There is a new opportunity for Africa-based investigators to apply for Innovation Seed Grants up to $100,000 for “1) solutions and strategies to reduce maternal, neonatal and child deaths in Africa, [or] 2) creative communication approaches to inspire African governments to fund research and development.”

A fuller description is online at

These grants will go to “innovators resident in Africa with any level of experience, working in any discipline in colleges, universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-governmental and non-profit organizations.” The goal is to find local solutions to Africa’s pressing challenges and help the continent achieve the SDGs.

Submissions are due 1 pm on February 17, 2017 – effectively Thursday, Feb 16, for applications from Africa. (ORA deadline, if JHU is a sub or partner on a submission, will be Thursday, Feb 9).

This partner website for AESA in Africa links to registration info and instructions for prospective applicants and their institutions:  

Registering may be complicated, especially for first-time applicants and institutions, so please urge your partners and colleagues to begin this process early even if they have not decided whether to apply.