The Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (BioInnovate Africa) Programme is a regional initiative established in 2010 with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). It assists countries in eastern Africa to benefit from the revolutionary advances in biosciences, by converting biobased research ideas and technologies into innovations that improve people’s lives. The Programme is based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and operates in six eastern African countries, namely Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
This call includes three catagories namely: Category 1 – developing and piloting economically viable and innovative biobased technologies and products; Category 2 – incubating biobased technology business; and Category 3 – developing innovation-driven bioeconomy strategy. The tematic foucses areas also include: (a) Value addition to agroproduce; (b) agro/biowaste conversion; (c) bioinnovation policy analysis and development.
Grant amount per project will be given as follows: US$ 750,000 for Category 1; US$ 250,000 for Category 2; and US$ 500,000 for Category 3
Scientists, researchers, innovators or entrepreneurs resident in the eastern African countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda and who are not current recipients of a BioInnovate Africa project grant.
This is a team based application. At the project level, the team should endeavour to ensure fair and equitable participation of men and women in project activities.
7.0 Matching fund support
The team must demonstrate that their host organisations support the proposed project, and are willing and committed to providing matching funds. These matching funds may be from social impact investors, relevant government organisations or from the private sector and donors. The mode of matching funds may be based on either provision of actual funds and or in-kind contribution of staff, infrastructure and other organisational support, and should be 25% over and above the total grant budget requested from BioInnovate Africa. A clear mechanism for matching funds is important.
Teams should make their applications online on this link.
The deadline for application is 2 February 2018.
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