Call for Submissions: Innovating Education in Africa 2022 (up to $100,000 Grant)

Innovating Education in Africa

Deadline: September 15, 2022

Call for Submissions are now open for the African Union Innovating Education in Africa 2022. The AU Innovating Education in Africa Call invites innovators to propose new and practical education innovations with the potential for sustainability, scalability and replication on a wide scale.

They are looking to mobilize continental education innovators to rethink solutions that will help address education and skills development challenges in Africa especially as countries emerge from COVID-19.

They aim to create change by:

  • Incentivizing innovators to identify major education and skills development challenges in Africa;
  • Sourcing innovative ideas and solutions to those challenges for adoption replication and scale-up; and
  • Encouraging innovation partnerships involving education and training institutions, governments and other key stakeholders.

Benefits Of The Innovating Education in Africa Grant 2022

Successful applicants will benefit from one or more of the following:

  • Receive grants of up to $100,000 USD to strengthen the interoperability of innovations with public education systems, while collecting evidence on effectiveness.
  • Promotion of Innovation to AU Member States and Development Partners, including publication in the Africa Education Innovations Handbook 2022.
  • Certificate of recognition from the Commissioner of Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation of the African Union.

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Eligibility For The Innovating Education in Africa 2022

Applications will be accepted from citizens of AU Member States leading an organisation that meets the following criteria.

  • Successfully implementing an education innovation in one or more AU Member States with verifiable outcomes. An education innovation refers to a product or service being offered by an organisation which uses a relatively distinct approach—with respect to the African context—in addressing challenges in the education system.
  • Legally registered and licensed to operate in an AU Member State.
  • Directly responsible for the implementation and management of the innovation, i.e., not acting as an intermediary.

Evaluation and selection process For The Innovating Education in Africa Grant

Submissions will undergo the following process.

Activity Outcome Timeline
i. Eligibility Check The longlist of eligible innovations 19-21 September 2022
ii Technical review and


50 promising innovations and 10 finalists for Early Pitch are selected. 22 September –

7 October 2022

iii Early Pitch (Virtual) 5 finalists for Final Pitch are selected 13 October 2022
iv Final Pitch (Tunisia) 3 Innovations are selected and awarded grants November 2022

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Application For The Innovating Education in Africa Grant 2022

Submissions should be made online in English or French, with the following information.

  • Brief statement of the challenge being addressed (100 words).
  • Description of the innovation, specifically how it functions, the implementation approach, and revenue model (500 words).
  • Report of the performance and outcomes of the innovation (500 words).
  • Documentation of business registration and license of operation.

Note that no more than one innovation may be submitted by an organisation; failure to comply will lead to disqualification. Recipients of grants under the IEA programme in the past are not eligible to apply.

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Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2022 by 23:00 (GMT+3). Enquiries may be sent to [email protected].

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For more information, visit AU IEA.

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