Last Updated

14 Nov 2019

UKRI GCRF Call For Proposals: Digital Innovation for Development in Africa (DIDA)

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched a call to support Digital Innovation for Development in Africa (DIDA). The call forms part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5 billion UK government fund to support cutting-edge research and innovation which addresses the problems faced by developing countries.

This two stage GCRF call will support seed funding for Networks working within the following thematic areas:

  • Digital Rights
  • Smart Communities
  • Digital Health

The seed funded DIDA Networks should be inherently multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary. They should also aim to facilitate the development of partnerships between researchers, industry, NGOs, policymakers and practitioners. It is expected that businesses in both the UK and Africa will play a key role in many of these networks. 

For the first stage call, the seed fund Network must be led by a Network Leader (Principal Investigator (PI)) based in a UK Research Organisation (RO) eligible to receive funding from UKRI, or, based in an equivalent eligible Research Organisation in an African country. The lead organisation will be responsible for the overall management of the grant including control, disbursement and assurance of funds. Once the awarded Networks have commenced, they will be eligible to apply to a second competitive call. 

Closing date is November 12, 2019.

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