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Transforming Institutions Strategic Funding

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) seeks proposals from AAP consortium members and their partners for activities which directly address AAP's Transforming Institutions pillar (transforming institutions to be better able to participate in sustainable, equitable, and research-driven partnerships that make a broader impact on transforming lives). Successful applicants will receive seed funding to develop international strategic partnerships with universities, institutions of higher education and research, and/or organizations in the public or NGO sectors. 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. 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).

2022 Invitation for Proposals now open!

Applications are due by August 29, 2022.

 2021 Awardees

A Partnership to Support Practitioners and Researchers in Developing and Carrying out Culturally Competent Interventions for Children and Families with Disabilities

  •  Sarah Douglas (MSU); Shakila Dada (UP) 
  •  Institutional PartnersMichigan State University; University of Pretoria (South Africa) 
A Strategic Partnership to Strengthen Mental Healthcare Capacity and Clinical Training in Primary Care in Uganda
  •  Lekie Dwanyen (MSU); Rosco Kasujja (Makerere)
  •  Institutional PartnersMichigan State University; Makerere University (Uganda)
Building Capacities for Development Evaluation (BUCADE)
  • Robin Miller (MSU); Almas Mazigo (UDSM)
  • Institutional PartnersMichigan State University; University of Dar es Salam (Tanzania) 

Building capacity to improve postharvest management in Central African Republic

  • Veronique Theriault (MSU); Lucie Aba-Toumnou (University of Bangui); Boukary Baoua Ibrahim (University of Maradi); Mbaké Sembene (Université Cheikh Anta Diop); Dieudonné Baributsa (Purdue)
  • Institutional PartnersMichigan State University; University of Bangui (Central African Republic); University of Maradi (Niger); Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal); Purdue University (USA)

Developing an Inclusive Research Partnership to Strengthen Environmental and Social Development in Kenya

  • Wilkister K. Nyaora (Egerton); Joshua K. Maiyo (USIU); Grace Nyambati (The Technical University of Kenya); Wei Liao (MSU) 
  • Institutional Partners: Egerton University (Kenya); United States International University - Africa (Kenya); The Technical University of Kenya; Michigan State University

Development of an undergraduate dietetics curriculum to strengthen nutrition and dietetics training and services capacity in Malawi

  •  Robin M. Tucker (MSU); Getrude Mphwanthe (LUANAR)
  •  Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Malawi)

Diversity and Inclusion in Leadership and Training

  • Damaris Choti (MSU); Nelson Turyahabwe (Makerere); Raymond Musiima (MFAI)
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; Makerere University (Uganda); Michigan Fellows Agribusiness Initiative

Leveraging Local Knowledge and Decolonial Frameworks to Transform Higher Education Contexts in the U.S. and South Africa

  • Vaughn W. M. Watson (MSU); Saloshna Vandeyar (UP)
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; University of Pretoria (South Africa)

Piloting a Community-Based Field School for long-term engaged learning, research, and partnerships

  • Bothepha Mosetlhi (UB); Jennifer Hodbod (MSU)
  • Institutional Partners: University of Botswana, Michigan State University 

Tackling Sexual Harassment and Transforming Institutions through Workshops and Edutainment: A Three-University Collaborative Approach

  • Ikechukwu Erojikwe (UNN); Nasima Carrim (UP); Julie Libarkin (MSU)
  • Institutional Partners: University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Pretoria (South Africa); Michigan State University

A reciprocal knowledge exchange partnership to strengthen student success through academic advising and student support

  • James Lucas (MSU); Kgadi Clarrie Mathabathe (UP)
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; University of Pretoria (South Africa)

Check out our Transforming Institutions Past Awardees.


Please contact Amy Jamison at jamisona(at) or 517-884-2127 with any questions.