Get up to EUR 500,000 in the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence Pilot Program (Arise PP) Grant 2021

Are you an African researcher with 2-7 years research experience since the completion of your PhD?

Then apply for the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence Pilot Program (Arise PP) Grant 2021 for a chance to get up to EUR 500,000 for a period of 5 years.

Application Deadline: July 30 2021


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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.


What proposals are eligible?

The ARISE-PP grants are 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).


Eligible Host Institutions

Research must be conducted at an eligible university or research institution located in one of the African Union member states. The Host Institution (HI) must be a legal entity and a leading African institution able to provide an excellent research environment and facilities that match the requirements of the proposed research project.

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Application Instructions

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 with 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.

About the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence Pilot Program (Arise PP) Grant 2021

The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) is a non-aligned, non-political, not-for-profit pan African organisation whose vision is to see transformed lives on the African continent through science.

Our tripartite mandate is recognising excellence through The AAS’ highly prestigious fellowship and award schemes, providing advisory and think tank functions for shaping Africa’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) strategies and policies and implementing key Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) programs addressing Africa’s developmental challenges.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest (EOI): Friday, 30th July 2021
  • Submission of Full Application: September – October 2021
  • Interviews for shortlisted candidates: January 2022
  • Commencement of Grant Awards: April/May 2022
  • Submission of Expressions of Interest opens on 18 June 2021 and closes at 17.00 EAT on 30 July 2021.

When the call is published:

Read the call documents carefully.

Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for ARISE-PP grants and if the call is suitable for you.

Identify the host institution and team members for your proposed research project.  Work with your host institution when writing your proposal, to ensure that your host institution can provide you with the support you will need to implement your research project. Allow time for other people to review your draft. Your former supervisor, peers and other scientists can all give you helpful support and feedback.

Familiarise yourself with the African Academy of Sciences’ Ishango grant management system and other useful resources. 

For help, refer to the FAQ document provided on the ARISE webpage. You may also contact the ARISE team via email on

Only one submission per applicant is allowed.

Submit your proposal as early as possible; deadlines cannot be changed under any circumstances. You may save and update your draft submission from time to time. However once submitted, proposals cannot be edited.

On successful submission of your proposal, you will receive an ‘acknowledgement of receipt’ e-mail. If you do not receive the acknowledgement receipt email, please double check if your proposal has been submitted and contact the ARISE team BEFORE the submission deadline.

After the submission of your Expression of Interest,

The Secretariat at the AAS will check that your proposal is complete and meets the call’s eligibility criteria.

Eligible proposals will be blind reviewed by an independent Expert Review Panel.

The shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit full applications for further consideration.

Submission of full applications will be open for 2 months to enable candidates submit solid applications. After the deadline, the full applications will be reviewed by an independent Panel of Experts after which shortlisted candidates will be interviewed for final listing.

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