The Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy has announced the opening of applications for the Nigeria Artificial Intelligence Research Scheme 2024. This program, spearheaded by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), aims to foster a robust AI ecosystem in Nigeria by offering substantial financial support to deserving researchers and start-ups.
Key Advantages of the Nigeria Artificial Intelligence Research Scheme:
Successful applicants stand to gain up to N5,000,000 in funding to advance their AI research and development projects. The program is open to individuals and start-ups across various sectors, including agriculture, finance, healthcare, education and workforce, governance, sustainability, and utility.
To be eligible for the scheme, applicants must meet specific conditions:
- Consortium Composition: The consortium must include a start-up or technology company, a Nigerian academic researcher, or a foreign researcher.
- Research Proposal: Applicants need to submit a research proposal aligning with the AI priority areas outlined by the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy.
- Project Details: A detailed proposal outlining the project and its potential impact on the Nigerian economy is required.
- Track Record: A demonstrable track record of excellence in research or entrepreneurship is necessary.
- Publication Commitment: Applicants must commit to publishing at least one peer-reviewed article within one year of receiving the grant.
The grant applications will undergo a thorough evaluation by a panel of AI experts. The selection criteria include:
- Uniqueness and Creativity: The panel will assess the uniqueness and creativity of the research proposal.
- Track Record: The applicant’s outstanding track record in research or entrepreneurship will be a crucial factor.
- Alignment: The alignment of the research with the Ministry’s AI priority areas.
- Feasibility: The feasibility of the proposed project will also be considered in the selection process.
How to Apply:
If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in applying, follow these steps:
- Submit your application through the designated online channel on the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) website at airg.nitda.gov.ng.
- A panel of AI experts will evaluate the proposals.
- If shortlisted, you will receive an email notification and be invited for an interview.
- Successful applicants will be notified via email.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to contribute to the growth of the AI landscape in Nigeria. Apply now for the Nigeria Artificial Intelligence Research Scheme and take a step towards making a significant impact in the field of AI.
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