The funding award honours African researchers and their German cooperation partners for outstanding research achievements with high application potential. In addition, it provides funding for a German-African cooperation project and offers accompanying transfer qualification measures for the award winners.
The funded collaborative projects shall further develop research results already achieved into application-oriented solutions, product-oriented utilisation and structure-building initiatives.
Funding will be provided for collaborative projects preferably dealing with one or more of the following priority areas:
- Environmental sciences
- Health research
- Societal development and social sciences (in particular socially responsible business practices, social innovations, sustainability strategies)
- Resource management (in particular valorization of locally available resources, resource efficiency and sustainability)
- Information and communication technologies.
The application procedure has two phases: First, African applicants can either be nominated for the award by a representative of a German university / research institution / company, or they can apply for the award themselves. In both cases, the African-German project partners submit a jointly developed project outline (in English) and at the same time express the willingness to cooperate within the framework of a joint research project.
Submission deadline for project outlines (1st phase) is November 7, 2023.
In the second phase of the procedure, the applicants whose project outlines have been successful in the evaluation will be invited to submit full formal proposals. Applications may be submitted by universities, non-university research institutions and other institutions contributing to research as well as commercial companies.
For further information about the funding announcement and the previous award winner, please visit www.gaiia-bmbf.de.
For questions regarding the award, the application/nomination procedure, please contact BMBF’s entrusted project management agency DLR Projektträger:
Ms. Juliane Kuttenkeuler
Phone: +49 228 3821 -1335
Mr. Tiemo Pokraka
Phone: +49 228 3821 -2097