2022 Africa Oxford Health Innovation Platform (AfOx-HIP) Programme for Africans

Deadline: Unspecified.

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.

The Africa Oxford Health Innovation Platform connects 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.


The applicant must be:

  1. A national of an African country or have indefinite leave to remain in an African country
  2. Domiciled in an African country in which they must be a legal resident.
  3. Developing the proposed health innovation in their host country
  4. Applications from lead applicants of small teams are eligible
  5. Applications from female and under-represented innovator/entrepreneurs are particularly 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.

  1. Upon successful completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of attendance
    from the Africa Oxford Initiative as proof of the enhanced skills and critical thinking abilities they
    will have developed.
  2. The 15 candidates with highest potential projects will be awarded AfOx Innovation scholarships for personalised support in Oxford to meet specific needs for mentorship and technical collaborative support.
  3. Successful applicants will be provided with further details of the enhanced Oxford-based programme.
  4. AfOx-HIP will identify outstanding emerging African researchers and innovators, proposing new solutions for health and facilitate their interaction with partners across Oxford, for the AfOx Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scheme.
  5. Successful applicants will benefit from a relevant and robust teaching course on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health for Africa. The course is delivered through a series of web-based sessions, available to all 50 candidates, creating an interactive network, including the use of virtual workrooms.
  6. The Innovation Fellows will join an alumni network for AfOx Innovation fellows to facilitate continued engagement with Oxford and its wider network.


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