GCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards Round 6

GCRF AgriFood Africa Innovation Awards Round 6

Successful UK-registered organisations will receive a grant of up to £30,000 to support UK-Africa collaborations to explore solutions to African AgriFood challenges.

Innovation Awards support collaborations between organisations in the UK and Africa to address African AgriFood challenges. Successful UK-registered applicants will receive a grant of up to £30,000 for a 5-month project to be completed by 30 January 2024.

Innovate UK KTN is delivering these Innovation Awards as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund AgriFood Africa Programme.

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What is an Innovation Award?

Projects should explore solutions to address African AgriFood challenges through a defined research/innovation project between a UK-registered and an Africa-registered organisation.

You can apply for an Innovation Award of up to £30,000 (inclusive of VAT).

You will be informed whether your application is successful or not by 1 September 2023.

Awards must be completed by 30 January 2024.

  • ScopeInnovation Awards must address African AgriFood challenges in at least one of these areas:
    • primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture.
    • improving the availability and accessibility of safe, healthy and nutritious foods.
    • challenges in food processing, distribution or storage, or value addition (i.e. through a change in the physical state or form of the product).
    • non-food uses of crops, excluding ornamentals and crops for energy use.


The innovative projects being funded through the Awards must show the potential to reduce poverty, increase economic prosperity and improve well-being in Africa, through the uptake of agricultural and food systems technology and innovation.

Innovative projects must:

  • be sustainable in the context of environmental challenges such as climate change and resource scarcity.
  • minimise negative effects such as pollution, food loss and waste.
  • promote safe, healthy and nutritious diets.
  • show benefit to an ODA-eligible African country’s agriculture and/or food systems to contribute to sustainable, healthy, safe and nutritious diets.
  • consider diversity and equality, including where appropriate empowerment of girls and women in agriculture and food systems
  • Who can apply
    • Projects must be led by a UK-registered business, charity, University or Research Training Organisation (RTO).The Lead can work with one other partner organisation, which must be based in an ODA-eligible African country.Applications must include a registered business as one of the partner organisations.Assuming the projects and/or partners are substantially different, lead applicants from UK-registered universities/ RTOs/ charities and lead applicants from UK-registered businesses/charities can submit a maximum of two applications.
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