GRAND CHALLENGES AFRICA INNOVATION SEED GRANT ROUND 1
The African Academy of Sciences - Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA) has introdued two new challenges for applicants to seek funding. AESA is working in conjunction with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD Agency) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Round 1 is a joint initiative of the GC Africa partners and Institut Pasteur of Paris (IP).
The two grand challenges are:
1) Providing new impetus and solutions to meet the Sustainable Development Goal 3 targets for maternal neonatal and child health (MNCH) in Africa
New technologies to enable rapid identification of exposures that lead to poor outcomes in pregnancy, birth and in the first month of life — these could be exposures to communicable and non-communicable diseases.
Precision medicine approaches and techniques to identify microbes and other exposures in Africa that may increase susceptibility to non-communicable diseases (cancer, cardiovascular diseases, etc.) in mothers and children under 5 years of age.
2)Finding cutting-edge approaches to advocacy and communication that will motivate citizens of Africa and African governments to support investments in scientific research development and innovation to achieve targets set for Sustainable Development Goal 9.