Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa

Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa is made possible by a generous gift from the Motsepe Foundation. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will administer the Fund together with the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, in collaboration with the Center for African Studies.

The primary purpose of the Fund is to support faculty-led and student-driven research projects that focus on advancing key challenges and opportunities facing Africa - whether it be emerging technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution; climate change and its effect on health, agriculture, water, and/or sanitation; renewable energy and its benefit to infrastructure and/or society; health; aging; materials science; and the governance and policies needed for an entrepreneurial economy. Activities the Fund may support include but are not limited to research; associated travel costs; and the publication and dissemination of findings.

Special consideration will also be given to projects that propose multidisciplinary collaboration between Harvard faculty across more than one school and Africa-based academics.

Applications for the 2020 - 2021 award cycle begins on October 1, 2020 and the deadline to apply is November 30, 2020. Prospective 2020/21 applicants may review the Request for Applications (PDF) to determine eligibility and understand the funding priorities.

Please email Li-Ming Tseng, Communications and External Relations Officer, Harvard Center for African Studies, with questions.  

Please note that this fund is only open to Harvard faculty members.

Application Link (now live)

September 9, 2020 Gazette Article

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