The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led initiative with the objective of strengthening science, technology and engineering capability in Sub- Saharan Africa (SSA) to further its socio-economic transformation. PASET established a Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) to contribute towards the training of a critical mass of PhD and post-doctoral candidates, and support research and innovation in priority thematic areas: ICTs including big data and artificial intelligence; food security and agribusiness; minerals, mining and materials engineering; energy including renewable; and climate change. The primary objective is to strengthen institutional capacity for quality and sustainable doctoral training, research and innovation in transformative technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa.
It is currently funded by contributions from African governments, the World Bank and the Government of Korea; and managed by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, as the RSIF Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU). icipe (www.icipe.org) is a non-profit research and development organization that was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with country offices in Ethiopia, Uganda and Somalia. In 2018, icipe was competitively selected by the World Bank and PASET to serve as the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) of RSIF with a mandate that includes overall coordination planning, monitoring and evaluation of RSIF activities including management of PhD scholarships, and research and innovation grants.
The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) competitive grants complement the PASET-RSIF Ph.D. training scholarships. These grants support knowledge generation, promote scientific excellence and encourage the use of knowledge for development impact in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Additionally, PASET-RSIF grants present its recipients with opportunities to reach out to and create synergies with national research funds.
Collaboration with international partners and private sector partners is highly encouraged across all the grants.
PASET-RSIF Institutional Innovation Capacity Building Program (ICBP) Grants: This grant aims to support the AHUs in the development of a conducive environment for university-industry partnerships. It supports the development of an institutional framework to enhance the innovation ecosystem within the universities thus increasing the investment of private sector in Research and Development projects to encourage commercialization of these innovations.
The call is open to the PASET-RSIF African Host Universities and their partners from private sector, business incubators, accelerators, or technology hubs in SSA and International partners with experience in innovation capacity development, including commercialization of knowledge.
PASET-RSIF will award of up to USD 50,000 per grant for a period of up to 2 years from the time of award. The AHUs are required to provide matching funds for successful implementation of the projects.
The first Call for Proposal for this grant is CLOSED
PASET-RSIF Cooperability Grants: These grants are awarded to faculties of AHUs with an aim of encouraging public-private partnerships. Researchers from the AHUs are required to establish partnerships with private sector and international partners who have experience in commercialization of innovative research ideas. The grants support the opening of new companies/ spin off companies as a result of innovative scientific research ideas translated to the market ultimately contributing to economic growth and increase job opportunities. Partnering private companies will be required to provide co-financing to the projects and support the development of innovative, market -oriented goods, services or technologies with potential for commercialization.
The Call is open to researchers and faculty involved in the PASET-RSIF Ph.D. program at the RSIF Host Universities and their partners from private sector; and International Partners preferably with experience in innovation development and commercialization of knowledge.
RSIF will award up to USD 50,000 per grant to be implemented for a period of up to 2 years. Matching funds will be required from private sector partners for successful implementation of the grant projects.
The first Call for Proposal for this grant will be launched in Mid October, 2019
PASET-RSIF Research Awards (RSIF-RA): These grants are awarded competitively to faculty personnel engaged in PhD training in PASET RSIF selected African Host Universities (AHUs). The grants enable faculty members to advance their research and to help their PhD students generate exceptional research results with the potential for commercialization.
The projects will be implemented for 3 years from the time of award.
Eligible applicants are (a)outstanding faculty members from PASET-RSIF AHUs participating as teachers and mentors in the Ph.D. program for doctoral students; and (b) International Partners as collaborators.
Budget: PASET-RSIF will provide an award of up to USD 90,000. For sustainability and ownership, the AHUs and /or International Partners are required to provide matching funds for successful implementation of the projects.
The first Call for Proposal for this grant is NOW OPEN!
Proposal Submission Deadline : Midnight JANUARY 20th, 2020 (EAT)
PASET-RSIF Junior Investigator Research Award (RSIF JIRA): These grants are awarded to PASET-RSIF PhD graduates that hold a permanent or post-doctoral position in PASET-RSIF AHUs or any other university / research centre in SSA. The grant aims to promote research excellence among young researchers that propose joint research projects in collaboration with international partners preferably scientists from African Scientific Diaspora engaged in prominent international research institutions.
Only PASET-RSIF PhD graduates that hold a permanent or post-doctoral position in University or research centre in SSA and their international partner collaborators are eligible to apply for this grant. RSIF will award up to USD 80,000 per grant to be implemented for a period of up to 2 years from the time of award.
The first Call for Proposal for this grant will be launched in March 2021
Overview of the Grant Award Process
Proposal Submission Deadline : January 20, 2020 Mid night East Africa Time (EAT)
- Complete the online application and submit together with the required supporting documents via the online system HERE.
- The online system will accept the following file types doc, docx, pdf, rtf, zip, rar, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, tif. The maximum file size accepted for any single file is 5 MB.
- Reference the Proposal Guidelines and Instructions to Applicants document for guidance in completing your application. Should there be any challenges navigating the application system, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a list of the call documents required for completion of the application:
- Call for proposals- RSIF Research Award (English) or (French)
- Proposal Guidelines and Instructions to Applicants (English) or (French)
- RSIF Research and Innovations Grant Manual and Procedures 2019 (English) or (French)
- Proposal Budget Template
- Results Matrix Template
- Environmental and Social Impact Screening Tools
- Sample letter of Support- Host University (English) or (French)
- Sample letter of Support Partners (English) or(French)
Webinar Questions and Answers
Who is eligible to apply for the RSIF Research Award?
The call is open only to the RSIF African Host Universities in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) collaborating with International partners with experience and research interest in scientific areas aligned to PASET RSIF priority thematic areas.
Which are the RSIF Host Universities in SSA?
RSIF has competitively selected 11 African Host Universities to offer PhD programs aligned to PASET Priority Thematic Areas. Visit the websites below to learn more about each of the RSIF African Host Universities and the eligible PhD Programs
- University of Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Cote d’Ivoire/ Africa Center of Excellence for Climate Change Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (CCBAD), http://www.wascal-ci.org/
- University of Gaston Berger, Senegal/ Africa Center of Excellence for Mathematics, Informatics, and ICT (MITIC), http://www.ceamitic.sn/index.php
- Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania/ Africa Center of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals in Southern and Eastern Africa (SACIDS) http://www.sacids.org/
- The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Tanzania, https://www.nm-aist.ac.tz/
- University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, PhD Program in Petroleum and Gas Engineering / Energy Economics, http://www.aceuniport.org/index.php?lang=en
- University of Nairobi, Kenya , PhD Program in Physics, http://physics.uonbi.ac.ke//uon_degrees_details/1014
- University of Ghana, PhD. Applied Agricultural Economics and Policy/Agribusiness, https://www.ug.edu.gh/aea/
- University of Rwanda, PhD in Internet of Things: Embedded Computing Systems https://aceiot.ur.ac.rw/?q=content/phd-studies
- Bayero University, Nigeria, PhD Program in Natural Resource Management and Climate Change, http://www.cda-buk.edu.ng/
- African University of Science and Technology, Nigeria, Pan African Materials Institute (PAMI), PhD program in Material Science, https://www.pami.aust.edu.ng/
What are the PASET Priority Thematic Areas?
The RSIF priority areas are identified by PASET Executive Board and these are:
- ICTs including big data and artificial intelligence;
- Food security and agribusiness;
- Minerals, mining and materials engineering;
- Energy including renewables; and
- Climate change
Who should the lead applicant be?
The lead applicant shall be outstanding faculty members from the RSIF Africa Host Universities actively involved as lecturers or supervisors of RSIF PhD Scholars under the select PhD program of the PASET RSIF Program.
How many applications can be submitted from each RSIF African Host University PhD Program?
There is no limit to the number of proposals to be submitted by eligible applicants from the PhD program of the RSIF African Host University. Proposals to be awarded will be competitively selected by a panel of independent experts.
In which language should the proposals be submitted?
Proposals can be submitted in English or French.
Which partnerships are required for making an application to the RSIF Research Award?
Lead applicants are expected to establish partnerships with international partners with experience and research interest in scientific areas aligned to PASET RSIF priority thematic areas. The team shall jointly develop scientific collaborative projects expected to generate novel results.
How do I structure my proposal?
How much funding is available from RSIF for the RSIF Research Award?
RSIF will issue 10 grants of up to $90,000 per grant to competitively selected proposals. Kindly refer to the Proposal Guidelines and Instructions to Applicants (LINK) for details on allowable costs.
Is matching funding mandatory for this grant?
Yes, the grant requires matching funding from either, international partner, foreign or private fund or sponsor either in cash or in kind in line with the conditions of the Call.
How do I apply for the grant?
To apply for the RSIF Research Award, complete the ONLINE application and submit the required supporting documents via LINK
When is the deadline for submitting applications?
All applications should be submitted by Midnight January 6, 2020 EAT. Late applications will not be considered.
How will applicants be notified on the status of their proposal?
Letters rejecting or accepting proposals with statements of opinion will be sent to all applicants within three months after the application deadline. Summaries of successful proposals will be published on the RSIF website.
Who can I contact if I have more information about the RSIF grants?
Please send any questions via email to Cynthia Orang’o, Research & Innovations Grants Officer at email@example.com or Telephone: +254 20 8632780 ( ext 2438)
Does the application portal accept partial submission of applications?
Yes, Applicants will get a link with the status updated to facilitated a “save and continue later ” with the application.