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Grand Challenges Africa issues first call

The Grand Challenges Africa funding programme released its first calls for proposals on 17 November. Their target areas are innovations for maternal and child health, and communication as a tool to boost research investment in Africa.

The two GCA Innovation Seed Grants form part of a US$7 million innovation programme that aims to fund up to 40 projects over a five-year duration. The programme is managed by the Nairobi-based Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa initiative with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The funding will work on the same principles as the foundation’s other seed funding programmes: an initial US$100,000 award that can be followed by an additional US$1m for innovations with scale-up potential.

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