Call for proposal

                                                  RUFORUM Entrepreneurship Challenge Program (RECAP)

                                                       Call for Establishment of Agribusiness Incubation Hubs,

                                                                               01 March, 2019


                                                  Southern Africa (University of Eswatini and University of Zambia)

                                                  West Africa (Njala University and University of Liberia)

                                                  East Africa (Ndejje University and Muni University, University of Juba)

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation is implementing an eight year programme “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev)”. The TAGDev Programme seeks to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. Under the TAGDev, a focus towards developing a critical mass of young business leaders by providing a supporting environment where startups, innovations and disruptive ideas from universities are fast tracked to service communities and nurture enterprises driven and led by youth in Africa has been envisioned. This will be delivered through the RUFORUM Agricultural Enterprises Challenge Program (RECAP).   

The RECAP is therefore designed to strengthen university entrepreneurship education and impact by supporting the development/ strengthening of Agri-Enterprise Innovation Hubs (AIHs) at universities that will support the development of agricultural enterprises through entrepreneurial skills development. The RECAP Call for Proposals is described in this document with deadline date for receipt of all Proposals before or on 30th April 2019.  A transparent, competitive process is proposed to select seven university based projects with maximum grants of up to $50,000 each to establish/strengthen AIH and implement support to agribusiness development in Africa.

For this call specific RUFORUM member universities are eligible to apply.

          Important dates for the Call are as below:

  1. Deadline for FULL Proposals to RUFORUM Secretariat by 30th April, 2019
  2. Compliance Review and send to External Reviewers by 3rd May, 2019
  3. Communication of results of the review process to applicants 24th May, 2019
  4. Technical Committee Decision  31st May, 2019
  5. Communication of selection results by 4th June, 2019
  6. Submission of revised proposals 15th June, 2019
  7. Grant Agreements Received by 25th June, 2019
  8. Funds Disbursed by 30th June, 2019
  9. Project effective date 1st July, 2019

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