Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa

Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa is made possible by a generous gift from the Motsepe Foundation. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research will administer the Fund together with the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs, in collaboration with the Center for African Studies.

The primary purpose of the Fund is to support faculty-led and student-driven research projects that focus on advancing key challenges and opportunities facing Africa, including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • emerging technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • climate change and its effect on health, livelihoods, agriculture, water, and/or sanitation
  • renewable energy and its benefit to infrastructure and/or society
  • health
  • aging
  • materials science
  • governance and policies needed for an entrepreneurial economy

Special consideration will be given to projects that propose multidisciplinary collaboration between Harvard faculty across more than one School and/or that include collaboration with Africa-based academics, and proposals that integrate the arts and humanities into STEM projects (STEAM).


2022 award cycle begins on September 20, 2021. Prospective 20201/22 applicants may review the Request for Applications to determine eligibility and understand the funding priorities.

Please email Li-Ming Pan, Communications and External Relations Officer, Harvard Center for African Studies, with questions.  

Please note that this fund is only open to Harvard faculty members.

Application Link (Opens on September 20, 2021)

September 9, 2020: Gazette Article

April 7, 2021: 2020-21 Awardees Announced