TechInAfrica – The Royal Academy of Engineering is calling for application for the 6th edition of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation challenge. For applicants who want to submit their proposals, the deadline is until July 22, 2019, at 4 pm BST or 6 pm of East African Time.
All submitted proposals will be assessed and reviewed based on eligibility by technical experts and a panel of judges. At this stage, only 16 applicants will be selected. The selected applicants will participate in an eight-month bootcamp where they will get training and mentorship. On the next level, they will pitch their projects to a panel of judges and only four finalists will be selected. The bootcamp program will run from November 2019 to June 2020.
The four finalists will compete and get the assessment at the grand ceremony. The overall winner will be awarded 25,000 Pounds while the runners up will receive 10,000 Pounds each. On the other hand, the remaining shortlisted applicants will be invited at the grand ceremony, getting a chance to showcase their innovative solutions at an exhibition.
For those who are interested to join the challenge, these are the criteria:
- You must be individuals or small teams
- For individual applicants, you must be the citizens of a country in Sub Saharan Africa
- For teams consist of two or more, the lead applicant must be a citizen of a country in Sub Saharan Africa
- Applicants must provide an engineering innovation (not necessarily an engineering graduate or students)
- Applicants must provide a letter of support from university or research institution, stating that the individual studied at that institution. If applicants are not associated with a university, you need to provide a document that proves the status of your organization or innovation, like a document of incorporation or similar
- The lead applicant must be beyond 18 years old (there is no upper age limitation)
- Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible to apply
- The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology, or service, which is based on research in engineering defined in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of fields.
Follow these following instructions to apply for the challenge:
- Applications are submitted via the online grants system and applicants need to register for a free account to submit their applications
- Applicants login to the online Grant System then select Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2019/20
- In the ‘Instructions’ screen, you will see an application form with six sections (it might take about 1 and half hours to complete. Applicants can answer the questions in any order or skip the sections and return to them later)
- In the application process, applicants can save their work and return to it later. The system will automatically save anytime there is a change made.