Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Applications are invited for Africa Prize from ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all disciplines to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa. Shortlisted applicants will receive a six-month package of tailored support to help them achieve commercial success from their innovation. The overall winner will receive £25,000 (or local currency equivalent). Runners-up will also receive a cash prize. The application deadline is 29 June 2015.

Study Subject(s): Awards cover all fields of engineering from mechanical, civil and computing to biomedical, oil & gas, mining and electronic engineering.
Course Level: Awards are available for engineers 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.
Scholarship Provider: The Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund Consolidated Contractors Company, ConocoPhillips and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
Scholarship can be taken at: Sub-Saharan Africa (Finalists will be invited to present at an event held in Africa. Following the prize-giving the finalists will be invited to attend an exhibition in the UK attended by a wide range of relevant stakeholders).

Eligibility:
-Applicants must be individuals or groups of no more than three people.
-Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within sub-Saharan Africa and currently reside there. For teams of two or three, the lead applicant must be a citizen of a country within sub-Saharan Africa and currently reside there.
-Applicants must be engineers who can provide a letter of support from a university of research institution.
-Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible.
-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: will bring social and/or environmental benefits to country/countries in sub-Saharan Africa; has strong potential to be replicated and scaled up; is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan which has strong commercial viability.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Africa PrizeApplicants from sub-Saharan Africa (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this programme.

Scholarship Description: The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation aims to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in 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 will be awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through a six month period of training and mentoring. Following this period of mentorship, finalists will be invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner will be selected to receive £25,000 along with three runners-up who will be awarded £10,000 each.

Number of award(s): A winner will be chosen. Three Runners-up will also receive a cash prize. Shortlisted applicants will also receive a six-month package of tailored support.

Duration of award(s): Its a one time award. Shortlisted applicants will receive a six-month package of tailored support to help them achieve commercial success from their innovation.

What does it cover? Crucial commercialisation support will be awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through a six month period of training and mentoring. Following this period of mentorship, finalists will be invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner will be selected to receive £25,000 along with three runners-up who will be awarded £10,000 each.

Selection Criteria:
-Entries assessment and shortlisting: All entries for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation will be assessed by an expert panel of judges who will select a shortlist. The shortlisting process will take into account: adherence to all entry requirements; the relevance and viability of the engineering innovation; the potential social, economic or environmental benefit of the innovation and the extent to which the innovation can be replicated and scaled-up.
-Selection of finalists: after a period of six months, the shortlisted candidates must submit a revised and comprehensive business plan. In addition, mentors will submit evaluations of the shortlist’s progress and of the engineering innovation’s potential. Finalists will then be chosen.
-Phase Four– Prize-giving ceremony (May 2016)

Notification: After a period of preparation, the finalists will present their work to the judging panel at an event taking place in May 2016. The final winner and runners-up for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation will be decided at the event. Following the prize-giving the finalists will be invited to attend an exhibition in the UK attended by a wide range of relevant stakeholders. This event will profile the innovations of the finalists, sharing their work with a wider audience.

How to Apply: All applications must be submitted via the online Grant System. You must register though the system before you are able to apply. The application form has six sections to complete. A CV and letter of support is also required.

Online Grant System

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 29 June