CALL FOR GRANT PROPOSALS UNDER THE SMALL GRANT SCHEME

1.0 Introduction

The National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) was established by the Government of Malawi under section 5 of the Science and Technology Act No.16 of 2003. Its mission is to promote, support, co-ordinate and regulate the development and application of research, science, technology and innovation so as to create wealth in order to improve the quality of life. To execute its mission, the NCST runs a number of programmes and schemes through its established structure. These programmes and schemes are derived from its legal functions as stipulated in the said Act. One such scheme is the Small Grant Scheme which seeks to provide support either in part or in full in order to promote capacity building and information sharing endeavours related to research, science, technology and innovation for wealth creation, in line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (III) and new vision, Malawi 2063. This scheme is demand-driven whose design is informed by stakeholders’ needs. The grant scheme provides funding support in the following areas;

(a) Dissertation Grant: aims to support research undertaken as part of an academic programme to qualify for a Master’s or a Doctorate Degree, provided that the topic of research is addressing any of the identified national research priorities as issued by NCST. The grant is primarily to support research. Funds will not be used to support course work.

(b) Travel Grant: aims to support applicants with travel grants to facilitate their participation in conferences/workshops/seminars, short courses, study tours and exchange visits within or outside Malawi so as to facilitate information sharing and capacity building. The support could cover travel costs including the cost of visas, registration and other applicable costs.

(c) Research Dissemination Grant: aims at supporting the organising of a research dissemination conference. The support shall be towards meeting the cost of conference advertisement, venue, refreshments/lunches, review of abstracts, and production of books of abstracts and conference proceedings.

(d) General Event Grant: aims at supporting institutions to organise events/activities related to other areas of research, science, technology and innovation, provided that such events are not of the same nature as the research dissemination conference.

(e) Production of Journals Grant: This grant aims at supporting the production of journals.

(f) ICT Equipment Grant: This grant supports towards the cost of the ICT equipment where a research related institution has indicated the need for such equipment assistance and upon establishment of NCST that an institution would function effectively with such an equipment.

(g) Technology Transfer and Commercialisation Grant: This grant supports the technology transfer and commercialisation efforts. It is provided to institutions or individuals that have developed technologies and would like to be facilitated for popularisation, transfer, replication and spinoffs

2.0 Grant Application Proposals

NCST has secured funding from the Government of Malawi towards the Science and Technology Fund. Part of the funding will be used to administer grants under this Small Grant Scheme. NCST is, therefore, calling for applications for project proposals in any of the areas under this Scheme.

3.0 Grant Amount

The grant offered through this scheme shall not exceed the value of MK3, 000,000.00. Therefore, the budget limit for project activities in each project proposal shall not be more than this amount.

4.0 Deadline for Receipt of Applications

The small grant scheme is designed to be administered throughout a given government fiscal year on competitive terms and on first-come and first-served basis. While applications can be submitted, received and reviewed any time in a given fiscal year, closure date for submissions and receipt of applications in the 2020/21 fiscal year is 30th May 2021. Applications received after this date shall not be considered.

5.0 Application Procedures and Guidelines

The application procedures and guidelines for each specified grant are contained in the Small Grant Scheme Procedures and Guidelines which are available on the NCST website (www.ncst.mw). Applicants are advised to access them on this website. Alternatively applicants may request them from the Office of the Director General using the address below.

6.0 Submission of the Application

Submission of complete application package containing the required documentation for the specified grant shall be made as both a hard and a soft copy to the following address;

Director General

National Commission for Science and Technology

Lingadzi House

First Floor

City Centre

Private Bag B303

Capital City

LILONGWE 3

Malawi

 

E-mail address: directorgeneral@ncst.mw

1.0 Introduction

The National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) was established by the Government of Malawi under section 5 of the Science and Technology Act No.16 of 2003. Its mission is to promote, support, co-ordinate and regulate the development and application of research, science, technology and innovation so as to create wealth in order to improve the quality of life. To execute its mission, the NCST runs a number of programmes and schemes through its established structure. These programmes and schemes are derived from its legal functions as stipulated in the said Act. One such scheme is the Small Grant Scheme which seeks to provide support either in part or in full in order to promote capacity building and information sharing endeavours related to research, science, technology and innovation for wealth creation, in line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (III) and new vision, Malawi 2063. This scheme is demand-driven whose design is informed by stakeholders’ needs. The grant scheme provides funding support in the following areas;

(a) Dissertation Grant: aims to support research undertaken as part of an academic programme to qualify for a Master’s or a Doctorate Degree, provided that the topic of research is addressing any of the identified national research priorities as issued by NCST. The grant is primarily to support research. Funds will not be used to support course work.

(b) Travel Grant: aims to support applicants with travel grants to facilitate their participation in conferences/workshops/seminars, short courses, study tours and exchange visits within or outside Malawi so as to facilitate information sharing and capacity building. The support could cover travel costs including the cost of visas, registration and other applicable costs.

(c) Research Dissemination Grant: aims at supporting the organising of a research dissemination conference. The support shall be towards meeting the cost of conference advertisement, venue, refreshments/lunches, review of abstracts, and production of books of abstracts and conference proceedings.

(d) General Event Grant: aims at supporting institutions to organise events/activities related to other areas of research, science, technology and innovation, provided that such events are not of the same nature as the research dissemination conference.

(e) Production of Journals Grant: This grant aims at supporting the production of journals.

(f) ICT Equipment Grant: This grant supports towards the cost of the ICT equipment where a research related institution has indicated the need for such equipment assistance and upon establishment of NCST that an institution would function effectively with such an equipment.

(g) Technology Transfer and Commercialisation Grant: This grant supports the technology transfer and commercialisation efforts. It is provided to institutions or individuals that have developed technologies and would like to be facilitated for popularisation, transfer, replication and spinoffs

2.0 Grant Application Proposals

NCST has secured funding from the Government of Malawi towards the Science and Technology Fund. Part of the funding will be used to administer grants under this Small Grant Scheme. NCST is, therefore, calling for applications for project proposals in any of the areas under this Scheme.

3.0 Grant Amount

The grant offered through this scheme shall not exceed the value of MK3, 000,000.00. Therefore, the budget limit for project activities in each project proposal shall not be more than this amount.

4.0 Deadline for Receipt of Applications

The small grant scheme is designed to be administered throughout a given government fiscal year on competitive terms and on first-come and first-served basis. While applications can be submitted, received and reviewed any time in a given fiscal year, closure date for submissions and receipt of applications in the 2020/21 fiscal year is 30th May 2021. Applications received after this date shall not be considered.

5.0 Application Procedures and Guidelines

The application procedures and guidelines for each specified grant are contained in the Small Grant Scheme Procedures and Guidelines which are available on the NCST website (www.ncst.mw). Applicants are advised to access them on this website. Alternatively applicants may request them from the Office of the Director General using the address below.

6.0 Submission of the Application

Submission of complete application package containing the required documentation for the specified grant shall be made as both a hard and a soft copy to the following address;

Director General

National Commission for Science and Technology

Lingadzi House

First Floor

City Centre

Private Bag B303

Capital City

LILONGWE 3

Malawi

 

E-mail address: directorgeneral@ncst.mw

CALL FOR MASTA APPLICATIONS;

MASTA PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES;

PROFORMA FOR NOMINATION (INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP ACHIEVEMENT)  

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MASTA EVALUATION FORM

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MASTA PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES;

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MASTA EVALUATION FORM

AwardsThe National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, has organised the Research Grants Award Presentation Ceremony to be held on 5th February, 2021 at Bingu International Conference Centre.  The theme of the grants award presentation is “Research and Innovation for Socio-economic Development”. The grants to be awarded are for research projects in agriculture biotechnology and renewable energy with funding from the Science Granting Councils’ Initiative (SGCI), on the one hand,   and for projects in health systems operations research with funding from the Government of Malawi. The research projects fall within the identified national research priority areas in Malawi.

The grants award in agriculture biotechnology and renewable energy research is coming from the background of NCST’s participation in the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI)-an initiative that seeks to strengthen capacities of science granting councils in Sub-Saharan Africa.  In this initiative, NCST  is collaborating with the Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) to manage research projects in agriculture biotechnology by giving support to researchers in their respective countries. NCST is also collaborating with the National Science and Technology Council of the Republic of Zambia and the Research Fund of Mozambique to manage research in renewable energy by giving support to researchers in their respective countries.  The management and support for research by the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) in agriculture biotechnology and renewable energy as identified national priority areas for research falls under the NCST’s  specific project that aims at strengthening the management of research competitions and research on emerging technologies and development in Malawi with the ultimate goal of supporting research and evidence-based policies that would contribute to socio-economic development.

While the grants under SGCI are jointly funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA), UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF), the Malawi government, through NCST will provide funding for administrative oversight in the implementation of the projects.

Similarly, the grants award in health systems operations research comes from a purposefully instituted research grant scheme that is being managed through the partnership of the Department of Research in the Ministry of Health (DR-MOH) and the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST). This scheme has been instituted as part of the implementation efforts of the National Health Research Policy of December 2019. The Policy calls for the promotion and strengthening of health research governance structures at national and sub-national levels. Strengthened structures, such as district health offices and health facilities are pivotal for the conduct of quality health research in Malawi in order to generate evidence required to effectively inform the development of health and related policies and interventions. The effective implementation of such evidence-informed policies and interventions would ultimately result in improved health systems performance and peoples’ health and general well-being. This grant scheme has been established with funding from Malawi Government.

A total of twelve (12) grantees will be presented with various amounts of the research grants. The total amount of money in grants to be awarded at this ceremony is MK141, 417,020.   The ceremony will be co-officiated by the Minister of Education, Honourable Agnes Nyalonje, MP and the Minister of Health, Honourable Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP. The presentation ceremony will run from 07:30 am to 11:30 am. The ceremony will follow a hybrid set-up as other participants will attend virtually in order to limit the number of physical attendees. All Covid-19 preventive measures will be followed at the presentation ceremony.

AwardsThe National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, has organised the Research Grants Award Presentation Ceremony to be held on 5th February, 2021 at Bingu International Conference Centre.  The theme of the grants award presentation is “Research and Innovation for Socio-economic Development”. The grants to be awarded are for research projects in agriculture biotechnology and renewable energy with funding from the Science Granting Councils’ Initiative (SGCI), on the one hand,   and for projects in health systems operations research with funding from the Government of Malawi. The research projects fall within the identified national research priority areas in Malawi.

The grants award in agriculture biotechnology and renewable energy research is coming from the background of NCST’s participation in the Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI)-an initiative that seeks to strengthen capacities of science granting councils in Sub-Saharan Africa.  In this initiative, NCST  is collaborating with the Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) to manage research projects in agriculture biotechnology by giving support to researchers in their respective countries. NCST is also collaborating with the National Science and Technology Council of the Republic of Zambia and the Research Fund of Mozambique to manage research in renewable energy by giving support to researchers in their respective countries.  The management and support for research by the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) in agriculture biotechnology and renewable energy as identified national priority areas for research falls under the NCST’s  specific project that aims at strengthening the management of research competitions and research on emerging technologies and development in Malawi with the ultimate goal of supporting research and evidence-based policies that would contribute to socio-economic development.

While the grants under SGCI are jointly funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA), UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF), the Malawi government, through NCST will provide funding for administrative oversight in the implementation of the projects.

Similarly, the grants award in health systems operations research comes from a purposefully instituted research grant scheme that is being managed through the partnership of the Department of Research in the Ministry of Health (DR-MOH) and the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST). This scheme has been instituted as part of the implementation efforts of the National Health Research Policy of December 2019. The Policy calls for the promotion and strengthening of health research governance structures at national and sub-national levels. Strengthened structures, such as district health offices and health facilities are pivotal for the conduct of quality health research in Malawi in order to generate evidence required to effectively inform the development of health and related policies and interventions. The effective implementation of such evidence-informed policies and interventions would ultimately result in improved health systems performance and peoples’ health and general well-being. This grant scheme has been established with funding from Malawi Government.

A total of twelve (12) grantees will be presented with various amounts of the research grants. The total amount of money in grants to be awarded at this ceremony is MK141, 417,020.   The ceremony will be co-officiated by the Minister of Education, Honourable Agnes Nyalonje, MP and the Minister of Health, Honourable Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP. The presentation ceremony will run from 07:30 am to 11:30 am. The ceremony will follow a hybrid set-up as other participants will attend virtually in order to limit the number of physical attendees. All Covid-19 preventive measures will be followed at the presentation ceremony.

The third Biodiversity Information Management Forum (BIMF) was held at Hippo view lodge, Liwonde Malawi from 8 to 9 December 2020 with the theme “Biodiversity data for national processes, species, Red lists and KBA Assessments”. BIMF provides a platform for biodiversity data holding institutions (researchers) and biodiversity data users to meet and discuss best management of Biodiversity data in order to contribute to sustainable development in the country. This year’s BIMF attracted several stakeholder from government institutions, non-governmental organisation and private sector.

The third Biodiversity Information Management Forum (BIMF) was held at Hippo view lodge, Liwonde Malawi from 8 to 9 December 2020 with the theme “Biodiversity data for national processes, species, Red lists and KBA Assessments”. BIMF provides a platform for biodiversity data holding institutions (researchers) and biodiversity data users to meet and discuss best management of Biodiversity data in order to contribute to sustainable development in the country. This year’s BIMF attracted several stakeholder from government institutions, non-governmental organisation and private sector.

Day 1 – November 18th, 2020

  1. Opening Session by VP 

Topic: 3rd National Research Dissemination Conference – Opening Session

Time: Nov 18, 2020 08:30 AM Malawian Time

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  1. Parallel Session 1 (ICT, Financial Technologies & Knowledge Management) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 1) – ICT, Financial Management & Knowledge Management

Time: Nov 18, 2020 01:30 PM Malawian Time

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  1. Parallel Session 2 (Education, Social Sciences & Humanities) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 2) – Education, Social Science & Humanities

Time: Nov 18, 2020 01:30 PM Malawian Time

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  1. Parallel Session 3 (Health & Population) 

 Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 3) – Health & Population

Time: Nov 18, 2020 01:30 PM Malawian Time 

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  1. Parallel Session 4 (Agriculture, Irrigation & Food Security) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 4) – Agriculture, Irrigation & Food Security

Time: Nov 18, 2020 01:30 PM Malawian Time

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  1. Parallel Session 5 (Water, Environment, Waste Management, Climate Change & Natural Resources) _ Ajamali Account

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 5) – Water, Environment, Waste Management, Climate Change & Natural Resources

Time: Nov 18, 2020 01:30 PM Malawian Time

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  1. Open Exhibition – Innovation Exhibitions 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 6) – Innovation Exhibition

Time: Nov 18, 2020 04:00 PM Johannesburg

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Day 2 – November 19th,2020

  1. Parallel Session 1 (Education, Social Sciences & Humanities) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 1) – Education, Social Science & Humanities

Time: Nov 19, 2020 09:00 AM Johannesburg

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  1. Parallel Session 2 (ICT, Financial Technologies & Knowledge Management) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 2) – ICT, Financial Management & Knowledge Management

Time: Nov 19, 2020 09:00 AM Johannesburg 

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  1. Parallel Session 3 (Health & Population) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 3) – Health & Population

Time: Nov 19, 2020 09:00 AM Harare, Pretoria 

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  1. Parallel Session 4 (Agriculture, Irrigation &Food Security) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 4) – Agriculture, Irrigation & Food Security

Time: Nov 19, 2020 09:00 AM Johannesburg 

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  1. Parallel Session 5 (Water, Environment, Waste Management, Climate Change & Natural Resources) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 5) – Water, Environment, Waste Management, Climate Change & Natural Resources

Time: Nov 19, 2020 09:00 AM Harare, Pretoria

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  1. Parallel Session 6 (Skills Building Session) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 6) – Skills Building Session

Time: Nov 19, 2020 11:00 AM Johannesburg

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Day 1 – November 18th, 2020

  1. Opening Session by VP 

Topic: 3rd National Research Dissemination Conference – Opening Session

Time: Nov 18, 2020 08:30 AM Malawian Time

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  1. Parallel Session 1 (ICT, Financial Technologies & Knowledge Management) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 1) – ICT, Financial Management & Knowledge Management

Time: Nov 18, 2020 01:30 PM Malawian Time

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  1. Parallel Session 2 (Education, Social Sciences & Humanities) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 2) – Education, Social Science & Humanities

Time: Nov 18, 2020 01:30 PM Malawian Time

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  1. Parallel Session 3 (Health & Population) 

 Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 3) – Health & Population

Time: Nov 18, 2020 01:30 PM Malawian Time 

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  1. Parallel Session 4 (Agriculture, Irrigation & Food Security) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 4) – Agriculture, Irrigation & Food Security

Time: Nov 18, 2020 01:30 PM Malawian Time

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  1. Parallel Session 5 (Water, Environment, Waste Management, Climate Change & Natural Resources) _ Ajamali Account

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 5) – Water, Environment, Waste Management, Climate Change & Natural Resources

Time: Nov 18, 2020 01:30 PM Malawian Time

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  1. Open Exhibition – Innovation Exhibitions 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day One (Parallel Session 6) – Innovation Exhibition

Time: Nov 18, 2020 04:00 PM Johannesburg

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Day 2 – November 19th,2020

  1. Parallel Session 1 (Education, Social Sciences & Humanities) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 1) – Education, Social Science & Humanities

Time: Nov 19, 2020 09:00 AM Johannesburg

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  1. Parallel Session 2 (ICT, Financial Technologies & Knowledge Management) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 2) – ICT, Financial Management & Knowledge Management

Time: Nov 19, 2020 09:00 AM Johannesburg 

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  1. Parallel Session 3 (Health & Population) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 3) – Health & Population

Time: Nov 19, 2020 09:00 AM Harare, Pretoria 

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  1. Parallel Session 4 (Agriculture, Irrigation &Food Security) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 4) – Agriculture, Irrigation & Food Security

Time: Nov 19, 2020 09:00 AM Johannesburg 

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Meeting ID: 835 3861 8711

Passcode: 162107

 

  1. Parallel Session 5 (Water, Environment, Waste Management, Climate Change & Natural Resources) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 5) – Water, Environment, Waste Management, Climate Change & Natural Resources

Time: Nov 19, 2020 09:00 AM Harare, Pretoria

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  1. Parallel Session 6 (Skills Building Session) 

Topic: 3rd NRDC – Day Two (Parallel Session 6) – Skills Building Session

Time: Nov 19, 2020 11:00 AM Johannesburg

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