African Union Research Grants II 2018

Deadline-22nd  of May 2018

The African Union Commission, with the support of the European Union, has launched the 2018 Open Call for Proposals of the 2nd Phase of the African Union Research Grant on February 23, 2018.

This call for proposal supports Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy-2024 which addresses the aspirations identified under Agenda 2063 and Priority 3 on Human development of the EU-Africa partnership. The call supports research on: Food, Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) with particular attention on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

The African Union Research Grant (AURG) is one of the programmes initiated within the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (DHRST) to support a Pan African research and development through grants and direct funding. The programme provides the needed opportunity to use Science and Technology (S&T) as a tool for sustainable development, building and strengthening Africa’s S&T capacities.

Objectives of the Programme

This programme will seek to deploy Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in the Agricultural sector as tool for Africa’s sustainable economic growth, wealth creation, and food and nutrition security, as well as for political stability and specifically:

  • to support collaborative Research and Innovation (R&I) activities that address critical issues facing African countries and contribute to the sustainable development of African countries and the fight against poverty, while respecting ethical and gender issues;
  • to develop the capacity of the African Union Commission (AUC) to design, implement and monitor R&I funding programmes and establish the basis for a credible and reputable African framework programme for R&I that could attract additional funds from other sources, e.g. African Union (AU) Member States and other partners and donors;
  • to enhance intra–regional and North-South scientific collaboration and research that contributes to Africa’s sustainable development.

The Specific objective of this Call for Proposals is to award grants to finance research projects that aim to Eradicate Hunger and Ensure Food and nutrition security. It is highly envisaged that the deployment and the improvement of science and technology research in this challenging area will effectively contribute to Africa’s poverty reduction strategies, economic growth and social development efforts.

Expected Results

The impact and expected results on the specific objectives of this Call for Proposal addressed by the main axis research actions will ensure a connection between research and people’s lives through:

  • Enhanced Food, Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture to reduce hunger and improve well being

Priority areas

The African Union Research Grants II – 2nd Call for proposal for 2018 distinctly focuses on one of the socio economic development priorities sectors expressed within the Africa’s Science Technology  and Innovation Strategy -2024 (STISA-2024) and also related to the focus area defined within the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue Initiatives on STI

Agriculture and food systems for nutrition, within the broader theme of Food, Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)


The overall indicative amount made available under the AURG-II 2nd Call for Proposals (2018) is USD 9,000,000 for research actions that seek to address Agriculture and food systems for nutrition, within the broader theme of Food, Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA).

Size of grants

Any grant awarded under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • minimum amount: USD 500,000.00
  • maximum amount: USD 1,000,000.00

Any grant awarded under this Call for Proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum percentages of total eligible costs of the action

  • Minimum percentage: 50% of the total eligible costs of the action.
  • Maximum percentage: 80% of the total eligible costs of the action (see also section 2.1.4).

Within these margins, the exact applicable percentage is determined by the applicant only – the applicant is free to choose within the above range.

In no event shall the Contracting Authority’s contribution exceed 80% of the total accepted costs.


  • be legal persons
  • be nationals of African Union Member States, EU Member States, and
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with their partners, not acting as an intermediary and
  • be registered locally in (or have a memorandum of understanding in relevant research areas, with) an eligible African country prior to the publication of this call for proposals and
  • have at least a three-year record in the formulation and/or implementation of research activities in Africa for which they will have to provide the relevant legal documents and
  • be able to demonstrate their experience and capacity to manage activities corresponding in scale and complexity to those for which a grant has been requested and
  • have stable and sufficient sources of finance to ensure the continuity of their organisation throughout the implementation of the proposed action and
  • belong to consortia of scientists as explained under 2.1.2 (2) – composition of partnerships. and
  • Legal persons are Institutions and not natural persons

Such nationality being determined on the basis of the organisation’s statutes which should demonstrate that it has been established by an instrument governed by the national law of the country concerned.

In this respect, any legal entity whose statutes have been established in another country cannot be considered an eligible local organisation, even if the statutes are registered locally or a “Memorandum of Understanding” has been concluded

A Memorandum of Understanding needs to be signed with a ministry/governmental body, having an effect equivalent to local official registration

  • belong to at least one of the following categories:
  • National or regional science and technology organizations, research institutions, universities, government ministries or public institutions dealing with scientific research including regional science and technology institutions, with separate legal status, not belonging to any national system but formally recognised by one of the eligible countries; or
  • Established science and technology networks provided that: all network members and the network headquarters are located in eligible countries; the network has a legal status; the network is applying in its own right; and the network has been registered for a minimum of two years;

Application Process

  • Complete application form
  • Applications must be submitted in accordance with the instructions on the Concept Note and the Full application form included in the Grant Application Form annexed to these Guidelines (Annex A).
  • Applicants must apply in English
  • The application form must be completed carefully and as clearly as possible so that it can be assessed properly
  • Any error or major discrepancy related to the points listed in the instructions on the Concept Note or any major inconsistency in the application form (e.g. the amounts mentioned in the budget are inconsistent with those mentioned in the application form) may lead to the rejection of the application.
  • Clarifications will only be requested when information provided is unclear, thus preventing the African Union Commission from conducting an objective assessment.

Please note that:

  • Only the completed Grant Application Form and the annexes (e.g. Budget, Logical Framework) that are attached to these Guidelines – will be considered valid and will be transmitted to the evaluators and assessors. It is, therefore, of utmost importance that these documents contain all relevant information concerning the Action. No supplementary annexes should be submitted.
  • Applicants must keep strictly to the format of the application and fill in the paragraphs and the pages in order.
  • The information provided must explain the proposed Action in a concise and complete manner.
  • Applicants must provide the budget with round figures with two decimals.
  • No additional and unrequested information must be included.
  • Hand-written applications will not be accepted.

Where to send:

Applications must be submitted in a sealed envelope by registered mail, courier service or by hand-delivery (a signed and dated certificate of receipt will be given to the deliverer) at the address below:

Postal Address:

Programme Management Unit

African Union Research Grant

Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology

African Union Commission

Roosevelt Street

O. Box 3243

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 Hand Delivery Address

Programme Management Unit

African Union Research Grant

Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology

c/o The Registry Service Unit

African Union Commission

Roosevelt Street

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


  • How to send:

Applications must be submitted in both a paper and an electronic version in a standard text (Microsoft Word) and calculation (Microsoft Excel) format:

Paper version

One (1) original and two (2) copies in A4 or letter size, each separately bound and inserted together in one envelope, must contain the following completed documents, for which the Annexes A, B and III of these Guidelines must be used:

  • Grant Application Form: Annex A (Part A: Concept Note, and Part B: Full Application Form),
  • Budget: Annex III (worksheet 1 ‘Budget’, and worksheet 2 ‘Sources of funding’),
  • Logical Framework : Annex B
  • The ‘Checklist’ and the ‘Declaration by the Applicant’ (Part B Section VI respectively Section VI of the Grant Application Form) must be stapled and enclosed separately in the same envelope.

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