The Africa Oxford Health Innovation Platform (AfOx-HIP) 2021 for emerging African researchers and innovators.

Application Deadline: 31 March 2021.

The Africa Oxford Health Innovation Platform (AfOx-HIP) is a multi-disciplinary programme to support African innovators develop new solutions to Africa’s health challenges. It does so by connecting research to industry to tackle prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment through impact investment and innovation. AfOx-HIP is a University of Oxford  collaborative platform supported by key researchers and led by the Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx). 

AfOx-HIP is an extension of Africa-Oxford collaborations aimed at connecting research to industry to solve intractable societal challenges. AfOx-HIP helps ideas come to life as real solutions to big challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship by pursuing a broader purpose for sustainable futures. The shifting societal perceptions aligned to creating and sustaining value in the world provide an opportunity for promoting pursuit of purpose through impact investment and innovation.

AfOx-HIP is open to work in any scientific discipline, including outside life sciences and engineering sciences, and any type of technology leading to the creation of solutions towards disease prevention, diagnosis, management and treatment.

Examples of technologies include:




Digital technologies


Solutions should demonstrate strong potential for health systems strengthening, and particularly, significant improvement in healthcare equity and access. Applications are open to all areas relevant to Africa’s health challenges.  Novel solutions relating to maternal and neonatal care to improve mortality and morbidity outcomes; medical laboratory-related testing and diagnostic capacity to support treatment, monitoring and control of pathogens and to increase resilience to endemic diseases; and zoonotic disease-related solutions are highly encouraged.

Applications from female and under-represented innovator/entrepreneurs are highly encouraged. 


AfOx-HIP will work with African innovators in the co-development of skills ranging from creative problem solving, translational research, entrepreneurship, and venture acceleration.

50 outstanding emerging African researchers and innovators

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health for Africa

15 innovators will be awarded AfOx Innovation for personalised support


How to apply

This call for applications is for the AfOx Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scheme. Applications should be submitted through the AfOx on-line submission portal at the latest by 23:59 BST, Wednesday 31 March 2021. Outcomes of the application will be communicated in May 2021.

Successful applicants will be provided with further details of the training. It is expected that the entire cycle from virtual training for the 50 outstanding innovators through to the Oxford-based support for the 15 top projects, will be complete before April 2022. Responses to Frequently Asked Question can be accessed here.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Africa Oxford Health Innovation Platform (AfOx-HIP)


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