The International Centre of Insect, Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) is calling for applications from suitably qualified applicants for the AGriDI grants for Digital Innovations in West Africa.
AGriDI is an acronym that stands for Accelerating inclusive green growth through agri-based digital innovation in West Africa.
It is a program sponsored by the European Union (EU) and Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACP).
Applicants proposals must be on digital innovative solutions that will help fasten the adoption of digital solutions by farmers and agroprocessors, thereby boosting growth in the African agricultural sector.
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AGriDI is an intervention program that seeks to address key challenges such as climate change, sustainable use and management of biodiversity, as well as reasonable production and consumption by African farmers.
Who Can Apply?
- Research institutes
- Legally registered small and medium enterprises
- Farmer cooperatives
- Private sector corporations
- Technology hubs
- Innovation labs
- Community Based Organizations
- Civil Society Organizations
- Government ministries
- Departments and agencies
To be eligible for selection for the AGriDI grant, an applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a legal entity established at least since 2017 in one of the eligible countries in the ECOWAS region of West Africa;
- Have directly implemented research and innovation projects with the following characteristics;
- At least two grants for research and innovation activities, for an amount of Over EUR 75,000 each during the last two years (2018-2020) and
- Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the activities
- Being proposed for funding.
- Be directly responsible for the preparation, management and implementation of the proposal including joint activities with beneficiaries.
- Applicants may also include other legally established organisations or individuals and list them as ‘collaborators’ in the proposal.
The role and contribution of collaborators should be clearly described in the proposal.
Collaborators will not directly receive funds from the grant except for travel related costs. If awarded, the applicant will have fiduciary responsibility for the Project.
- Submit a maximum of one proposal per grant category but will not be awarded more than one grant in total.
- Organizations and individuals (scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy actors, among others) from organisations in other parts of Africa and globally may also participate in the call.
However, they can ONLY participate as ‘collaborators’ in a project.
A collaborator brings a specific skill or expertise to implement specific activities in a project.
- Collaborators should be described in the proposal, and their role and contribution to the project should be clearly articulated.
AGriDI has three main objectives:
- Increased uptake of agri-based digital technologies by farmers and SMEs, especially women and youth in West Africa; Strengthened linkages between research communities, industry and policy actors in digital innovations in the region
- A strengthened policy environment for scaling agri-business digital innovations in the region.
How To Apply
For more details on how to apply, kindly visit the AGriDI Grants for Digital Innovations in West Africa