Between December 2016 and June/July 2017 the Academy supported 15 six-month long pilot projects with a wide range of objectives. Following evaluation of the pilot projects and based on lessons learned, Phase 2 was designed to give greater flexibility to awardees. These projects could be between 12 and 36 months long and could opt for a variety of budget sizes depending on the scope, scale and requirements of the project. The eight projects funded under Phase 2 began in December 2017.

The GCRF Africa Catalyst programme was open for applications to undertake a Phase 3 Project from 2 May 2019 until 3 July 2019. Details about these projects will be confirmed shortly.