The Nigeria Artificial Intelligence Research Scheme 2023 is now open for interested applicants.  The program aims to foster a vibrant and sustainable AI ecosystem in Nigeria by providing financial support. Applications are invited from researchers and start-ups hoping to accelerate their research and development efforts.

The program will support Up to N5,000,000 each for 45 successful AI researchers or start-ups in the following areas among others: Agriculture, Finance, Health Care, Education & Workforce, Governance, Sustainability, Utility.

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  • Program Sponsor(s): FMCIDE/NITDA
  • Host Institution(s): NITDA
  • Award Amount: Up to N5,000,000 each
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Targets: Researchers and Start-ups
  • Nationality: Nigerians

Eligibility Criteria | Nigeria Artificial Intelligence Research Scheme 2023

Applicants are eligible for this program is they to meet the following conditions:

  • Consortium that includes a start-up or technology company, Nigerian academic researcher or a foreign researcher
  • Must have a research proposal that aligns with the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy’s AI priority areas
  • The applicant must have a detailed proposal outlining the project and its potential impact on the Nigerian economy
  • Must have a demonstrable track record of excellence in research or entrepreneurship
  • Must be able to publish at least one peer-reviewed article within one year of receiving the grant.
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Selection Criteria

Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel of AI experts. The selection criteria will include:

  • Novelty and originality of the research proposal
  • Applicant’s track record of excellence in research or entrepreneurship
  • Alignment of the research with the Ministry’s AI priority areas
  • Feasibility of the project

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested applicants seeking for Nigeria Artificial Intelligence Research Scheme should follow these steps:

  • Applications must be submitted through the designated online channel provided
  • The proposals will be evaluated by a panel of AI experts
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email and invited for an interview
  • Successful applicants will be notified via email 
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Application Deadline: November 15, 2023

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