The Special Call for Applications – Fast Track Innovation Initiatives is now closed.

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Background

Aims and Objectives

Eligibility

Call for Applications

Fast Track Innovation Initiatives

Funding Opportunity

Assessment & Decision

Link to Grant Application  Webinar

Background

As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, many countries including the Republic of Mauritius are confronted with a slow/fragile economic recovery while contending with issues such as food security, sustainability and adoption of technologies.

In order to improve and accelerate the response to the economic and social challenges brought about by the current crisis and improve the country’s resilience to unforeseen situations, the Council is launching a Call for Applications for Fast-Track innovation initiatives aimed at supporting innovative projects in thematic areas.

 
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Aims and Objectives

The Call for Applications for Fast-Track innovation initiatives is aimed at supporting short term innovative projects in thematic areas. The ultimate objective of any proposed project should be the development or improvement of products or techniques that will benefit the economy or provide potential solutions to social challenges.

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Eligibility

The main applicant must be one of the following:

  • a Company or Business (including MSMEs, large enterprises) registered with the Registrar of Companies in the Republic of Mauritius for at least one year

  • an Organisation/Association including Non-Governmental Organisations registered with the Registrar of Associations in the Republic of Mauritius for at least one year

  • a Coorperatives registered with the relevant Ministry for at least one year.

  • an Institution registered with the Higher Education Commission for at least one year or

  • a Public/Private Research Institution in the Republic of Mauritius in existence for at least one year.

The main applicant is encouraged to collaborate with local or international institutions/companies/organisations.

 Please consult the Guidelines for more details.

 

Funding Opportunity

The total amount available for this Call for Applications is currently MUR40 Million.

The maximum amount per grant is MUR 1 Million over a period of maximum 9 months.

While this is a 100% grant to be awarded for approved projects, applicants are advised to demonstrate their contribution to the project. The applicant’s contribution can be in-cash and/or in-kind.

Applications submitted under the Smart Agriculture, Circular Economy and Inclusive Innovation themes should respect the following ceiling for their requested amount: up to 40% of the requested amount for HR Costs and up to 40% of the requested amount for Equipment Costs. Applicants are strongly advised to consult the Guide on Allowable and Non-Allowable Expenses specific to this Special Call.

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Assessment of Application

The assessment of applications will be undertaken in a two-stage process (i) Administrative Screening and (ii) Technical Evaluation.

 

 

 

Applicants may be invited for a presentation, during which they would be required to answer questions based on their application to an Independent Panel.

Please consult the Guidelines for more details.

 

Decision

  • Funding decisions will be reached within an estimated 10 weeks after the closure of the deadline.

  • The MRIC will endeavour to communicate its funding decisions as swiftly as possible so that approved projects can start immediately upon award.

  • Only successful applicants will be notified.

  • The decision of the Council will be final.

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