Donor: Royal Academy of Engineering
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: United Kingdom
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Individual, Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 25.07.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Prize
Maximum grant size: 25.000GBP
Funding ratio: 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Health
  • Research, Technology & Innovation

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia


1) Objective

Entrepreneurs with an innovation from any engineering discipline that can provide scalable solutions to local challenges, are invited to apply. Applicants should be in the early stages of commercialising an engineering innovation that:

  • is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan that has strong commercial viability
  • has strong potential to be replicated and scaled up
  • will bring social and/or environmental benefits to a country or countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  • is based in, and will benefit, a country in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The innovation can be any new product, technology or service, based on research in any field of engineering, including: agricultural technology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, design engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, and medical engineering.

2) Eligibility

Applicants can apply as an individual or as part of a team. Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within sub-Saharan Africa. For teams of two or more, the lead applicant (the person who usually participates in most training and other activities) must be a citizen of a country within sub-Saharan Africa.

3) Location

For the purposes of the programme, the definition of sub-Saharan Africa includes all countries defined by the African Union within Central, East, Southern, and West Africa.

4) Budget

It includes a final prize of GBP £25,000 for the winner and £10,000 each for three runners-up.

5) Application

Applications for the Africa Prize 2024 will close on Tuesday 25 July 2023 at 4.00pm BST. All applications are submitted on the Academy’s grant management system.

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