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Mauritius Research Council (MRC)

Proof of Concept Scheme (PCS)


CALL FOR PROPOSALS 
 
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.
 
In April this year, the MRC Workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) and Sports highlighted the potential for innovation in the domain of sports, especially in the context of developing a sports economy in Mauritius. Moreover, in view of the forthcoming 10th edition of the Indian Ocean Island Games (Jeux des Iles de l’Océan Indien) in July 2019, the links between sports and innovation involving entertainment, games, culture and business, as well as sponsors,
broadcasters, teams and players, are likely to create a wide range of possibilities for the future of the sports industry.
 
For this Call for Proposals, emphasis is on initiatives that can help develop a sports economy by providing support for the design and development of technology-based solutions addressing the needs of the local sports sector. Such initiatives can include innovative solutions in clothing, scoring and measuring systems, protective gear, safety and standards of equipment, competition attire and sporting equipment, amongst others. Any company can submit applications under the Proof of Concept Scheme (PCS), focusing on innovation in sports.
 
Applications are still open for enterprises, entrepreneurs, researchers, as well as institutions, who wish to submit applications under the Proof of Concept Scheme (PCS) in other priority areas such as:
 
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
 
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 proofofconcept@mrc.intnet.mu
 
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 Jul-16 Sep 2019 17 Sep-16 Dec 2019 01 Jan-30 Mar 2020 01 Apr-29 Jun 2020
Processing and evaluation
of applications
Sep-Oct 2019 Jan-Feb 2020 Apr-May 2020 Jul-Aug 2020
Project Management Committee 1st Week of 
Nov 2019
1st Week of
Mar 2020
1st Week of 
Jun 2020
1st Week of 
Sep 2020
Award announcement Mid-Nov 2019 Mid-Mar 2020 Mid-Jun 2020 Mid-Sep 2020
         
 
  
Project Summary

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

Development of a crowdlending platform in Mauritius

Forty2

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: mrc@intnet.mu; proofofconcept@mrc.intnet.mu
 
The MRC reserves the right not to accept applications deemed irrelevant following this advertisement.