Scientist and young scientist in the laboratory.The Award encourages African countries' own initiative to translate research results into innovative solutions which will benefit the population in Africa. It is aimed at promoting research activities that are application-oriented and sustainable and address the needs of society.

The Innovation Award will be presented to researchers in African countries and their German partners for proven outstanding research with the potential for application in combination with a utilization or commercialization plan. The plan should already provide perspectives for the lasting consolidation of cooperation between the partners and if possible for medium and long-term development of structures at the location in Africa. The Award will take the form of project funding to support the transfer of convincing research results already available into utilization-oriented solutions, product-oriented commercialization and the
development of structures.
The Award is oriented to the strategic cooperation priorities of the BMBF Africa Strategy.
Funding will be provided for collaborative projects which involve international cooperation and preferably deal with one or more of the following priority areas in line with the funding purpose described above:
- Environmental sciences
- Health research
- Bioeconomy
- Societal development and social sciences (in particular socially responsible business practices, social innovations, sustainability concepts)
- Resource management (in particular exploitation of locally available resources, resource efficiency and sustainability)
- Information and communication technologies

The project plan is expected to include joint work phases in the African partner country. It should, as a rule, also include at least one joint work phase by the partners in Germany.

Application deadline: January 15, 2019