Seeking Applications for the Innovative Manufacturing in Africa Awards

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Do you represent a makerspace located in Ghana, Kenya or South Africa?

We are currently Seeking Applications for the Innovative Manufacturing in Africa Awards, to support increasing research capacity in makerspaces in Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. All workshops and outputs will be focused on publishing research and outputs openly under CC license. Deadline to apply is Feb 24, 2023. Please share broadly!

The Innovative Manufacturing in Africa Project, funded by Research and Innovation Systems for Africa (RISA), is a 9-month project that will support research and innovation capabilities in the hardware maker innovation ecosystem in Africa.

The Innovative Manufacturing in Africa Project aims to strengthen the hardware maker innovation ecosystem and its research capacity in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa by:

  • Increasing their research capacity so that they can show their impacts more effectively;

  • Adopt (and then in future scale up and out) innovative infrastructures for distributed production;

  • Develop common indicators and gather evidence to make the case and to build the ecosystem;

  • Develop operating models that are accessible to makerspaces to adopt, grow and thrive.

We are seeking 9 Makerspace Leaders who represent spaces led by or serving underrepresented or marginalised groups in Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, each of whom would receive an award of $19,000.00USD. For more details on who should apply, guidelines for application, please see the project page.

The DEADLINE for priority consideration of applications is Friday February 24, 2023. Applicants will receive a response regarding their proposals by February 28, 2023.


If you have any questions regarding the application process or the project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us any time at

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Thanks for sharing this opportunity, Sarah, noting the assertion that outputs will be openly sharable but also the clear alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

And as usual I got distracted following the links discovering the mAKE site

I hope someone might be organizing something around these efforts for Open Education Week – if you or anyone part of the efforts wants to participate, I am inviting people to share projects and efforts like this on the OEWeek Live! series happening every day of OEWeek.

Mostly we appreciate you sharing this important call for applicants to the Innovative Manufacturing Awards.

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