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Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant Scheme

Under the Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant Scheme (CRIGS), a local company in partnership with a local Academic/Research institution can submit applications for innovative, collaborative research and development projects with commercial potential.

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Objective

CRIGS expands the Research/Industry Partnership to establish sustainable joint venture opportunities for Mauritian companies. It encourages synergism in the proposed research project where a multi-disciplinary team approach is required, in which the project leader is from the local company and the project investigator(s) is/are from local and/or overseas research institution(s).

CRIGS aims to combine the strength of all participating entities by coupling entrepreneurial skills to high technology research efforts.

The ultimate objective of the project will be to develop innovative products, processes, and/or techniques for commercial competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises.

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Programme Emphasis

This scheme emphasizes on three (3) specific phases of innovative concept(s)/project(s) of collaborative efforts.

 

Phase I – Concept Feasibility

In Phase I, the applicant has to show the scientific, technical, innovative and commercial merit of the collaborative research 

project. The work proposed for Phase I should be a base for progression to Phases II and III.

Phase II – Concept Refinement

The objective of Phase II is to continue the research efforts from Phase I. Local Companies which have not been recipient of funding for Phase I may also submit proposals under this phase.

Phase III – Commercial Application

The objective of the third phase is to pursue the commercial application of the products, processes, and/or techniques developed in Phases I and II to stimulate innovation and recover the investment. Project leaders/collaborators may seek additional sources of funding from other funding bodies/agencies after the completion of the Phase III funding period.  Local companies which have not been recipient of funding for Phases I and II may also submit proposals under this phase.

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Who can apply?

Only companies registered in the Republic of Mauritius, including Micro, Small and Medium enterprises, and large companies in collaboration with a local Research Collaborating Partner are eligible to submit proposals under this scheme.

The Research Collaborating Partner will be a public and/or private Academic/Research/Tertiary Education Institution(s) which is involved in research.

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Project Duration and Funding

Successful application can be awarded a matching grant of up to Rs5M per project for a project duration not exceeding 24 months.

 

  • The applicant(s) will have to contribute at least the equivalent amount In Cash and/or ‘In kind’ 

  • The financial in cash contribution of the applicant(s) should be at least 40% of the grant being contributed by Government.

  • The remaining of the matching grant should be reflected in the ‘In kind’ contribution.

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Supervisory Committee

The Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) is a committee operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Information Technology, Communications and Innovation. The RDWG is co-chaired by the Executive Director of the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council and the Chief Executive Officer of Business Mauritius. The RDWG also comprises of representatives from relevant institutions and experts from appropriate fields and is responsible for taking decisions on proposals/projects. 

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Method of Selection and Evaluation Criteria 

After an expression of interest, the following process is initiated:

1.Pre-Proposal presentation: The Project Leader and Project Collaborator will be invited for a presentation to the Research and Development Working Group. Following the presentation, the Project Leader is invited to submit an application.

2. Administrative stages: MRIC will review each proposal to determine if it satisfies all the requirements described in this guideline. 

3. Merit Review: Independent external reviewers in the appropriate field will evaluate duly completed applications in a process of merit review. In all instances, proposals will be handled on a confidential basis and care taken to avoid conflicts of interest.

 

The Research and Development Working Group will then consider the outcome of the evaluations and make recommendations to the Board for a final decision.

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Project Monitoring

For monitoring purposes, project milestones set by the Project Leader will be finalized in consultation with the Council prior to the approval of the project and will be part of the contract. Each milestone will correspond to a period of time and will consist of a set of activities. 

At the end of the Milestone,the Project submits a Progress Report and a Financial Report. The Progress report will be assessed by Technical Review Panel through a presentation by Project Leader and site visit.

 

The Financial report will be assessed by the MRIC Finance department. Upon satisfactory Progress report and financial report, the Project Leader will be recommended to continue with the project and the requested fund for the next milestone will be disbursed. 

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Application

Under this scheme, applications can be submitted any time during the year. Awards will be made on the merits of the proposal and on a first come first served basis.

 

A soft copy version of the proposal should be submitted, together with one original hard copy version.

 

The soft copy version should be sent on crigs@mric.mu

 

The hard copy version should be forwarded to the Executive Director in an envelope clearly labelled "Call for Proposals - Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant Scheme" on the top-right hand side.

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