Call for Applications

Southern Africa Network for Biosciences BioFISA II Programme Flagship Projects

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Application Deadline: 16 May 2016 at 24:00 (GMT+2).

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).

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 Concept Note for grants to support flagship projects. Flagship projects have the following general guidelines:

–      The flagship projects implemented should emphasis the later stages of the biosciences value-chain and have the ability to scale up. Flagship projects supported should prove that they have proof of concepts or a prototype and have been demonstrated in the relevant environment;

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

–      The funding principle for flagship 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 Flagship Project Grants should be in line with the following priority areas:

Human health


Health-related Agriculture issues

Applicants are requested to submit their Concept Notes to the SANBio/BioFISA II Programme Unit using the available templates and taking into account the guidelines that are applicable to this call. The guidelines and application forms can also be downloaded on the SANBio website ( The application form can be 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 by the 25th of April 2016, and these (together with the responses) will be shared with all prospective applicants on the SANBio website no later than 11 days before the deadline.


Up to Rand 4.5 million will be disbursed per Flagship project.

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


Applications should be submitted to the email address: sends e-mail) , clearly referenced: “V6LFISA/2016/FSG001“. Applications must be submitted by 16 May 2016 at 24:00 (GMT+2).


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences  BioFISA II Programme

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