Question 1: Are you able to fund individual students or must be group of student?

Yes, we are funding individual students but you must have an academic mentor in the field of AI and or in the any of the four theme areas: HIV, maternal health, adolescent health. Also groups and startup organizations that are less than five years as well as those that are five years or more.

Question 2: Do you accept Applications from new young organizations? From up country?

Every organization, with the necessary requirements as per the guiding document, is eligible for funding.

Question 3: How many grants are you providing?

The available funding will cover up to eight grants; as per the successful applicants in any of the four theme areas.

Question 4: Can one apply through their University

Yes, you can apply through the university. There are different ways through which this can be done: one is that a university can apply as an established organization in which case you are part of the team in the university applying. Two, as an established organization which caters for institutions, research hubs, private and non-government organizations.

Question 5: Which category of students are you targeting for the fund?

PhD Scholars and Masters’ students can submit their applications.

Question 6: As an organization that works in telemedicine and EMR services to rural areas in East Africa to offer diagnosis and treatment to children and mother is in rural areas are we eligible for the grants?

Yes, you do qualify. As long as your innovation is providing an A.I. related solution to any of the four themes which include Maternal and Child health.

Question 7: Are 8 grants for Uganda only or all of Africa?

This is a Sub Saharan Africa call and these are all from around Africa not only Uganda.

Question 8: I heard that applicants, should ensure they undertake ethical clearance. would that mean stating how the proposed item/project would handle ethical issues or otherwise? please offer more clarity on at what stage you expect one to have done the ethical clearance.

As you may know, any science grant needs to take care of the ethical considerations prior to making any of the innovations. We encourage all the applicants to take note of that, if you are using data sets that are going to come from the HASH project themselves, these have already received ethical clearance from the relative institutions from which the studies were conducted. However, if you are going to use new data sets you are going to ensure that you have ethical clearance to use those data sets. It may not be a full on ethical application but at least you need to have waivers that allow you to analyze that data or use whatever data sets that you want to develop the innovations from. We need to stick to the international standards in any kind of research.

Question 9: I would like to know if you need the application with ethical approvals.

You need to first get an academic mentor at the university and start applying but you must indicate the ethical clearance statement to assure us that you will be able to get clearance for the letter or the research that you are going to do.

Question 10: Do the guidance notes contain the specific criteria for grading the proposals?

The guidance document on page nineteen indicates the details of the assessment criteria; how the different aspects of the proposal. Please do check out the guidelines.

Question 11: Can several teams apply from the same university?

Yes, several teams from the same university can apply as long as the ideas are different and each team meets the requirements.

Question 12: Can individuals who are not students apply and get mentors from universities? What is the plan for those not registered as organizations or startups but have concepts?

If you are not an established organization or a start-up, you should at least be a student affiliated with a university.

Question 13: How important is it to have a diverse research team across different regions or it’s just ok to have all members within the same institution or department?

We encourage diverse teams; the team formation is part of the design of your project because the team should be able to support the institution of the project and it is one of the things the assessment criteria will also be looking at. Where it is possible to have members from different regions and different disciplines; that could be the potential you need. The added value to the team looking at the feasibility and other aspects of the project. This is an Africa-wide call so we would be happy to see emerging teams across the world.

Question 14: How can one apply to support through offering mentorship?

Please reach out to our coordination team, our contacts will be shared in the chat, please reach out and we can follow up with the discussion thank.

Question 15: Is in-vitro assisted reproduction qualifying for the HASH

Yes, if you have A.I related innovations around it as well as the data; ethically approved data sets and the research questions around that.

Question 16: The available funding is $10,000 – $15,000 for students and start-up organizations and $30,000 – $40,000 for established organizations, for a period of up to 18 months?

Yes, this is true for startup organizations and students we have that and for organizations more than five years old.

Question 17: Can a hospital college apply?

Yes, as long as it fits the criteria and can provide the requirements.

Question 18: Is this RFA open to business firms as well or only for NGOs?

It is open to business firms/Companies, Universities and organizations

Question 19: If one is using publicly available dataset is ethical clearance a requirement?

The ethical guidelines change within countries; you are strongly urged to clearly look at the guide lines in your respective country. However, the publically available data sets vary for example an innovation that uses twitter data that is publically available, you need to get a waiver. At the time of submission, you would need to tell us at least quote one of the guidelines that allow you to use publically available data without ethical clearance.

Question 20: How real is it for 51 countries to compete for only 8 slots?

Yes, it is real for these 51 countries to compete for the 8 slots because its wide-spread call and we do not want to limit the applicants; we want to choose from the best.

Question 21: I am from sub-Sahara Africa but I currently study in the United States. Can I still apply and use my mentor /Advisor from my university here in the US?

We are targeting Academic institutions in Sub Saharan African countries.

Question 22: For each application, should it cover one or more or all the 4 thematic areas?

Yes, the requirement is that you must fit in at least one of the four themes but we don’t restrict you. The goal is to have the primary focus; it might be optimal that you don’t do many thematic areas in one project but rather focusing on one theme. This ensures that you will have a manageable project and will avoid the risk of overlapping with other thematic areas since they are inter connected.

Question 23: By startup, are you looking at an entity being a registered startup or for as long as I have an idea to implement, I qualify to be a startup?

For a startup, we mean an organization that is registered and evidence of this registration must be provided. An individual can apply as part of the Organization or start-up or as a student (Masters’ or PhD) through a university and must have a mentor from that university.

Question 24: Can an employee of an organization with knowledge on A.I. and MSRH apply with undergraduate level of education?

You can only apply as part of that organization. Undergraduate students do not qualify for this grant application.

Question 25: Can undergraduates working for an organization and have knowledge on AI apply as an undergraduate?

Yes, they can apply as part of that organization but not as a student.

Question 26: Does this call support early stages of AI projects: e.g. ideation stage?

Yes, as long as it is addressing particular practical problem. Make sure that your problem is well defined and the approach and application of A.I. is well defined in at least one of these thematic areas. What we need is demonstration that what you are proposing is feasible given your experience and your understanding of the problem as well as what you are proposing.

Question 27: What geographical scope or space is this research expected to cover? Is it countrywide level, statewide level or Local government area level?

We do not define or describe the geographical scope but given the amount of funding that is available, we expect applicants to be realistic and define the scope that is feasible and achievable within the allocated time frame. We don’t accept the ambitious projects that aim to target the entire country, your entire continent within the terms that are available. So be realistic depending on the project that you are working on.

Question 28: If my study is being done online and the study is being done in sub-Saharan Africa, but under European University. Is that qualifying? and in fact the study will start to be used in Africa after the project is done?

We are targeting African institutions in the Sub Saharan Africa to qualify for the fund.

Question 29: If we do not have a PHYSICAL prototype built yet, can we still apply under the Innovation Track?

Yes, you can still apply even if you do not have the physical prototype built yet.

Question 30: Must we develop a prototype for any project approved?

We do have two tracks: research track and the innovation track. The research track means that you might be investigating new ideas where the contributions could be looking at new research outputs and publications. The innovations track considers the outputs that could be prototypes or artifacts being produced at the end of the project.

Question 31: Can the project be applicable for all tracks?

Each project should be specific to one of the tracks