Thursday, June 27, 2019 UTC

AGF Magazine - May 2019 issue

  • Analysis: The Cookie-Cutter Conundrum: Deploying Dry Powder in SSA
  • Analysis: How the evolution of the African model for PE sector continues to attract innovative solutions?
  • Comment: How International Financial Centres Can Fuel African Economic Development
  • News: Launch of the first impact investing platform in Mauritius
  • Subscribe Today! Visit Magazine page
News > Funds > Launches

Imperial College London and MIT launch seed fund for ‘blue-skies’ research

Anna Lyudvig
June 28, 2018, 12:36 p.m.
684

Word count: 273

Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have launched a seed fund for ‘blue-skies’ research worth up to $100,000, with a regional focus on Africa.

Receive ONE magazine and TWO locked articles of your choice for FREE when you register an account
Share:

Imperial College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have launched a seed fund for ‘blue-skies’ research worth up to $100,000, with a regional focus on Africa.

The two universities have launched a search for collaborating institutions in Africa to drive innovation from across the continent.
 
With this seed fund, researchers and educators at Imperial and MIT aim to help kick-start early-stage and ‘blue skies’ research ideas that might not otherwise be pursued.
 
The funding may be used for exploratory research, small-scale experiments and for exchanges between the three teams: one at MIT, one at Imperial, and one at a university or non-profit research institution in Africa.
 
Imperial’s Vice-President (International) Professor Maggie Dallman, who recently visited Ghana and Kenya to strengthen Imperial’s research collaborations there, said: “This seed fund is an exciting opportunity to build new partnerships with institutions in Africa.”
 
“The best science comes from international collaborations and the universities that truly globalise will be best placed to educate and innovate for generations to come,” she said.
 
“This fund has great potential to open up new opportunities and ways of thinking to tackle global challenges,” she added.
 
Imperial already has dozens of research projects taking place in countries including South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia and Uganda into global challenges such as health, infrastructure and nutrition.
 
In 2016, Imperial launched its Centre of African Research and Engagement (ICCARE) to bring together Imperial’s scientists and engineers working across the African continent on a diverse range of health and environmental research programmes. 
 
The MIT-Imperial seed fund is accepting applications up to September 17, 2018.
 

Registration Login
Sign in with social account
or
Lost your Password?
Registration Login
Sign in with social account
or
Registration Login
Registration