Who Can Apply For Funding

  1. Public and Private Research Institutions
  2. Public and Private Universities
  3. Researchers
  4. Innovators
  5. Postgraduate Students


The partnership between UK and Kenya is known as the Newton-Utafiti Fund. ‘Utafiti’ is a Swahili word that means ‘research’. The Fund in Kenya is administered in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Education. Click here for more information

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) of the Republic of South Africa are pleased to invite you to the first Africa Innovation and Investment Forum 2020 with a focus on COVID-19 that will be held from 15-19 June 2020 (https://www.uneca.org/aiif2020).  Find attached the invitation letter.

The Forum will showcase Africa’s innovation and production potential, promote knowledge and information exchange, link investors and innovators as well as facilitate collaboration.  We would like to inform you of the opportunity to showcases innovations you may have implemented or strategies to support innovators and entrepreneurs to combat COVID-19. Detailed information is available online here (https://www.uneca.org/disgec/pages/innovation-government-challenge-covid-19) and (https://www.uneca.org/aiif-covid-19-ic-fr/pages/africa-innovation-and-investment-forum-2020-covid-19-innovation-challenge).

You may also wish to learn that a Youth Competition and Innovation Design Bootcamp with a focus on COVID-19 will also be held from 15-26 June 2020 (https://www.uneca.org/yicdb2020fr/pages/youth-innovators-competition-and-design-bootcamp-2020-covid-19) as part of the Forum. The bootcamp is supported by ECA,UNESCO, DSI (South Africa), Engineers for Change (US) and curated by University of Pisa (Italy)