FG NAIRS N5,000,000 Grant Opportunity For Nigerians

Nigeria Artificial Intelligence Research Scheme (NAIRS) launched by the Federal Ministry of Communications Innovation and Digital Economy is an initiative that aims to foster a vibrant and sustainable Al ecosystem in Nigeria by providing financial support, facilitating knowledge sharing and collaboration among individuals and organisations in the Al industry

Supported Field:

Up to N5,000,000 each for 45 successful Al researchers or start-ups in the following areas among others:

Agriculture, Education and Workforce, Finance, Governance, Healthcare, Utility, Sustainability

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Consortium that includes a start-up or technology company, a Nigerian academic researcher or a foreign researcher

2. Must have a research proposal that aligns with the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy’s Al priority areas

3. The applicant must have a detailed proposal outlining the project and its potential impact on the Nigerian economy

4. Must have a demonstrable track record of excellence in research or entrepreneurship

5. Must be able to publish at least one peer-reviewed article within one year of receiving the grant

Application Process:

a. The application opens on October 13, 2023, and ends November 15, 2023

b. Applications must be submitted through the designated online channel here https://airg.nitda.gov.ng

c. The proposals will be evaluated by a panel of Al experts

d. Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email and invited for an interview

e. Successful applicants will be notified via email

Selection Criteria:

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

a. Novelty and originality of the research proposal

b. Applicant’s track record of excellence in research or entrepreneurship

c. Alignment of the research with the Ministry’s Al priority areas

d. Feasibility of the project