Are you a potential UK partner keen to be matched with an African lead applicant? 

The GCRF Africa Catalyst programme will be open for applications to Phase 3 of funding from 2 May 2019 until 3 July 2019. Applications must be lead by an organisation based in sub-Saharan Africa (see FAQs for more details). However, all applications must be supported by a UK organisation. To that end, we are seeking expressions of interest from UK institutions who are interested in partnering with a sub-Saharan African Professional Engineering Body, to drive long-term and sustainable improvements to engineering capacity and development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Through this Expression of Interest from, UK-based organisations that are keen to engage in the programme but lack the right connections to an African partner can be matched up with potential collaborators. 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.

About the programme:

Launched by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016 and funded by UK Government’s Global Challenges Research Fund, the GCRF Africa Catalyst Programme aims to strengthen professional engineering bodies in sub-Saharan Africa so that they can effectively promote the profession, share best practise and increase local engineering capacity, to help drive development.

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. A full list of these projects can be found here.

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, leveraging UK expertise to enhance impact.