Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact) Announces the Winners of its First Students Innovation Research Awards

Accra, Ghana (November 23, 2022) – The Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact) project is pleased to announce the winners of its maiden Students Innovation Research Awards (SIRA). Established by the Regional Facilitation Unit for ACE Impact, the Association of African Universities (AAU), with support from the World Bank, the award recognizes and promotes excellent research and innovation with both scientific and societal value, that responds to Africa’s developmental challenges.

Four Hundred and Twenty-Eight (428) applications were received from ACE Impact students in the 11 participating countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo) since the announcement of the call for applications in September 2022. The first round of the transparent and fair review process, guided by the award’s stipulated criteria led to the selection of 65 eligible student research for the next round of review. Following the initial screening, an independent committee of experts representing the five thematic disciplines (Agriculture, Applied Social Sciences/ Education, Environment, Health, STEM) of ACE Impact Project thoroughly assessed each submission. Subsequently, 15 research projects (three from each thematic discipline) were selected for the awards. It is worthy to note that seven (7) out of the fifteen (15) projects were led by women.

The selected awardees received a cash grant between $2000-$4000 each (summing up to a total of $50,000 cash prize) and certificates of research excellence. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony of the 8th ACE Impact Regional Workshop held in Gambia from 14th -18th November 2022.

The Students Innovation and Research Awards (SIRA) is focusing on students to boost their interest in implementing the skills and knowledge acquired and aims at driving national and regional development through research.

Below is the list of awardees.

Name Centre Research Topic Position
Ms. Gouegni Edwige Flore Center for Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology (ACENTDFB), Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria Immunogenic Potentials of Trypanosoma Congolense Flagellar Pocket Membrane Bound Acid Phosphatase 1st
Mr. Magangi Wilfred Abincha West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana Breeding Investigations to Support Cassava Biofortification through Genomics, Phenomics and Bioinformatics 2nd
Mr. Krampah Eric Appiah Africa Centre of Excellence in Coastal Resilience (ACECOR), University of Cape Coast, Ghana Laboratory rearing of mangrove oyster (Crassostrea tulipa) larvae on local microalgae isolates 2nd
Ms. DJASSOU Adjoavi Colette


Valorisation des Dechets en Produits a Haute Valeur Ajoutee (CEA-VALOPRO), Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny Cote d’Ivoire Elaboration d’éco matériaux pour la construction à partir de béton incorporant des granulats de pneus usagés.


1st (Tie)


Co-Researchers: Dr. SORE Seick Omar; Dr. NSHIMIYIMANA Philbert


Collège d’Ingénerie: Institut International de l’Eau et de l’Environnement (2iE), Burkina Faso Durabilité des briques en terre comprimées stabilisées aux géopolymères


1st (Tie)
Ms. Maduka Chinonye Medline Center for Oilfield Chemicals Research (CEFOR), University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria The use of organics to formulate brake fluid 3rd
Ms. YONGOIKYO KUMAWUESE ABIGAIL Centre for Food Technology and Research (CEFTER), Benue State University, Nigeria Formulation of Infant Food with Fortified Mango Fruit Flour 1st
Dr. TRAORE/MAïGA Safiatou


Centre de Formation, de Recherche et d’Expertises en Sciences du Medicament, Burkina Faso


Developpement D’une Creme A Base De Miel Et De Beurre De Karite Du Burkina Faso Pour Le Traitement Des Brulures Cutanees


Mr. Aliyu Mukhtar Centre Neglected Tropical Diseases and Forensic Biotechnology (ACENTDFB), Nigeria Prevalence of Microsporidia In Association With Plasmodium Falciparum and Wuchereria Bancrofti in Anopheles Gambiae Within Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (Samaru Campus) 3rd


Co-Researchers: Mr BASI KINGSLEY JOB


Centre for Sustainable Power and Energy Development (ACE-SPED), University of Nusukka, Nigeria Design, optimization, and fabrication of perovskite solar cells for low-cost manufacturing of solar panels in Africa


Ms. Iji Juliana Omonya


Ms Uzochukwu Maryann Ifeoma; Ms      Odili Cynthia Ujuh


Nigeria Un système d’information hospitalier intégré pour le dépistage et le suivi de la drépanocytose 2nd (Tie)
: Mr. DIALLO Al Hassim


Centre of Excellence for Mathematics, Info,atics and ICT(CEA-MITIC), Senegal Un système d’information hospitalier intégré pour le dépistage et le suivi de la drépanocytose 2nd (Tie)


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About SIRA

The Students Innovative Research Awards (SIRA) is an initiative of the Association of African Universities (AAU), with support from the World Bank, to deepen the project’s commitment to advancing the production of innovative and impactful knowledge. As the ACE Impact project aims to advance the quality, quantity, and access to post-graduate education within the region, through this award scheme, the project is recognizing exceptional research with both scientific and societal value undertaken by students from the 53 African Centres of Excellence.

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Photos of the award recipients