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Call for Proposals for Early-Stage Bio Incubation Projects (closed)

Call for Proposals for Early-Stage Bio Incubation Projects (closed)

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Opening date: 21 November 2022

Closing date: Open (this Call has been closed)

BioInnovate Africa was established in 2010 with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). It is implemented as a regional science and innovation-driven programme of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) since October 2016. icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. BioInnovate Africa participating countries include Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. BioInnovate Africa enables scientists in these countries to translate biologically based ideas, inventions and technologies into practical uses that benefit society. This is crucial as the countries accelerate efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, and search for more sustainable solutions that conserve biodiversity, reduce carbon emissions, and mitigate and help the region adapt to climate change.

Please, visit here for more information about BioInnovate Africa.

This Call for Proposals is intended for entrepreneurial scientists from universities and research institutes to establish new and innovative biologically based enterprises that are sustainable and contribute to poverty reduction in eastern Africa countries. The new enterprise should be based on research outputs or scientific discoveries that can be translated to practical solutions for industry and society.  Ideas presented should have past proof of concept in the laboratory or field.

The proposals should address any of the following BioInnovate Africa thematic areas:

      • Value addition to agro-produce and other biological resources
      • Biological waste conversion
      • Biologically based healthcare products


Funding per project is a grant amount of up to US$(dollars) 250,000  for a period of three (3) years. Each project team shall comprise of three (3) individuals; from either the same organisation, or from different organisations in the same country, or from different organisations in different countries in eastern Africa.

The application process is online and should be made in English. The closing date of this call is open and is dependent on the quality, innovativeness, feasibility, and potential impact of the submitted proposals. Evaluation of proposals will be carried out every three months until the available grants have been awarded.

 Please, obtain detailed information about this Call at the following links:

      • Call guidelines
      • Application template for proposals – click to download (If you can not access the downloaded document, please try using a different web browser. Also check the download file on your computer).


Watch the recorded information webinar on this call, which was held on 2 February 2023, click here.

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