Second call for concept notes for sustainable bioinnovations towards value addition and agro/bioprocessing for smallholder farmers and communities in eastern Africa

BioInnovate Africa Programme is pleased to announce approximately US$ 3.5 million grant funding over three years (2018–2020) to support scientists, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in eastern Africa to link innovative biobased research ideas and technologies to business and the market. Creating such links will help transform bioscience research outputs into goods and services that improve people’s lives in an environmentally sustainable way.



Please note clarifications made in Sections 3, 5c and 9e of the call document.

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BioInnovate Africa Programme

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The Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (BioInnovate Africa) Programme is a regional initiative supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to assist countries in eastern Africa benefit from the revolutionary advances in biosciences, by converting such technologies into innovations for inclusive growth and sustainable development. BioInnovate is based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently operates in six eastern African countries namely: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

BioInnovate Africa evolved from BioEARN – a regional network of research excellence in biosciences founded in 1999. In Phase I (2010 – 2015), the Programme focused on building innovation consortia/platforms on crop improvement technologies, value added products from millet and sorghum, sustainable utilisation of agro industrial waste and bioscience innovation policies. In Phase II (2016 – 2021), it will build on these previous efforts, but with more emphasis on linking biobased ideas and technologies to business and the market. This will be done in the thematic focus areas of: a) value addition to agro produce and creation of agribusiness opportunities, b) agro/biowaste conversion in support of climate change mitigation and environmental sustainability and c) development of policies that foster bioscience innovations in the region.



  • Business incubation a means for effective business development

    BioInnovate Africa Programme organised a Business Incubation Model Development Workshop from 26 – 28 February, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was for the BioInnovate Africa Programme Category 2 business incubation project teams, to strengthen their capacity for professional business incubation as one of the routes to commercialize their innovative biological-based technologies and/or products. The project teams participated in developing a model BioInnovate Africa professional business incubation framework that will guide the business development process for their projects.

  • BioInnovate Africa phase II launched

    BioInnovate Africa Programme, one of Africa’s largest regional innovation-driven science initiative, officially marked entry into its second phase with three key highlights: increased funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); call for a new round of proposals from eastern Africa scientists and innovators, and enhanced steps towards the creation of a bioeconomy strategy for the region.

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