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Mauritius Research Council (MRC)

Proof of Concept Scheme (PCS)

The Mauritius Research Council (MRC), operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, is the apex body for the promotion and coordination of Government investment in research and innovation.
The Council invites enterprises, entrepreneurs, researchers, as well as institutions, to submit applications under the Proof of Concept Scheme (PCS).
Applications for the above scheme should be in line with the following priority areas:
Renewable Energy; Ocean Technology, Ocean Resources and Ocean Services; ICT/BPO/Telecommunications; Life Sciences (Health, Medical and Pharmaceutical); Manufacturing; Traffic Management; Social Issues; and Agro-Industry.
Selection for funding will be based on the originality, intellectual merit, provisions for collaboration and capacity building, and the potential for developing innovative technology-based ideas for either new or improved industry-oriented products, processes or services that can enhance socio-economic benefits in the Republic of Mauritius.
Funding of up to MUR1 million per project will be available, for a project duration not exceeding 12 months. Awards will be made on a competitive basis.
Expression of Interest
Prospective applicants are requested to forward their proposals (one soft and one hard version) to the Council using templates and guidelines which can be downloaded from the MRC Website.
Applicants may also wish to discuss their ideas with the MRC Research Management Team prior to submission of their proposals.  All information disclosed will be dealt with in strict confidentiality.
Only complete 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 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
The hard copy version should be forwarded to the Executive Director in an envelope clearly labelled "Call for Proposals - Proof of Concept Scheme" on the top-right hand side.
Project Application, Review and Award Cycles
  Cycle I Cycle II Cycle III Cycle IV
Application Due Dates 01 February - 01 April 2019 02 April - 28 June 2019 01 July - 16 September 2019 17 September - 16 December 2019
Processing and evaluation of applications April - May 2019 June - July 2019 September - October 2019 December 2019 - January 2020
Project Management Committee 1st Week of June 2019 1st Week of August 2019 1st Week of November 2019 1st Week of February 2020
Award announcement Mid-June 2019 Mid-August 2019 Mid-November 2019 Mid-February 2020
Project Summary

Please find below the project summary for each approved PCS projects:

Development of a crowdlending platform in Mauritius


Implementation of a Pilot Health Information Management (HIMS) using Contactless Cards

Intelligent Bat Deterrent Controller (IBDC)

Monetizing travelbudds, travelling social network

Optimization of the design and operation of a pilot patented biodigester, including the testing of incoming volatile waste with high solid content

Useful Document
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.