The Alliance for African Partnership is now accepting proposals for the Transforming Institutions Strategic Funding Program. Successful applicants will receive up to $20,000 in seed funding to develop international strategic partnerships with universities, institutions of higher education and research, and/or organizations in the public or NGO sectors.


The application deadline is August 29th, 2022.


Alliance for African Partnership seeks proposals from AAP consortium members and their partners for activities which directly address AAP's pillar to transform institutions to be better able to participate in sustainable, equitable, and research-driven partnerships that make a broader impact on transforming lives. Travel can include any of the following—within Africa, to Africa from external locations, to the US, or to other locations outside of Africa. Virtual engagement is highly encouraged as it can be cost effective.


  • Exploratory Projects to support initial-stage partnership development. This funding is meant for new partnerships that have not previously worked together 
  • Proposal Development Projects to support partners to develop a proposal in response to a specific funding opportunity  
  • Pilot Workshop Projects to support short-term training activities or workshops


Proposed partnerships should focus specifically on institutional strengthening and capacity development. This could include projects that aim to build institutional strengths; to contribute to individuals’ capacity development which will lead to institutional strengthening; to plan for new units or institution-wide initiatives; and/or to pilot new approaches to research support, teaching or outreach that can eventually be scaled up across the institution(s).


Proposals that address the following areas will also receive priority in review: 

1) building grant proposal development and/or improving grant management, 


2)innovative models of joint teaching or degree programs (e.g., COIL courses), or  


3) innovative models of research communication and engagement (e.g., building capacity of researchers to engage/communicate with policy makers, communities, etc.)


To learn more about the program, including how to apply, visit