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Royal Academy of Engineering 2021 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is open for ambitious and talented sub-Saharan African engineers from all engineering fields to demonstrate innovative and engineering entrepreneurship skills

Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants through a six-month period of training and mentoring. Following this period of mentorship, finalists will be invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner will be selected to receive £25,000 along with runners-up, who will each be awarded £10,000.

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Engineering matters. It underpins our daily lives, drives economic growth, plays a critical role in addressing major societal challenges and helps ensure our readiness for the future, from providing a sustainable supply of food, water and clean energy, to advancing healthcare, and keeping us safe and secure. As the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology, the Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most talented and successful engineers – our Fellows – to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society. We harness their experience and ... read more


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RAENG Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation


Aim and Benefits of RAENG Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Finalists will be invited to present at an event held in Africa and a winner will be selected to receive £25,000 along with runners-up, who will each be awarded £10,000

Duration of Program: Crucial commercialisation support is awarded to a shortlist of innovative applicants, through a six month period of training and mentoring.


Requirements for RAENG Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation Qualification

To be eligible,

  1. Applicants must be individuals or groups of no more than three people.
  2. Individual applicants must be citizens of a country within sub-Saharan Africa and currently reside there. For teams of two or three, the lead applicant must be a citizen of a country within sub-Saharan Africa and currently reside there.
  3. Applicants must have an engineering innovation and provide a letter of support from a university of research institution.
  4. Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible.
  5. The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology or service, based on research in engineering defined in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of fields, including: agricultural technology, biotechnology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, design engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, ICT, materials science, mechanical engineering, and medical engineering. If you are in any doubt that your area of expertise would be considered engineering then please contact the Academy to discuss your application.

Applicants should have achieved the development of, and be in the early stages of commercialising, an engineering innovation that:

  1. will bring social and/or environmental benefits to country/countries in sub-Saharan Africa;
  2. has strong potential to be replicated and scaled up;
  3. is accompanied by an ambitious but realistic business plan which has strong commercial viability.

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Application Deadline

July 20, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Royal Academy of Engineering on www.raeng.org.uk to apply

All applications must be submitted via the online grants system, applicants should ensure they read the guidance notes before submitting their application.

All questions to be sent to [email protected]

For more details, visit raeng website



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