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Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa

Internal Funding Opportunity: Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa

Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa is made possible by a generous gift from the Motsepe Foundation. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will administer the Fund together with the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, in collaboration with the Center for African Studies.

The primary purpose of the Fund is to support faculty-led and student-driven research projects that focus on advancing key challenges and opportunities facing Africa – whether it be emerging technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution; climate change and its effect on health, agriculture, water, and/or sanitation; renewable energy and its benefit to infrastructure and/or society; health; aging; materials science; and the governance and policies needed for an entrepreneurial economy. Activities the Fund may support include but are not limited to research; associated travel costs; and the publication and dissemination of findings.

Special consideration will also be given to projects that propose multidisciplinary collaboration between Harvard faculty across more than one school and Africa-based academics.

Applications for the 2021 – 2022 award cycle begins on September 21, 2021 and the deadline to apply is November 12, 2021. Prospective 2021/22 applicants may review the Motsepe RFP 2021 10 19 2021 final (PDF) to determine eligibility and understand the funding priorities.

Please email Li-Ming Tseng, Communications and External Relations Officer, Harvard Center for African Studies, li-ming_tseng@fas.harvard.edu with questions.

Please note that this fund is only open to Harvard faculty members.

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