African Plant Nutrition Research Fund


The aim of the APNRF is to enable scaling of improved nutrient and soil fertility management by synergistically extending research conducted in strategic priority areas of APNI.


The APNRF provides funds of no more than $20,000 USD per year, for up to two years. Proposals that leverage other funding sources are strongly encouraged.


To be eligible, the lead applicant (Principal Investigator) must be from an African National Agricultural Research and Extension System (NARES) institution or African university. Students are not eligible for this award. 

Additional Guidance

Funding can be requested for new trials or to leverage expansion or additional data collection for existing trials. Other topics related to socio-economics or data science will also qualify for funding as long as they directly support at least one of the topics listed under the three research themes. 

Partnerships with other African or international organizations will be viewed favorably. For-profit partners in a research consortium must match received funding 1:1. The proposed work must be primarily performed in Africa and all the work must be relevant to African agriculture. We do not support proprietary product development, testing or promotions. 


2022 Call for Proposals is completed. Check in later for details about 2023.


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  1. Read the information on the Fund’s current priority research areas. 
  2. Download and complete the proposal summary form provided below.
  3. Submit your proposal using the online application form provided below. 

Theme One

Climate & Weather-smart Plant Nutrition

  1. Optimizing water and nutrient management in date palm for greenhouse gas emission mitigation in Morocco.
  2. Assessing the role of potassium for drought resilience of maize production systems in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, and Nigeria.
  3. 4R practices for increasing productivity, fertilizer use efficiencies and reducing nutrient losses in rice production in Senegal.

Theme Two

Soil Health for Improved Livelihoods

  1. Role of improved nutrient management on carbon sequestration in maize, wheat, coffee and cocoa production systems.
  2. Enhancing soil health and system productivity through grain legume integration in cereal-based cropping systems in Kenya, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and Ghana.
  3. Effects of micronutrient fertilization on the grain micronutrient contents of maize, rice and wheat in Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Tanzania, and Ghana.

Theme Three

Precision Nutrient Management

  1. Remote and proximal sensing strategies for in-season nitrogen management for wheat in North Africa.
  2. Site-specific nutrient management for inland-valley rice systems in Togo.
  3. Precision nitrogen management for pineapple production in West Africa.


Please download and complete the concept proposal summary below and attach it to the separate online application form provided below.

Concept proposal summary

Résumé de la proposition de concept