Royal Academy of Engineering in London, UK invites applications for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2018 open to Individual applicants who must be citizens of a country within sub-Saharan Africa.

The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialization support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through a six-month period of training and mentoring.

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation aims to stimulate and reward engineering entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. The Africa Prize encourages ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineering innovators from all disciplines to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development. Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants, through an eight-month period of training and mentoring.

Project Details
Many countries in Africa face a range of challenges related to energy, water and food security, transport and infrastructure, and access to education and healthcare. Practical innovative engineering solutions can help to address these challenges, but at present, sufficient engineering capacity and skills to develop or implement enough of these solutions is lacking.

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is designed to:

  • Support the commercial development of engineering innovations that have a positive impact on social and economic development in the region
  • Inspire and enthuse young people in Africa and the UK about engineering
  • Raise the profile of engineering and innovation in Africa
  • Highlight the role of engineering in tackling development challenges to an international audience ranging from school children to policymakers
  • Bring together stakeholders from the UK and African business and innovation communities to establish a closer dialogue on African and global engineering issues

Worth of Award

  • Following this period of mentorship, finalists are invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner is selected to receive £25,000 along with runners-up, who are each awarded £10,000.
  • The eight-months of training and mentoring for the Prize shortlist is largely undertaken remotely, from your home, to allow you to run your business. Up to three weeks of residential training are provided in the UK or in varying countries in Africa and if selected, you are expected to participate in these. The weeks in question are agreed in advance and are likely to be in November, February and June.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be individuals or small groups.
  • Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within sub-Saharan Africa. For teams of two or more, the lead applicant must be a citizen of a country within sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The innovation must be based in a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Applicants must have an engineering innovation, though are not required to be an engineering graduate or student.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of support from a university or research institution, this can be as simple as stating an individual studied at that institution. If applicants are not affiliated with a university, another document proving the status of your organisation or innovation, such as a document of incorporation or similar, can be used.
  • Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible.
  • The lead applicant must be over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit.
  • The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology or service, based on research in engineering defined in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of fields, including: agricultural technology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, design engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, ICT, materials science, mechanical engineering, and medical engineering. If you are in any doubt that your area of expertise would be considered engineering, then please contact the Academy to discuss your application.
  • Applicants should have achieved the development of, and be in the early stages of commercialising, an engineering innovation that:
  1. ?Will bring social and/or environmental benefits to a country/countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  2. Has strong potential to be replicated and scaled up
  3. Is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan which has strong commercial viability
  4. You do not need to be an engineer to enter the Prize, provided your innovation involves and is anchored in engineering.

How to Apply

  • All applications must be submitted via the online grants system, applicants should ensure they read the guidance notes before submitting their application.
  • All applications must be submitted via the online grants system, applicants should ensure they read the guidance notes before submitting their application.
  • Online grants system (You must first register an account, which you will be prompted to do)
  • Guidance notes – Africa Prize (239.33 KB)

Deadline: applications close at 4pm GMT on 23 July 2018.

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