Are you an African organisation keen to be matched with a UK partner?

The GCRF Africa Catalyst programme will be open for applications to Phase 3 of funding from 2 May 2019 until 3 July 2019. The call aims to provide grants that support sub-Saharan African Professional Engineering Bodies, to drive long-term and sustainable improvements to engineering capacity and development in sub-Saharan Africa. All projects under this grant scheme will have support from a UK partner organisation.

Where partnerships with a UK organisation already exist, potential applicants are encouraged to use these. However, the Royal Academy of Engineering can match those who do not have existing relationships with potential UK partners who will add value to their proposed project. By making introductions, 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 via the programme website.


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.