Deadline: July 30, 2021

African research initiative for Scientific excellence pilot program (Arise – PP) Grant 2021 (up to 500,000 Euros)

Deadline: July 30, 2021

Are you a talented early-career scientist who has already produced excellent supervised work, is ready to work independently and shows ability to be a research leader? Then you must apply for the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence Pilot Program (ARISE-PP) Grant 2021.(up to 500,000 Euros).

It is a chance for you to continue with the development of your research career and become a principal researcher leading your own grant.


The maximum grant amount per grant is a lump sum of EUR 500,000 for a period not greater than 60months (5yrs). An Arise grant can cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of the research plus a contribution of up to 7% of the total eligible direct costs towards indirect costs.


Available to African researchers who are African citizens with 2-7 years of research experience since the accomplishment of their PhD.

With a scientific track record showing a great promise, and

An excellent research proposal to carry out best research in an African university or research institution.

The ARISE-PP grants are open to applications from all areas of research. Proposals should consider the priorities of the AU-EU High Level Policy Dialogue on Science Technology and Innovation. (Public Health, Green Transition, Innovation and Technology, Capacities for science).


Research must be carried out at an eligible university or research institution found in one of the African Union member states. The Institution to host (Host Institution – HI) should be a legal entity and a one of the leading African Institution with the ability to provide an enhanced research environment plus facilities that match the requirements of the proposed research project.

Applications for an ARISE grant must be given by the lead Principal Investigator (PI) in co-operation with, and on behalf of, their African Host Institution. Grants are awarded to the Host Institution with the commitment that this institution will offer all necessary conditions for the Principal Investigator to conduct the research independently and plus managing its funding for the duration of the project.

The PI necessarily has to be working at the proposed host institution at the time of submission of the proposal. However, a mutual agreement and the host institution`s dedication on how the relationship will be set up are necessary, should the proposal be successful. The Principal Investigator must be planning to work with the students and faculty at the proposed host institution to enhance the Host Institution’s capacity to undertake cutting edge research.

The call aims at awarding a single grant per country. Therefore, researchers seeking to work at Host Institutions in countries often not awarded grants in pan African research funding calls are advised to make applications.

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All applications and their back up documents must be handed-in in English.

Back up documents given in another language besides English should be accompanied with their English translation.

Applications must be handed-in via the AAS Grants Management System.

You can also visit ARISE for an extended Read.



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