Introduction and Background

Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa), in support of Afretec, is launching a call for collaborative proposals to enhance research capacity in the fields of engineering and technology, aiming to expedite and bolster the inclusive digital transformation of Africa. The research grants will support studies related to digital technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, information and communication technology, robotics, cybersecurity, and more. This initiative aligns with Afretec’s goal to foster inclusive digital growth on the African continent.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant teams must consist of Principal Investigator (PI) researchers from at least two Afretec member universities namely The American University in Cairo, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Lagos, University of Nairobi, University of Rwanda and the University of Witwatersrand.
  • Additional PIs from non-Afretec African universities are eligible to be part of the application team and receive funding under this collaborative research grant. African universities include public or private institutions with headquarters in Africa and with a primary mission of education at the Bachelors, Masters, or Ph.D. level. Each applicant university must be accredited and locally recognized by prevailing law as an institution of higher education in the country of origin.
  • Additional institutions that are not African universities can be engaged but cannot receive many resources through the seed grant.
  • Each applicant university must provide a letter of intent signed by the authorized representative, declaring support for participation in the proposed research project and team.
  • Each funded university will have a designated lead PI. The lead PI for each funded University is required to have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline.
  • A researcher can serve as a lead PI for their university on only one Inclusive Digital Transformation Research Grant proposal. A person can be a PI or co-PI on only one active Afretec-funded research grant or seed grant at a time.

Grant details

Start Date June 1, 2024
Award Period up to 36 months
Disciplines Multi-institution collaborative Engineering and Technology research projects related to the inclusive digital transformation of Africa
Maximum Award $250,000
Estimated Awards It is expected that up to 4 grants will be awarded depending on the quality of submissions and availability of funds.
Submission Deadline Friday, January 26, 2024 at 17:00 Central African Time
Submission Procedure Proposers must fill out an Expression of Interest form by January 16, 2024: Expression of Interest Form Proposals are to be submitted via this submission portal by the above Submission Deadline.