APSA Challenge Science and Technology – Ethiopia 2018 for African young scientists & entrepreneurs (5,000 euros prize)

Application Deadline: July 31th 2018

APSA Challenge Science and Technology – Ethiopia 2018: Technologies and Innovations for Sustainable Development

A competition organized by the Association for the Promotion of Sciences in Africa (APSA). This competition aims at promoting research, innovations in science and technology (S&T), and entrepreneurship for sustainable development in Africa. It is aimed at African young scientists and young entrepreneurs.

The candidates will submit a project or a Prototype describing the characteristics of an innovative device they wish to propose as part of the Challenge. By device, it should be understood any technology providing a solution for sustainable development and environmental problems and that can be declined in the form of Clean Energy Production, Up/Down/Re-Cycling, Water Treatment, etc.

The APSA (Association for the Promotion of Sciences in Africa) is an association under the French law 1901 created in 2008, from a unique vision:

Africa needs Science and the world needs African Scientists.

APSA members include 4 Nobel Prizes and 4 Fields Medals but also more than a 30 young researchers.

The objectives of APSA are :

  • Work for scientific training and support emerging researcher teams in Africa
  • Assist in the development of high-level scientific research
  • Influence the international scientific community to act in these directions
  • Foster collaborations between African and European scientists, and between African scientist themselves
  • Help research Professors from African universities who have set up, under difficult conditions, higher education attracting a growing mass of young people
  • To develop a true shared scientific culture to enable Africa to solve its own problems using the most effective tools, those of the most advanced science
  • Assist African organizations to develop research and pedagogical tools in experimental sciences
  • Promote entrepreneurship and the creation of start-ups impacting Science and Technologies


  • The Challenge is open to any person with African citizenship residing in Africa.
  • Applicants residing outside Ethiopia must find their own funding support to participate to steps 3 and 4 of the contest.

Note that during the registration process, you will have to provide a single zip file containing the following pdf documents:

  • the description of the prototype as described by the contest rules
  • a copy of the ID cards of all candidates
  • if candidates are members of an institution, a letter from that institution mentioning their affiliations to that institution and an authorization to candidate.


Main dates

Step 2 August 1 to September 30, 2018 Shortlisting of 10 semi-finalist prototypes
Step 3 October 1 to October 31, 2018 Resubmission of the 10 semi-finalist prototypes
November 1 to November 15, 2018 Re-evaluation of the 10 semi-finalist prototypes
November 16 to November 30, 2018 Announcement of the 3 finalist prototypes
Step 4 December 8 – 10, 2018 Science fair and prize ceremony
Step 5 January to July, 2019 Organization of the research stay and research stay in the Hi-Tech Lab

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the APSA Challenge Science and Technology – Ethiopia 2018


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