APPLY: 2023 TETFund Alliance For Innovative Research Program for Nigerian Researchers & Academics

The TETFund Alliance for Innovative Research Program is a year-long initiative generously supported by TETFUND. This program offers a distinctive platform for researchers and academics affiliated with Nigerian universities to transition their concepts into market-oriented solutions, encompassing the process of designing and producing prototypes.

Groups of researchers and academic faculty with promising ideas in areas aligned with our objectives will embark on a comprehensive journey that integrates technology, product development, and the creation of entrepreneurial ventures.

Scholarship Summary for 2023 TETFund Alliance For Innovative Research Program for Nigerian Researchers & Academics

  • Host: Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN)
  • Eligible Country: Nigeria
  • Reward: Full Sponsorship | Accommodation | Daily Stipends | Grants
  • Deadline: November 5, 2023

Details of the 2023 TETFund Alliance For Innovative Research Program for Nigerian Researchers & Academics

The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) was initially founded as the Education Trust Fund (ETF) under Act No 7 of 1993, subsequently amended by Act No 40 of 1998 (now replaced by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act of 2011). TETFund functions as an intervention agency with the primary mission of offering additional assistance to public tertiary institutions at all levels. Its core aim is to utilize funding coupled with effective project management to revitalize, enhance, and fortify tertiary education in Nigeria.


  • Agriculture and Food Technology
  • Environment, Energy & Circular Economy
  • Health & Accessibility
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Security
  • Transportation, Aviation & Shipping
  • Streamlining / Improving Production Process


To qualify for the fellowship, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Your team should consist of 2 to 4 researchers/academic staff from a Nigerian university affiliated with TETFund as a beneficiary institution.
  • Your proposed idea must align with one of the specific focus areas. Your team’s nomination should receive approval from your university’s vice chancellor’s office, verified by their endorsement on a formal form.
  • Your team should exhibit a blend of multidisciplinary skills that have the potential to guide the idea, with our guidance and mentorship, through the entire journey, starting from the conceptual stage, proceeding to prototype development, and culminating in a market-ready product.
  • A team member who possesses the original idea for an innovative solution, backed by relevant knowledge and skills.
  • Another team member who brings supplementary and complementary expertise pertinent to the idea’s specific domain, such as technical, scientific, mechanical, medical, or engineering proficiency, based on the area of focus.
  • A team member who contributes financial, business, or entrepreneurial skills and demonstrates a strong orientation toward these aspects.
  • Your innovation should be in the conceptual or early stages of development.
  • Ideally, your invention should encompass a hardware or physical component, not limited to digital elements.

Duration and Reward

The 12-month program comprises both in-person and online components, offering:

  • Hands-on training, personalized mentorship, integration of tools for entrepreneurial and creative thinking, business model development, and methodologies for product and technology development, advanced design techniques, as well as an understanding of patents and the economic aspects of entrepreneurship.
  • Exclusive access to the INNOV8 HUB in Abuja, a state-of-the-art fabrication and innovation center dedicated to prototype development, supported by experienced professionals.
  • A fully-funded training experience in Abuja, covering flights, accommodations, meals, and daily stipends.
  • Opportunities to present innovations to potential design partners, strategic collaborators, and investors, both locally and internationally.
  • The program is collaboratively designed and led by international experts from the renowned Zell entrepreneurship program, with hands-on assistance from specialists in partnership with Makelab.

Method of Application

To all interested and eligible applicants, please proceed with your application using the provided link.

Best regards, Megafea Editors