Seed Grants - 1st Call

Call Type

Seed grants


call closed

Call ID

Call ID: V6LFISA/2015/SFG001

Deadline for submission

1 February 2016

Call closed; the information below is for reference purposes only.


The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a NEPAD Agency Flagship for collaborative research, development and an innovation platform aimed at addressing Southern Africa's challenges in health and nutrition. It is one of the five Networks under the Consolidated Plan of Action for Science and Technology (African Biosciences Initiative) and was officially launched in August 2005. The NEPAD SANBio Network was reconfigured in response to the 4 Pillars and 6 Priority Areas of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024 - a 10-year strategy which is part of the long-term African Union Agenda 2063). STISA-2024 envisages the accelerated transition of largely commodity-based African economies to innovation-led, knowledge-based economies. Such economies should be underpinned by robust science, technology and innovation (STI) systems.

In line with STISA-2024, the SANBio Flagship and its supporting programmes are implemented on a regional multi-country basis outlined in the SANBio Business Plan. The Network is comprised of 12 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States and operates on a Regional Hub (The CSIR in South Africa) and Country Nodes model. The current SANBio Member States are Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The BioFISA II Programme is the second phase of a Finnish-Southern African Partnership (BioFISA) Programme meant to strengthen the NEPAD SANBio Network. BioFISA II started in April 2015 and will be implemented until February 2019. Funding under BioFISA II is aimed to support and strengthen biosciences research and development as well as human capacity development in the 12 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States through the existing NEPAD SANBio Network.

SANBio/BioFISA II Programme invites public research institutions, universities, private sector and NGOs (in the 12 SADC countries listed above) to submit their Expressions of Interest (EoI) for grants to support seed projects.

Seed projects have the following general guidelines:

-      The seed projects implemented should emphasis the later stages of the biosciences value-chain and have the ability to scale up;

-      The projects must ensure the involvement of at least two countries in any of the countries that SANBio operates in;

-      The funding principle for seed projects will be that 60% of the funding will come from BioFISA II and 20% cash and 20% costed in-kind contribution from the project implementation partner.

Applications for the Seed Project Grants should be in line with the following priority areas: Value addition of natural products for nutrition and well-being, remedies for disease control and ICT in health and nutrition.


Expression of Interest (EoI)

Applicants are requested to submit their EoI to the SANBio/BioFISA II Programme Unit using the available templates and guidelines. The guidelines and application forms can also be downloaded on the SANBio website ( and submitted via email both in Word and signed PDF. The Word version (unsigned) must contain the same information as the PDF. All enquiries should be done by email at least 21 days before the deadline, and these (together with the responses) will be shared with all prospective applicants and replied to no later than 11 days before the deadline.



Up to Rand 1 million will be disbursed per seed project.



Applications should be submitted to the email address:, clearly referenced: "V6LFISA/2015/SFG001". Applications must be submitted by Monday, 1 February 2016 at 16hrs (GMT).

SANBio/BioFISA II reserves the right not to accept applications deemed irrelevant following this advertisement.

Only applications which are submitted to SANBio/BioFISA II Programme using appropriate templates and guidelines will be considered.


Application documents and guidelines have been archived in the Document Library section.