APPLY for the Africa Oxford Health Innovation Platform (AfOx-HIP)

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. Meet the 34 Innovators supported by AfOx-HIP here.

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.

AfOx-HIP focus areas in health 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:

Therapeutics – Vaccines – Devices – Digital technologies – Diagnostics

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 Partners

AfOx-HIP is a collaboration between AfOx and key partners including: Grand Challenges Africa at the African Academy of Sciences, The Royal Academy of EngineeringThe Institute of Biomedical EngineeringSkoll Centre for Social EntrepreneurshipOxford FoundryTORCH, the Said Business School Africa Initiative and Reuben College, Oxford

What is on offer?

AfOx-HIP will work with African innovators in the co-development of skills ranging from creative problem solving, translational research, entrepreneurship, and venture acceleration.Emerging African researchers and innovatorsInnovation and Entrepreneurship in Health for AfricaPersonalised training, mentorship and supportNetworking

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The FAQs provide important pointers to requirements for the application. Please read through them before completing an application.DocumentRead the FAQs here

How to apply

The 2022 call for applications for the Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scheme is now open.Apply Now

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