UNECA, African Innovation Foundation (AIF) announce 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa


2012 IPA Winner: MOHAMED SANAD (middle) is a professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University.He invented the first small internal integrated micro strip antennas.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) have announced the call for entries for the 2013 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), which aims to contribute towards developing new products, increasing efficiency or saving cost in Africa.

During the launch event organized by UNECA, researchers were invited to propose projects that unlock new African potential under one or more areas which include Manufacturing and Service Industry; Agriculture/Agribusiness; ICTs; Health and Wellbeing; and Environment, Energy and Water.

“The IPA team believes that best way to build Africa’s capacity is to invest in local innovation and entrepreneurship.  This prize encourages Africans to develop creative ways to overcome everyday challenges,” said AIF chairman Walter Fust.

The initiative aims to promote among young African men and women the pursuit of science, technology and engineering careers and business applications.

Eligible entries should come from Africans and be targeted at Africa while Africans in the Diaspora can also apply if their innovations are of significance to Africa. The winning proposal will be awarded a cash prize of US $ 100,000, with the two runner-ups receiving US $ 25,000.

The registration deadline for the 2013 prize has been set for 31 October 2012 with no possibility for extensions. For detailed information of competition categories, conditions of entry, and submission procedures, please visit here.

In 2012 edition of the awards, the overall prize was won by Egypt’s Mohamed Sanad while finalists came from Kenya; Angola and Ethiopia.