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Call for Proposals for Rwanda Innovation Challenge

Call for Proposals for Rwanda Innovation Challenge


Deadline: 30 April 2019

In collaboration with its partners, the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) would like to invite interested youth, students, scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to submit innovation proposalsunder the Rwanda Innovation Challenge, RIC.

The RIC is a scheme established under the National Research and Innovation Fund (NRIF) that is aimed at strengthening national innovation capacity and promoting technology breakthroughs by enabling innovators access much needed technical and financial support in various areas including ideation, developing prototypes, testing, commercializing technologies as well as securing intellectual property.

This is in line with the Government of Rwanda’s seven year National Strategy for Transformation (NST1, 2017-2024). NST1 underscores the need to support youth, women and priority sub-sectors with the aim of creating decent and productive jobs for economic development, and contributing to Rwanda’s prospect of becoming a Knowledge Based Economy.


Promotion of Innovation Capacities and fostering technology breakthroughs.

Focus Areas

  • Ideation,
  • developing prototypes,
  • testing,
  • commercializing,
  • intellectual property,
  • Health,
  • Agriculture,
  • Energy,
  • Industry,
  • Mining,
  • Environment,
  • ICT, and
  • Climate Change

Grant Information

  • Technical Support (up to 2,500,000 Rwf),
  • Piloting and Commercialization (up to 10,000,000 Rwf) and
  • Intellectual Property support (up to 3,000,000 Rwf) depending on the stage of maturity of the proposed innovation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Rwandan youth,
  • students,
  • scientists,
  • researchers, and
  • innovators

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit https://ur.ac.rw/?Rwanda-Innovation-Challenge-Call-for-Proposals-366

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