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African Research Initiative

African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence Pilot Programme

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Are you a talented early-career scientist who has already produced excellent supervised work, is ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader? The African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence Pilot Programme (ARISE-PP) Grant is an opportunity for you to further develop your research career and become a principal researcher leading your own grant.


The maximum grant amount per grantee is a lump sum of EUR 500,000 for a period not exceeding 60 months (5 years). An ARISE grant can cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of the research plus a contribution of up to 7% of the total eligible direct costs towards indirect costs.

Who can apply?

  • African researchers who are African nationals with 2-7 years of research experience since completion of their PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise, and an excellent research proposal to conduct excellent research in an African university or research institution.
  • African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence Pilot Programme is open to applications from all fields of research. Proposals should take into account the priorities of the AU-EU High Level Policy Dialogue on Science Technology and Innovation (Public Health, Green Transition, Innovation and Technology, Capacities for science).


  • ARISE grant applications can only be submitted in response to a Call for Proposals.
  • All applications and their supporting documents must be submitted in English.
  • Supporting documents issued in a language other than English should be accompanied by their English translation.
  • Applications must be submitted via the AAS Grants Management system (Ishango).
  • Application forms, guidance notes, and links to other relevant documents are available on this webpage.
  • Submission of Expressions of Interest opens on 18 June 2021 and closes at 17.00 EAT on 30 July 2021.
  • Successful Expressions of Interest will be invited to submit full applications between September and October 2021.
  • Refer to the Guide for Applicants for a full description of the call.


Type of Opportunity Miscellaneous
Deadline30 July,2021
Open toAfricans
OrganizerThe African Academy of Science



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