The Governments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Niger, Djibouti, Guinea, Togo and the Gambia, with support from the World Bank, are launching the third phase of the Regional Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE) for Development Impact (ACE Impact) Project. 

The primary objective of the project is to improve the quality, quantity and development impact of postgraduate education (defined to include Masters and PhD degrees, and short-term professional level courses and training) in selected universities through regional specialization and collaboration. 

The expected results of the proposed project include: 

·       Increase in the number of students, in particularly regional and female, enrolled and graduating from Masters and PhD programs. 

·       Improvement in the quality of programs including an increase in the number of programs – and ACE host institutions – that obtain international accreditation. 

·       Development impact attributable to the project, including improvement in the relevance of the education/training programs and of the applied research evident through: 

·       Increase in the number, and strength, of sectoral partnerships that lead to production and hiring of high-performing graduates, internships for students, application and commercialization of research results, advisory board participation, etc. 

·       Increase in the amount of externally generated revenue, including from companies and other sectoral partners.

 The ACE Impact project consists of three components: 

·       Component 1: Establishing new and scaling-up well-performing existing ACEs for development impact. 

·       Component 2: Fostering regional partnerships for emerging centers and regional scholarships. 

·       Component 3: Enhancing regional project facilitation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E).  

Grant awards will be made to one lead institution with collaborating partners up to a maximum sum of US$6 million per proposal. Amount varies per country as there are different allocations to participating countries. Lead institutions can apply for up to two proposals. Proposals must address specific regional development challenges primarily relying upon the following priority fields:        

  1. Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  2. Health Sciences.
  3. Agricultural Sciences.
  4. Environment.
  5. Applied Social Sciences.

Applicants should note that emphasis is placed on regional partnership and collaboration with the private sector, as well as international linkages.   

Proposals are hereby invited from institutions, in the above-mentioned countries where institutions must be currently offering graduate and post graduate training (PhDs) in the fields that are the focus of the proposal. Full details of the application process are contained in the Proposal Submission Form and Evaluation Protocol available on the ACE webpage accessible at: https://ace.aau.org/  

The closing date for submission of proposals is September 28, 2018. Proposals must be submitted to the AAU via the respective governments as outlined on the ACE webpage (https://ace.aau.org/). The final selection of institutions and award of grant is subject to approval by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors. Further information and questions can be submitted to the following address:  

Regional Project Coordinator 

ACE Regional Facilitation Unit 

Association of African Universities (AAU) 

Trinity Avenue, East Legon 

Accra, Ghana 

Phone: +233208183860 

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