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2022-2023 Transforming Institutions Press Release

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Transforming Institutions Strategic Funding 

2022-2023 Press Release

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is excited to share the 2022-2023 Transforming Institutions Strategic Funding awardees. The selected awardees have received seed funding to develop international strategic partnerships with universities, institutions of higher education and research, and/or organizations in the public or NGO sectors. Through this opportunity, grantees will 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). 
This year’s projects focus specifically on institutional and capacity strengthening. They have proposed to reinforce institutional strengths; contribute to individuals’ capacity strengthening, which will lead to institutional strengthening; create new units or institution-wide initiatives; and pilot new approaches to research support, teaching, or outreach that can be scaled up across the institutional partners. Each project team consists of a faculty PI from Michigan State University and at least one PI from an African AAP member institution. AAP is proud to support such important work, and we look forward to learning from each of these projects as they develop and deepen collaborations around transforming institutions.

2022-2023 AAP Transforming Institutions grants awardees: 

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

  • Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan (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), Limbikani Matumba (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), Laurent Matuana (MSU), Kingsley Masamba (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 



Please contact AAP Co-Director Amy Jamison at jamisona(at) or +1-517-884-2127 with any questions.