APPLY: 2023 Federal Government NITDA AI Research Grant for Nigerian Researchers & Start-ups

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APPLY: 2023 Federal Government NITDA AI Research Grant for Nigerian Researchers & Start-ups

The NITDA AI Research Grant is a program under the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, providing 5 million to each of the 45 successful researchers and startup companies.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly reshaping various industries, with substantial potential to stimulate job creation, economic expansion, and societal advancement.


Nigeria, as the largest economy in Africa with a population exceeding 200 million people, a youthful demographic with a median age of 18.4 years (World Bank, 2022), a growing pool of tech talent, and a thriving startup ecosystem (including 6 unicorns as of 2022 – CB Insights, 2022), is well-positioned to leverage AI for catalyzing economic progress.


  • Host: Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN)
  • Category:  Competitions| Fellowships
  • Eligible Country: Nigeria
  • Reward: 5 Million Naira NITDA AI Research Grant | 45 Slots
  • Deadline: November 15, 2023


Recipients of the NITDA AI Research Grant are obligated to utilize the funding exclusively for the intended project and in accordance with the approved budget. Each grant recipient must enter into a formal agreement with the Federal Ministry of Communication, Innovation, and Digital Economy, delineating the terms and conditions governing the grant.

Furthermore, grant beneficiaries are expected to furnish the Ministry with regular progress updates and reports, in addition to actively engaging in knowledge-sharing initiatives organized by the Ministry.

  • The grant recipients must acknowledge the support provided by the Ministry in all publications and public presentations related to the project.
  • The Ministry reserves the right to withdraw the grant if the project fails to meet the agreed-upon milestones and objectives.


To be considered for the NITDA AI Research Grant , you must:

  • Consortium that includes a local startup or technology company, local academic researcher and where possible a foreign researcher.
  • Must have a research proposal that aligns with the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation priority areas.
  • The applicant must have a detailed proposal outlining the project and its potential impact on the Nigerian economy.
  • Must have a demonstrable track record of excellence in research or entrepreneurship.
  • Must be able to publish at least one peer-reviewed article within one year of receiving the grant.

Duration and Reward

Up to N5,000,000 each for 45 successful AI researchers or start-ups will benefit from the NITDA AI Research Grant program

Required Documents / Interview

NITDA AI Research Grant applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts in AI. The selection criteria will include:

  • The quality and originality of the research proposal.
  • The applicant’s track record of excellence in research or entrepreneurship.
  • The alignment of the research with the Federal Nigerian Ministry of Communications
  • Innovation and Digital Economy’s AI priority areas in AI.
  • The feasibility of the project budget.

Disbursement of Funds: 

  • Successful grant recipients will be notified by December 15, 2023.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants for the NITDA AI Research Grant should apply using the link below

  • The application process will open on October 13, 2023, and all eligible applicants can submit their proposals until the closing date of November 15, 2023.
  • Applications must be submitted through the designated online portal hosted by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy.
  • The proposals will be evaluated by a panel of experts appointed by the Ministry.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email and then invited for an interview with the panel.
  • Final selection and announcement of grant recipients will be made based on the evaluations and recommendations of the panel.

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