Phase 3 of the programme is currently closed for applications.

All applications must be submitted via the online grants system. Please read the guidance notes before starting your application.

Online grants system (you must first register an account.)

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In order to best support applicants in the process, and ensure all applicants have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have, a webinar was held on 6 June. This webinar is for anyone interested in applying, partnering, or supporting an application, or anyone interested to learn more about the process:


Eligibility Criteria 

Please click the link above to download the full guidance notes. Current GCRF Africa Catalyst Phase 2 project leads and Pilot Phase project leads ARE eligible for this scheme, as are those who have not yet been an awardee of this programme. The lead applicant should ensure that:

  • They are a not-for-profit organisation based in one of the sub-Saharan African countries listed below*, working in partnership with at least one UK-based organisation
  • The application is complete and all relevant documentation is submitted. Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • The proposed project aligns with the programme objectives
  • There is a UK partner organisation who is committed and engaged with the project (Please note: if any applicant does not have a UK partner, the Academy can help to match them with one. Please see below or follow this link for more info.)

*The Academy’s definition of sub-Saharan Africa includes all countries defined by the African Union within Central, East, Southern, and West Africa. These are as follows: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Applications can be made for one of two bands of funding:

  • SMALL GRANTS: For projects between £30,000-70,000 carried out over a maximum of 12 months.
  • LARGE GRANTS: For projects between £80,000-160,000 carried out over a maximum of 18 months.



Phase 3 of GCRF Africa Catalyst aims to build on and scale up previously successful capacity building activities, of the kind funded in the Pilot and Phase 2 stages of the programme. Close collaboration between organisations in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK will be an integral part of Phase 3. 

Where partnerships with a UK organisation already exist, potential applicants are encouraged to use these. However, the Royal Academy of Engineering can make introductions so that potential partners on both sides can scope whether the match is right before embarking on an application together. If you would like to be matched up with potential partners, please follow one of the links below: 

  • Click here if you represent an African organisation seeking an introduction to a UK partner
  • Click here if you represent a UK orgnaisation seeking introduction to an African partner