Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Catalyst Funding

Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Catalyst Funding

Africa Catalyst is offering grants of £35,000 to Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) in sub-Saharan Africa working in partnership with the engineering research, policy and business communities in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.

The Academy is seeking a wide range of short pilot projects to run between mid-December 2016 – mid-June 2017, with the intention to evaluate the result of different interventions. Successful models will then be invited to apply for grants on a larger scale.

Objectives

The overarching aim is to ensure there is sufficient, and appropriately skilled, local engineering capacity to participate in and drive national and regional development in sub-Saharan Africa. Africa Catalyst helps achieve this by focussing on better connecting PEIs to the engineering research, policy and business communities, and supporting them in taking a leadership role in ensuring appropriate accreditation, professionalism and opportunities for engineers.

The programme’s objectives are to:

  • Build engineering capacity by improving engineering education at all levels to meet recognised international standards.
  • Support the development of professional engineering institutions that can effectively support the profession and promote professionalism.
  • Support the Federation of African Engineering Organizations (FAEO) in its leadership role across the continent.
  • Strengthen the evidence base for the role robust engineering institutions play in driving development, such as mapping engineering capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The suggested project should clearly align with the overall aims and objectives of the scheme, however, the Academy encourages original ideas and local solutions.
  • Project activities must include a budget of £35,000 delivered over a maximum of six months.
  • Pilot projects must run between mid-December 2016 and mid-June 2017.
  • Applicants must be not-for-profit, PEI based in sub-Saharan Africa*.
  • The lead applicant must propose a means of collaboration with at least one partner based in the UK. A partner may also be considered as the UK institution if it is headquartered in the UK.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted from Wednesday 14 September 2016 until 16:00 (GMT) on Wednesday 9 November 2016. All applications must be submitted via the Academy’s online grant system. Applications can only be submitted by a not-for-profit, PEI based in sub-Saharan Africa.

Expert reviewers will score each submitted proposal and have the opportunity to ask further questions to applicants. All applicants should be expecting to answer additional questions between 21-25 November 2016.

Successful applicants will be selected on 28 November. Contracts will be sent out to awardees on Tuesday 29 November and the Academy will expect those to be signed and returned by Friday the 2 December.

For further informastion Expert reviewers will score each submitted proposal and have the opportunity to ask further questions to applicants. All applicants should be expecting to answer additional questions between 21-25 November 2016.

Successful applicants will be selected on 28 November. Contracts will be sent out to awardees on Tuesday 29 November and the Academy will expect those to be signed and returned by Friday the 2 December.

For further information see: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/international-research-and-collaborations/africa-catalyst

For any questions concerning the application or the online applications system, please contact

Louise Olofsson on louise.olofsson@raeng.org.uk

This is the main admin account for the LCEDN and we use it to manage both the main LCEDN site and the USES network site.

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