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Mauritius Research Council (MRC)

Collaborative Research and Innovation Grant Scheme (CRIGS)


The Research and Development Working Group (RDWG), co-chaired by the Mauritius Research Council (MRC) and Business Mauritius (BM), in collaboration with the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation (MoTCI), is inviting local companies or a consortium ranging from Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, to Large Companies to submit proposals for innovative, collaborative research and development projects with commercial potential, in partnership with local Academic / Research / Tertiary Education Institution(s).


Applications should be in line with the following priority areas:
1. Renewable Energy
2. Ocean/Marine Technology, Resources and Services
3. ICT/BPO/Telecommunications (including High Performance Computing and Cloud Computing)
4. Life Sciences (including Health, Medical, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology)
5. Manufacturing
The RDWG anticipates awarding a matching grant of up to Rs5M per project to successful applicants for a project duration of normally up to 24 months.
Expression of Interest
Prospective applicants are requested to forward their proposals to the Council using appropriate templates and guidelines which can be downloaded from the MRC Website. 
Applicants may also wish to discuss their ideas with the RDWG prior to submission of their proposals.  All information disclosed will be dealt with in strict confidentiality.


Only applications/proposals which are submitted to the Council using appropriate templates and guidelines will be considered.


Effective Date
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 competitive basis.
All applications should be forwarded to the Executive Director of the MRC in an envelope clearly labeled “Call for Proposals – CRIGS” on the top right-hand side.

Project Application, Review and Award Cycles
  Cycle I Cycle II Cycle III Cycle IV
Application Due Dates 15 Janaury - 05 April 2019 08 April - 05 July 2019 08 July - 13 September 2019 16 September - 13 December 2019
Processing and Evaluation of Application March - May 2019 June - July 2019 August - October 2019 December 2019 - January 2020
Award announcement Mid-May 2019 Mid-August 2019 Mid-October 2019 Mid-February 2020

Useful Documents
All applications should be forwarded to the Executive Director in an envelope clearly labeled “Call for Proposals – CRIGS” on the top right hand side.  
Contact Details
The Executive Director,
 Mauritius Research Council
Level 6, Ebène Heights, 34 Cybercity, Ebène
Tel: (230) 465 1235    Fax: (230) 465 1239    Email:;
The MRC reserves the right not to accept applications deemed irrelevant following this advertisement.
Revised: 12 April 2018
Below is a list of the Approved CRIGS projects.  Click on each project to access their abstract.
  1. Determining the optimum thermal processing conditions for octopus packed in retort pouches
  2. Design and Evaluation of a Small Mechanical Cane Harvester
  3. Abating Water Pollution from oil Refinery effluents using reed beeds
  4. Evidencing Mauritian Potential for Waste to Energy Recovery Systems (EMPOWERS)
  5. 2Train2Employ
  6. Greener Paints for a smarter Mauritius
  7. From Agricultural Waste to Fibres: A Bio Recycling Project – Project Closed
  8. Arundo Donax Viable Alternative Towards National Clean Energy Development (ADVANCED)
  9. Unveiling the commercial Potential of the Mauritian produced Cocoa Butter for local and International markets using a Biotechnology based approach