TETFUND Alliance for Innovative Research for Nigerian Researchers 2022

The TETFUND sponsors the one-year-long initiative known as TETFAIR.

For researchers and professors in Nigerian universities, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their concepts into commercially viable solutions, including the creation of prototypes.

Selected teams of researchers and academic personnel will be guided through a path that combines technology and product development with venture formation and have ideas for novel solutions in one of our areas of focus.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You should be a team of between 2 to 4 researchers/academic staff, from a Nigerian university (TETFund enlisted beneficiary Institution). Your idea should be one of our areas of focus. Your vice chancellor’s office would need to approve your nomination by signing an endorsement form.
  • Your team should include multidisciplinary complementary skills that can potentially take the idea (with our help and mentorship) from an idea, through the development and fabrication of the prototype to a market-driven product.
  • Ideally, your team should include:
  • A member who has an idea for an innovative solution and has relevant knowledge and skills.
  • A member who has additional complementary relevant skills (technical/scientific/mechanical/medical/engineering, depends on your area of focus).
  • A member with financial/business/entrepreneurial skills or orientation.
  • Your innovation should be at the idea stage or early stages of development.
  • Ideally, your invention should include a hardware/physical element (Not only digital elements)


The 12-month journey runs both in person and online and includes:

  • Practical training, tailored mentorship, integration of tools for entrepreneurial and creative thinking and behavior, business model development, alongside product and technology development methodologies, advanced design methods, and familiarity with the world of patents and economic aspects of entrepreneurship.
  • Access to the INNOV8 HUB in Abuja – an ultramodern fabrication and innovation center designated for the development of prototypes with the support of professional experts.
  • An all-expense paid training in Abuja which will cover flights, accommodation, feeding and daily stipends.
  • Opportunity to showcase the innovations to relevant potential design partners/ strategic partners/ investors (local and foreign)
  • The journey is designed and facilitated in collaboration with international experts from the acclaimed Zell entrepreneurship program. The technology development journey will include hands-on support from experts in collaboration with Makelab. The program will also include collaborations with the renowned Technion.

How To Apply

Go to Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) to apply

Application Process

  • The application form will be filled by one team member representing the team and the idea. Before you start the application process please make sure to have:
  • Personal details and contact details of all your team members (Name, address, Date of birth, email, phone, Degree and role)
  • A PowerPoint presentation saved as a PDF that includes 3 slides max – please click here for an example and follow the exact guidelines on what should be included in your presentation
  • Video link – if there is any relevant video you would want to share.
  • This Endorsement Form signed by your vice chancellor’s office (Please download it, fill it, get it signed and scanned, you will be asked to upload it in the process of the application)
  • The application platform involves recording a video of yourself so please use a device that has a camera for the application process.

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