Open Year RoundDeadline
Updated Dec 13, 2017
|Criteria: Label||Criteria: Description||Number||Amount Per Prize|
|Category 1 Grants||To develop and pilot innovative and economically viable biobased technologies or products. Each project under this category will receive a grant of up to US$ 750,000 for a maximum period of three years.||Up to $2,250,000|
|Category 2 Grants||For biobased technology business incubation. Each project under this category will receive a grant of up to US$ 250,000 for a maximum period of three years||Up to $750,000|
|Category 3 Grants||For developing a regional innovation-driven bioeconomy strategy. One project under this category will receive a grant of up to US$ 500,000 for a maximum period of three years.||1||Up to $500,000|
|Target Beneficiaries||Teams must ensure that their proposed project is gender responsive. The proposal should describe how the project will have an impact on both men and women, and indicate the strategic action for inclusiveness of the less represented gender. At the project level, the team should endeavour to ensure fair and equitable participation of men and women in project activities|
|Planned Usage of Funds||Value addition to agroproduce: This includes improving food and beverages, as well as preparing novel industrial green chemicals and
biofuels, or developing diagnostics tools, but excluding drug trials. It also includes new ways of producing
feed for livestock and fish, and using insects for food. Emphasis is placed on value addition to crops of great
importance to smallholder farmers and communities (both for domestic consumption and for marketing) at
regional and global levels. |
Agro/biowaste conversion: This involves conversion of agro/biowaste and other feedstock into useful renewable products or services, including using insects as biowaste converters, product recovery from solid waste, wastewater, and wastewater treatment and reuse. Other useful products may include improved feed from waste, bioprocessing reagents with selective catalysts/enzymes, or safe green chemicals, as well as the development of community-based biorefineries that also support food production.
Bioinnovation policy analysis and development: This involves background policy studies and analyses, stakeholder consultations, production of policy briefs, and implementation of actions leading to the development of an innovation-driven bioeconomy strategy for eastern African states. The strategy should provide a clear and shared vision for an eastern African innovation-driven bioeconomy and assess the opportunities for its development (including possible policy incentives), and actors and their roles in furthering the objectives of the strategy.
The team should address a challenge which is of significant regional or even global relevance. The team should demonstrate the added value of a regional, not merely multi-country approach, over a national approach.
The team should describe the technology, product or service it is promoting, and the challenge it wants to address. They should explain what is innovative, new or unique about the technology, product or service they want to introduce. If it already exists, indicate any previous work done, i.e. how much is already known about 6 the technology, product or service, and if it has been successfully deployed elsewhere, especially in Africa. The team should indicate whether the technology or product is patented or has other forms of intellectual property (IP) tied to it, and if there is possibility to use the IP for the proposed project.
|Management Team||The team should ensure that it is multidisciplinary, comprising at least three (3) and not more than five (5) partners from at least three (3) eligible BioInnovate Africa countries (applications involving partners from Burundi, Ethiopia and Rwanda are highly encouraged). Team members should come from separate independent organisations with a shared interest in the proposed project. For clarity, a regional or multinational organisation with legally established bases in the eligible countries is taken as one and the same organisation. Team members exclude students. The team must meet the compositional requirements of the category of grant they are applying for. A well-qualified person with a good track record in the field of the bioinnovation must lead the team. Women are encouraged to apply. Private sector partners in the team should have a good entrepreneurial background and business acumen, and should show their role in the project and how they will use the technology, product or service. The project leader must be a resident of one of the BioInnovate Africa countries, and must be willing and able to allocate sufficient time to the project. He/she must also be affiliated to a university, public research organisation or recognised private sector firm. In addition, the specific roles, responsibilities and added value of each of the team members should be clearly explained. It is important that the team explains how they will be coordinated, to ensure smooth implementation of the project.|
|Potential for Scale||The team should explain how the technology, product or service links to the market and its potential to create
business and market opportunities. The team should convincingly illustrate and/or show the extent to which
they think their proposed project will be competitive and viable from a business and market perspective.|
The team should describe how the proposed project contributes to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the African Union Agenda 2063 and links to NEPAD’s Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024), as well as national priorities in the countries involved. They should explain the envisaged wider economic and societal impact in terms of creating new employment opportunities and increasing incomes. The positive impact on smallholder farmers and/or agro and bioprocess enterprises in the region should be well described. In certain cases, the proposed project outputs may have value as public goods, benefitting a community or society (such as environmental sustainability and overall wellbeing of the people, but with low profitability). In such cases, the team should demonstrate this potential societal impact and long-term financial sustainability.
|Financial Statements||The team must demonstrate that their host organisations support the proposed project, and are willing and committed to providing matching funds. These matching funds may be from social impact investors, relevant government organisations or from the private sector and donors. The mode of matching funds may be based on either provision of actual funds and or in-kind contribution of staff, infrastructure and other organisational support, and should be 25% over and above the total grant budget requested from BioInnovate Africa. A clear mechanism for matching funds is important.|
|Other||Following a key principle in the Programme, the team must demonstrate a strong and realistic practical
linkage between the innovative biobased research idea (or technology) to business and the market in any of
the thematic areas (i.e. value addition to agroproduce and agro/biowaste conversion). The team should
articulate what they see as the business potential of the innovative biobased research idea or technology.
Additionally, the proposed project should state how smallholder farming communities and agro/bioprocessing
firms in eastern Africa are likely to benefit from the results of the project (or if the results will advance the
market development of the technological innovation).|
By submitting the application, the team members agree to the following:
- Comply with all rules for participating in this call process—as outlined in the Call and related documents—and that the decision of the BioInnovate Africa PAC is final.
- If successful, that the name, contact information of team members, title and objectives of the proposal and total budget may be shared on the BioInnovate Africa web page. N.B. The team should notify the BioInnovate Africa Programme Management Office about any proprietary and confidential business information that should not be shared.
- The names of external peer reviewers are confidential and will not be released to the team under any circumstances. However, feedback based on the comments of reviewers and the BioInnovate Africa PAC may be provided.
|Round 1||4 months|
|Final Decision||6-7 months|