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, offering five million to each of the 45 successful researchers and startup companies. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly reshaping multiple industries, holding substantial potential for driving job creation, economic expansion, and social progress. Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy with a population exceeding 200 million, characterized by a youthful demographic with a median age of 18.4 years (according to the World Bank in 2022), an expanding pool of tech talents, and a vibrant startup ecosystem (comprising six unicorns as of 2022, per CB Insights), is well-positioned to harness AI for advancing economic growth..

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

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

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

  • The NITDA AI Research Grant should be exclusively used for the designated project, strictly following the approved budget. Every grant recipient will need to enter into a formal agreement with the Federal Ministry of Communication, Innovation, and Digital Economy, specifying the grant’s terms and conditions.
  • Grant beneficiaries are expected to submit regular progress updates and reports to the Ministry and actively engage in knowledge-sharing events hosted by the Ministry.
  • It is mandatory for grant recipients to acknowledge the Ministry’s support in all publications and public presentations associated with the project.
  • The Ministry retains the authority to retract the grant if the project fails to meet the predetermined milestones and objectives.


To be eligible for the NITDA AI Research Grant, you should meet the following criteria:

  1. Form a consortium that includes a local startup or technology company, a local academic researcher, and, when feasible, a foreign researcher.
  2. Develop a research proposal that aligns with the priority areas established by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Innovation.
  3. Present a comprehensive project proposal that outlines the project’s objectives and its potential impact on the Nigerian economy.
  4. Demonstrate a track record of excellence in either research or entrepreneurship.
  5. Commit to publishing at least one peer-reviewed article within one year of being awarded the grant.

Duration and Reward

The NITDA AI Research Grant program will provide up to N5,000,000 to each of the 45 successful AI researchers or start-ups.

Required Documents / Interview

The NITDA AI Research Grant applications will undergo evaluation by a panel of AI experts. The selection criteria will encompass the following factors:

  • 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

If you are interested and meet the qualifications for the NITDA AI Research Grant, please utilize the provided link below to submit your application:

  • The application window will be open from October 13, 2023, to November 15, 2023. All eligible candidates are encouraged to present their proposals within this timeframe.
  • Application submissions must be made through the dedicated online portal hosted by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy.
  • A panel of experts appointed by the Ministry will assess the proposals.
  • Applicants shortlisted for consideration will receive notification via email and will be invited for an interview with the panel.
  • The final selection and announcement of grant recipients will be based on the evaluations and recommendations of the panel.

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