Harvard University Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Program Fund for Africa

Harvard University Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Program Fund for Africa

The 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, including, but not limited to, the following areas: emerging technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution climate change and its effect on health, livelihoods, agriculture, water, and/or sanitation
renewable energy and its benefit to infrastructure and/or society health aging materials science
governance and policies needed for an entrepreneurial economy

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications are invited from individuals who hold a faculty appointment at a Harvard School and who have principal investigator rights at that School. Harvard Medical School faculty must hold a faculty appointment with PI rights in one of HMS’s basic or social science departments. Faculty may request support for Harvard postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates.

  • Individuals who are principal investigators on an active Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa award will not be funded. Previous awardees are invited to apply for a new project, provided their prior award cycle has concluded.

    Application Requirements and Instructions

  • Applicants are advised to work with local research administrators, as school-level review may be required in advance of application submission, based on school policy.

    You will be asked to submit the following information and documentation:

  • Contact information for principal investigator and any co-investigators or collaborators.

  • Single paragraph summary of proposal (150 words maximum)

  • Proposal of up to 1,000 words that succinctly describes the proposed research project, its significance and expected impact, and
    any proposed collaboration with Africa-based academics or researchers. An additional field will be provided for inclusion of no more than two additional pages of supplemental information (citations, images, etc.). The faculty review committee is comprised of members hailing from various disciplines, which may or may not include that of the applicant. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit proposals demonstrating impact in a manner comprehensible to a highly educated lay audience.

  • CV of no more than 3 pages for each PI, co-investigator, and collaborator. If funding is requested for postdoctoral scholar(s) or graduate student(s), please also include a CV for each such individual. Biosketches are not permitted.

  • Project budget must be provided using the form available in the application. Applicants must also use the budget justification form provided to explain each budget item.

  • Attestation by an appropriate representative (e.g., academic dean, department chair, administrative director) of the applicant’s department or division, that:

  • Their department and/or division supports the application, and agrees to manage the project if awarded (details provided in application portal)

  • If salary support is requested, this has been approved by the relevant persons (see below for additional information)

  • Letters of support or collaboration are unnecessary, and are not permitted.

  • Unallowable expenses

  • Student tuition

  • Renovation and capital project costs

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Harvard University Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Program Fund for Africa

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