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Nanotech Research and Innovation Competition

From 14 to 18 December 2020

About the Call

To encourage nanotechnology research and innovation in Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and its partners is inviting researchers, innovations and firms or teams with unique nanotechnology-based or enable products or research to be showcased between 14 and 18 December 2020. Specifically, the Forum will showcase some of the top technologies and innovations from across Africa and beyond; identify technology and innovation gaps; explore investment and market needs and; business opportunities in the following areas:

  1. Health and medicine;
  2. Agriculture and food
  3. Industrial applications – focus on energy, water and environment
  4. Nanomaterials, nanodevice and nanotools


The Innovation Challenge is open to all firms, individuals, research centres, innovation hubs, universities and institutes as well as government leaders and agencies and business leaders of all sizes and ages.

Why should you participate?

Besides the opportunities to meet business and government leaders, the top 20 innovations selected \will be profiled on the ECA and partners’ websites; and will be given the opportunity to convince and get the support of governments, investors and potential partners and collaborators. In addition, ECA will financially support the top 5 research and innovation teams.


Required information for application for ECA:

  • Participant’s Name (Team Leader):
  • Email:
  • Website link:
  • Focus Areas: 
  • Project keywords: 
  • Countries being implemented:
  • Partners: 
  • Number of (current or potential) users/clients:
  • Number of employees (or team members):
  • Project Description: State clearly:
    a)      The problem
    b)      Your solutions – include advantages and limitations
    c)      Application or use
    d)      Stage of development (concept; working demonstration; 
prototype tested; approved/mass production)
    e)      Next steps (to fully realize its potential)
  • Illustrations and/or exhibitions (a maximum of 4)

Click HERE to download the submission Form


Send your submissions to: Mr. Gedion Workneh email:  and

Asfaw Yitna email:

Submission deadline: 17:00 hrs East African Time of 12 December 2020.

For more further questions: Dr. Victor Konde at