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Research and Innovation Bridges

The Research and Innovation Bridges (RIB) Scheme aims to improve the competitiveness of Mauritius through bilateral and multilateral collaborative research and innovation partnerships between Researchers and Industry of Mauritius and other countries.

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Objective

RIB expands the Research/Industry Partnership to establish sustainable joint venture opportunities for the Mauritian companies through bilateral and multilateral cooperation. The RDWG encourages synergism in the proposed research and innovation project where a multi-disciplinary team approach is required. RIB 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 Commercial Application of innovative concept(s)/project(s) emanating within the proposed bilateral/multilateral framework.

The objective is to pursue the commercial application of any new/improved products, processes, and/or techniques developed to stimulate innovation and business growth.

 

A consortium, through the Mauritian Company, may submit a proposal for concept refinement leading to Commercial Application.

 

This scheme will not support basic (pure or fundamental) research and concept feasibility phase.

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Who can apply?

Under this scheme, a Mauritian Company (Small, Medium, Large) wishing to undertake a project must partner with any of the below:
(i) A Company (Small, Medium, Large) from any of the partner countries
(ii) A public/private Research/Academic Organisation from any of the partner countries

Besides the above, any public/ private organizations either local or overseas could also form part of the consortium.

Only companies headquartered, owned and registered in the Republic of Mauritius, including small, medium and large companies are eligible to submit proposals under this scheme. The applicant should outline how the collaboration will increase the likely impacts of the research and innovation.


The consortium could be represented by Co-Project Leaders, one from each country.

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Project Duration and Funding

Successful applicants can be awarded a matching grant of up to MUR 10M for a project duration not exceeding 24 months.

 

The award will be made on a competitive basis and may entail the following:

  • human resource up to 30%*

  • capital cost (equipment costs, including hardware and software) up to 30%*

  • balance for other cost, such as consumables, travel, etc.

 

Overhead costs will not be permissible

 

  • The Consortium will have to contribute at least the equivalent amount ‘In cash’ and/or ‘In kind’ (as defined in section 4.12).

  • The financial ‘in cash’ contribution by the consortium should be at least 40% of the grant being contributed by Government through the RDWG.

  • 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 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 

Following 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. After the presentation, the Project Leader will be 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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Application dates

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 rib@mric.mu

 

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

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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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