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The National Geographic Society is accepting proposals for its “Uncovering Human Origins in Asia and Africa” to encourage further investigation of hominid evolution in Africa and Asia, with preference given to projects in relatively unexplored parts of those continents.

Priority will be given to projects that aim to do one or more of the following:   

  • Discover or explore new paleoanthropological fossil sites in Africa or Asia, particularly those in Central and West Africa and those in East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia
  • Design or test new methodologies for discovering or exploring paleoanthropological sites in Africa or Asia
  • Develop local capacity in human origins exploration in Africa or Asia

Typical proposals should request less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $50,000 if they are running a field school for students from the region. Successful applicants should use awarded funds within one year. Up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant and/or team members. (Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding stipend eligibility and other budgetary guidance.) Projects should be research-focused but can integrate conservation, education, storytelling, or technology as a secondary component. All applications should include a clear review of the state of knowledge about human origins in the region and, if applicable, a plan for evaluating the success of the proposed capacity development activities (e.g., field school).

Submit your proposal online

Applications are open for Demo Africa 2018 that is one of the flagship initiatives of Lions@frica, a public-private alliance aimed at enhancing and deepening the start-up and innovation ecosystems of targeted fast-growing African economies. For over 25 years DEMO has built an unmatched track record of selecting, promoting and commercializing some of the most game-changing products the world has ever seen. DEMO Africa is the launch pad for African technology and trends, attracting a global audience of over 2,000 people to experience the finest African innovations as they venture into the markets. Over the last six years, they have connected over 3,000 African start-ups to the global innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, helped create more than 2,000 high-paying jobs, and mentored more than 250 startup teams across the continent. Over 30 DEMO Africa winners have ventured on to Silicon Valley through the Lions@frica innovation tour to partake in deep knowledge exchanges and engage the global innovation ecosystem.

Submit your application online on Demo Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23 February 2018- The African Union Commission launches its Second Open Call For Research Proposals under Phase II of the African Union Research Grants programme, with a deadline of 22nd May 2018 for submission of proposals.

The objectives of the Call are to: 

  • Support collaborative Research and Innovation (R&I) activities that address critical issues facing African countries and contribute to the sustainable development of African countries and the fight against poverty, while respecting ethical and gender issues;
  • Develop the capacity of the African Union Commission (AUC) to design, implement and monitor R&I funding programmes and establish the basis for a credible and reputable African framework programme for R&I that could attract additional funds from other sources (African Union (AU) Member States and other partners and donors).

This call for proposal responds to the implementation of Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy-2024 which addresses the aspirations identified under Agenda 2063 and Priority 3 on the Human development of the EU-Africa partnership. The call supports research on: Food & Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) with particular attention on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

The African Union Research Grant (AURG) is one of the programmes initiated within the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) to support a Pan African research and development through grants and direct funding. The programme provides the needed opportunity to use Science and Technology (S&T) as a tool for sustainable development, building and strengthening Africa’s S&T capacities.

The Commission through the support of the European Union secured a sum of 17.5 million euro under the EU Pan-African Programme to launch 2 calls for research proposals in Africa in 2016 and 2018. Nine (9) institutions have been selected and awarded grants up to US$ 1,000,000 each in the 2016 Call for Proposals.

The full Guidelines for Applicants, Application form, and other supporting documents are available for downloading under the Event Resources Section located on the webpage:

Deadline for submitting applications is May 22, 2018 at 17:00 GMT + 3 (Addis Ababa Time)

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) is seeking proposals for its Enterprise Development for Jobs that aims to contribute to job creation in developing countries by stimulating the establishment of new business enterprises or expansion of existing ones.

The main objective of this call is to stimulate renewable energy projects that increase access to renewable energy and thereby contribute to job creation and poverty reduction. The purpose of this call for proposals is to fund feasibility studies of renewable energy projects, pilot projects, and training, that can start implementation during 2018 or 2019.

Funding Information

The minimum grant size is NOK 500 000.

Eligible Activities

  • The scheme does not provide investment support or loans but does provide grants to activities that contribute to early-phase project development and activities that limit commercial risk before investment decisions are taken.
  • Eligible activities include but are not limited to feasibility studies, partner search, pilot projects, training of local staff, and local infrastructure investments related to the company’s investment in energy production capacity.
  • Only projects in the following sector will be given priority under this call for proposals: Energy, defined as renewable energy.

Geographical Scope

  • Funding will be prioritized for projects in the seven countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Tanzania and Uganda.
  • Projects in other developing countries eligible for Norwegian development assistance may also be considered. Among these, projects in low-income countries will be given priority.

 Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must own a minimum of 25% of the planned investment (in cases where joint ventures are considered). Any exception to this rule must be based on special justification.
  • Grant recipients must have ethical guidelines for their business operations. These shall as a minimum meet the requirements of “Guidelines for the preparation of ethical guidelines for Norad grant recipients”. See ethical guidelines – Guide for Norad’s grant recipients.
  • The applicant shall confirm that it has undertaken adequate security assessments for the employees that will work in high-risk areas, hereunder any mitigating measures related to training, guidance material, insurance, and equipment.
  • Projects supported under this scheme must comply with the EEA Agreement rules on state aid.

How to Apply

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

Deadline: 4 April 2018

National Geographic Society is seeking proposals for its Conservation Technologies Programme to advance breakthrough technologies that can scale National Geographic’s efforts to explore, visualize, understand, and ultimately protect the planet.

National Geographic, through its engineering team, has a long record of success in developing innovative, cutting-edge technologies that have opened their eyes to different viewpoints, helped them to see the world in a new light and explore it in new ways. From the depths of the ocean, to the top of mountains, technologies such as Crittercam, DropCam, aerial imagery, and camera traps have already demonstrated their ability to transform the fields of exploration, science, and conservation.


Priority will be given to projects that use technology to do one or more of the following:

  • Develop tools or capabilities needed to generate new data and insights on biodiversity distribution, patterns, and trends
  • Inform where future protected areas should be prioritized
  • Support integrated multi-sensor monitoring systems for the natural world (including land and ocean), and cultural heritage.
  • Advance surveillance/alarm systems for protected areas (natural and cultural) by providing real-time, local-to-global, situational awareness

Funding Information

  • Typical proposal requests should be less than $50,000; applicants may request up to $100,000, of which up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant or team members, and up to 15 percent of which can be used for institutional overhead (applicable only for awarded grants of at least $50,000).
  • All applications should explicitly review what has already been accomplished and state the plan for evaluating the impact of the work.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Conservation Technologies.

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 05:52

2018 Call for Global Knowledge Proposals

PPIAF’s 2018 Call for Global Knowledge Proposals is seeking submissions on topics pertaining to private sector participation in infrastructure, public-private partnerships (PPPs), and sub-national finance in PPIAF’s priority sectors (Energy, Water and Transportation). Multi-sector proposals related to the general PPP enabling environment are also acceptable.

PPIAF will consider global knowledge products that provide lessons learned or best practices that can be applied across countries and across regions. A total of $1 million has been allocated for this effort. For additional information, please see PPIAF’s Call for Proposals FAQS. Proposals will be accepted for:

  • Knowledge Products (e.g., toolkits, guides, manuals, briefs, training seminars and workshops, development of training materials, capacity building)

  • Outreach (translation, dissemination, conferences)

Proposals will be accepted for knowledge products and outreach activities on the following topics:

  • Best practices to improve national and/or local governments’ capacity, particularly in low-income and fragile countries, to address sustainability issues in infrastructure through private sector participation.

  • Innovative financing of infrastructure within the Maximizing Finance for Development agenda, at national and subnational levels.  

  • Activities that produce learning on what works and what does not when integrating gender considerations, including prevention and response to gender based violence, in PPP frameworks and/or to promote female entrepreneurs’ participation in the supply chain of infrastructure PPPs.

  • Case studies or best practices on incorporating a pro-poor dimension in the design/construction/monitoring of infrastructure projects with private sector participation.


The call is open to staff at the World Bank Group and other multilateral development banks, donor organizations, non-profit organizations, and academia. For additional information, please see PPIAF’s Call for Proposals FAQS

Selection Criteria:

  • Proposals will be evaluated on technical quality, relevance to the proposed topics, and alignment with PPIAF’s strategy. Specifically, proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Potential for Impact

  • Target Audience & Dissemination Plan

  • Value for Money

  • Innovative Approach

  • Co-financing

Proposals are strongly encouraged to include co-financing, as this will be considered in the selection process.

Submission Guidelines and Deadline:

  • All WBG proposals must identify an accredited TTL to oversee activity implementation. TTLs must have TLAP 2.0 accreditation to implement PPIAF grants.

  • All external proposals must include a team leader as the main applicant.

  • All knowledge product proposals must use the PPIAF Call for Global Knowledge Proposals Knowledge Product Submission Form.  

  • All outreach activity proposals must use the PPIAF Call for Global Knowledge Proposals Outreach Activity Submission Form .  

  • Proposals are not to exceed 10 pages.

  • Proposals must be submitted as a Word document via email to by 5:00 PM (EST) on March 29, 2018.

  • Questions can be submitted to 

Monday, 29 January 2018 08:18

2018 Africa Energy Ideas Competition

The 2018 Africa Energy Innovation Competiton is set to accelerate the development of early-stage energy firms across Africa. Across Africa, the main energy challenge is to rapidly deliver modern energy services to millions of households and businesses using sustainable and affordable energy technologies. This competition challenges early-stage energy entrepreneurs from Africa to collaborate with local research institutions or industries to develop a prototype model of a key device/equipment for a social energy enterprise or energy management system using local resources.

Competition Guidelines

Your proposed prototype model submission must not exceed 1-side of an A4 page and should include the following:
  • Project Title
  • Your solution (250 words)
  • Partner Institution or Industry
  • Expected impact (50 words)
  • Short abstract (50 words)
  • Design tools and method (50 words)
  • Problem Statement (50 words)

Estimated costs and timeline (50 words)

Submissions must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format by email to

The subject line of the email should follow the format: [Country] Title of the Project.

Submissions that exceed the word count may be disqualified. Shortlisted submissions would be invited to participate in the
final round by submitting a 1-page poster to summarize their design, with a detailed budget, 2-page Design Brief, and a Short
2-minute video to describe a prototype model of the proposed solution


Eligibility And How To Apply

Young professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 years from Africa are invited to participate in the competition and nominate a relevant local research institution or organization. Applications may be submitted by a team of up to three people. At least 1 member of the team must be from the local research institution or industry. Teams may be formed across different schools, institutions, companies, countries etc. Individuals or teams may submit multiple applications.


  1. Deadline for proposal submission: February 20, 2018
  2. Announcement of submissions selected for the final round: March 4, 2018
  3. Deadline for final submissions: March 23, 2018
  4. Announcement of winners: April 17, 2018.

We recommend members and users to utilize these opportunities. Our experts are available to work for your proposal and assist you to access funding opportunities. Contact us through

Monday, 29 January 2018 08:12


Main Grant Application Announcement : January 2018

AWDF invites applications from eligible African women’s organisations under its main grants programme. Applications for the first grantmaking round of 2018 can be sent in under one or more of AWDF’s thematic areas as listed below. These frame AWDF’s current funding strategy Shaping Africa’s Future;

  • Body & Health Rights

The focus for this grantmaking round will be on ending violence against women; sexual and reproductive rights including HIV/AIDS; LBT rights; women’s emotional wellbeing and mental health including for women human rights defenders.

  • Economic Security & Justice

The focus for this grantmaking round will be on land, property and inheritance rights; food sovereignty and women’s rights in contexts of food production and agriculture; climate and environmental justice; women’s economic security and livelihoods.

  • Leadership, Participation & Peace

The focus for this grantmaking round will be on women’s participation in governance and decision-making, including elections; peace and security; defending democratic space and women human rights defenders; building women’s leadership.

AWDF is particularly interested in projects working with young women, women facing multiple discrimination, and approaches that include engaging the arts, culture, sports and technology.

AWDF is looking for innovative and effective projects that address the needs of and involve the women and communities most affected by inequality and injustice in the leadership and implementation of projects.

AWDF particularly encourages women’s rights organisations registered and working in the following countries to apply:

Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Applications are due 7 March 2018.


Grant Size & Period

Applicants may apply for up to US$50,000 for a one-year grant. Please note that most grants awarded are likely to be lower than the maximum.

Organisations can apply for an amount which is not more than half of their confirmed income as evident in their last audited statement.

Decisions on grants will be announced by June 2018.


Eligibility Criteria

The basic qualifying criteria for applying organisations are as follows:

  • Must be led by a woman and have majority of its staff and board being women
  • Must be duly registered in an African country
  • Must have been in existence for at least 3 years
  • Must have the needed organisational structures for effective implementation of the project
  • Must have an appreciable financial management system to properly account for funds received
  • Must be capable of reporting back on the outcomes of the project
  • Must complete the necessary application forms

Please note that AWDF does NOT fund men-led organisations; political parties or campaigning; government agencies; individuals; scholarships; for-profit initiatives and projects aimed at religious conversion or proselytizing.

How to Apply

Interested women’s rights organisations should send in their proposals via email to using the required application guidelines and forms below. The applicant must also complete and include a financial management assessment form and a budget.

NOTE: Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.



Main Grants Application Form

Application Guidelines 2018

Summary of opportunity

The global objective of this call for proposals is:

To improve working conditions, promote labour and environmental standards and reduce labour rights abuses in the cotton and garment sector value chains.

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are:

  • improving knowledge, awareness and advocacy on social and environmental conditions to promote responsible production and consumption
  • enhancing and up-scaling voluntary transparency and traceability schemes through existing multistakeholder initiatives to support sustainable and responsible production

Lot 1 Strengthening knowledge, awareness, and advocacy on social and environmental conditions in the cotton and garment value chains. Indicative allocation of funds EUR 3 500 000. minimum amount: EUR 500 000  maximum amount: EUR 1 500 000

Lot 2 Enhancing transparency and traceability in the cotton and garment value chains. Indicative allocation of funds EUR 2 000 000.  minimum amount: EUR 500 000  maximum amount: EUR 1 000 000

Eligibility criteria

There are three sets of eligibility criteria, relating to:

the actors:

  • The lead applicant, i.e. the entity submitting the application form (2.1.1),
  • if any, its co-applicant(s) (where it is not specified otherwise the lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) are hereinafter jointly referred as “applicant(s)”) (2.1.1),
  • and, if any, affiliated entity(ies) to the lead applicant and/or to a co-applicant(s). (2.1.2);

the actions:

  • Actions for which a grant may be awarded (2.1.4)

the costs:

  • types of cost that may be taken into account in setting the amount of the grant (2.1.5)

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Monday, 22 January 2018 09:48

Food And Agriculture, Food Security

Summary of opportunity

This call will support cutting-edge applied field and/or laboratory research projects with the potential to generate high impact and innovative results with particular impact on the food insecure and poor in eligible eastern and southern African countries. All projects require a sound environmental impact assessment, the consideration of social and gender issues, and an applicability to smallholder farmers. The projects should address real practical development challenges and research needs of the 10 developing countries.

The fund will focus on issues under four key research areas aligned to regional priorities as stated in the Malabo declaration:

  1. Improved productivity and incomes for farmers and communities and decreased post-harvest losses;
  2. Improved gender equity;
  3. Nutrition and human health; and
  4. Climate change and sustainable water management.

Eligibility criteria

Of special interest is supporting innovative research with the potential for breakthrough results that can be effectively scaled-up and easily adopted by smallholder farmers, food processors, post-harvest handlers, and other value chain actors to improve food and nutrition security and achieve gender equality.

This call is open to applicant organizations that will work in partnership with others to carry out research in one (or more) of the eligible countries: Burundi; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; and Zimbabwe.

Applicant organizations must be developing country organizations (national agricultural research systems, universities, government departments, NGOs, regional organizations, and Southern-led international organizations) with legal corporate registration in an eligible country. They may work in partnership with Canadian or Australian organizations, but this is not a requirement.

Due date : 1 March, 2018

For more information:

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