Government Earmarks Sh7b for New innovations

Government Earmarks Sh7b for New innovations

The government has earmarked sh7b to support the various new innovations from different individuals and institutions effective June this year.

The Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovations, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye said the fund will be increased to sh10b in the subsequent financial years depending on the response and approved innovations.

Tumwesigye said the fund is to run for three years, stressing that all those with outstanding innovations have up to April 16, at 5:00 pm to submit their concepts.

The funding targets concepts that are aligned under the five key themes including; innovations to add value to agricultural and non-agricultural raw materials and products for industrialization; innovations that promote multi-sectoral approaches for adopting renewable energy among off-grid communities; and innovations that improve food safety and access to markets.

Others are innovations that promote water use efficiency in food and non-food production and innovations that can help to reduce the high burden of disease and undernutrition.

Addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre (UMC) in Kampala, Tumwesigye said the ministry is implementing the National Research and Innovation Program (NRIP) in a drive to transform Uganda into a knowledge-based economy and to better deliver services.

He said through the fund, the ministry will support the transformation of ideas into innovations or inventions and ultimately into viable businesses.

Eligibility

The minister said any Ugandan-based scientists, technologists, innovators, and researchers; including youths and women in both the formal and informal sectors are invited to submit their concepts to be considered for funding.

He stressed that eligible institutions must be incorporated under the laws of Uganda, carrying out their activities in Uganda with qualified individuals and a track record of research or innovation and facilities and services that enable investigators to conduct their work.

They must not have any institutional constraints limiting publication of results, willing and able to administer the NRIP funds, should not be insolvent, in receivership, bankrupt, or being wound up, and should have fulfilled obligations to pay taxes and social security contributions.

Applicants can submit electronic copies of concepts not exceeding five pages in single spacing, New Times Romans Font 12 (including the following items/sections: project title, investigator details, abstract/summary, background, methodology/approach, proposed outputs/deliverables, references (if any) and itemized budget.

Tumwesigye said all submissions should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary dooo@mosti.go.ug and copied to the NRIP Secretariat-  secretariat.nrip@mosti.go.ug