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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).

Read the 2022-2023 Press Release

2022-2023 TI Awardees

Advancing Women in Research and Leadership at Higher Education Institutions in East Africa: ADVANCE FORWARD 

  • Rajalakshmi NadadurKannan (MSU), Elizabeth Nansubuga (Makerere), and Naomi Lumutenga (HERS-EA) 
  • Institutional Partners: Makerere University, Michigan State University, Higher Education Resource Services East Africa (HERS-EA) 

Ameliorating the Accidental Professor Syndrome through Early Careering Pathing Workshop Series 

  • Carl Boelhert(MSU), Chidozie Nnaji (UNN)
  • Institutional Partners: University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Michigan State University 


Building Capacity of Key African HEI to Harness the Value of Nano-Biosensor Technology through the Global Alliance for Rapid Diagnostics 

  • Benard Oloo (EU), Chelea Matchawe (IMRMPS), Evangelyn Alocilja (MSU) 

  • Institutional Partners: Egerton University (EU), Institute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plant Studies (IMRMPS), Michigan State University


Building institutional capacities in genetic engineering and biotechnology research in African universities and research institutions 

  • Josiah Ouma Omolo (EU), Guo-Qing Song (MSU) 

  • Institutional Partners:Egerton University, Michigan State University 


Capacity Building to Combat Gender-Based Violence Project 

  • Denise Troutman (MSU), Fatoumata Keita (ULSHB), Lydie Tonguino (Enfants du Globe) 

  • Institutional Partners: Universite des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako (ULSHB), Michigan State University, Enfants du Globe 


Developing an Effective Undergraduate Food Science and Technology Curriculum to Strengthen Food Security in Malawi 

  • Jeffrey Swada(MSU), Smith Nkhata (LUANAR), LimbikaniMatumba (LUANAR) 

  • Institutional Partners: Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Michigan State University 


Development of an Undergraduate Food Packaging Curriculum to Strengthen Food Security in Nigeria and Africa In General 

  • Gabriel Ifeanyi Okafor (UNN), LaurentMatuana (MSU), KingsleyMasamba (LUANAR) 

  • Institutional Partners: University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Michigan State University, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) 


Driving the Inclusion of Women and Youth in Senegalese Markets with Digital Technology 

  • Leonidas Murembya (MSU), Michael Olabisi (MSU), Mamadou Moustapha Ka (UCAD),Mayoro Diop (UCAD), Mouhamad Allaya (Université de Thiès) 

  • Institutional Partners: Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Michigan State University, Université de Thiès 


Evaluation of Soft Tissue Across Racially Diverse Populations in South Africa, a Pilot Study for Populations at Risk of Pressure ulcer development 

  • Jill Slade McMahon (MSU), Nkhensani Mogale(UP) 

  • Institutional Partners: University of Pretoria (UP), Michigan State University 


Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Developing Research and Capacity Building Grants Among Female Researchers and Early Career Academic Staff 

  • Kwame Yeboah (MSU), Emiliana John Mwita (UDSM) 

  • Institutional Partners: University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Michigan State University


Check out our Transforming Institutions Past Awardees.


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