding will be provided for collaborative projects preferably dealing with one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Environmental science
  • Health research
  • Bioeconomy
  • Societal development and social sciences (in particular socially responsible business practices, social innovations, sustainability concepts)
  • Resource management (in particular exploitation of locally available resources, resource efficiency and sustainability)
  • Information and communication technologies
  • The application procedure has two phases: First, African applicants can either be nominated for the award by a representative of a German university / research institution / company, or they can apply for the award themselves. In both cases, a project outline developed jointly by both sides is submitted and at the same time the willingness to cooperate within the framework of a joint German-African research project is expressed.

    In the first phase of the procedure, documentation must be submitted to DLR Projektträger by 7 November 2023. The deadline for submission is not a cut-off deadline. However, it may not be possible to consider project outlines received after this date. 

    In the second phase of the procedure, the applicants whose project outlines have been successful in the evaluation will be invited to submit full formal proposals. Applications may be submitted by universities, non-university research institutions and other institutions contributing to research as well as commercial companies.

    The official funding announcement was published via the Federal Gazette. Only the provisions therein apply. The announcement has also been published on the BMBF website. For call information in English click here.

    Further details and information on the previous award winners can be found at