On 25th July 2020, MV Wakashio ran aground on a reef off Pointe d’Esny, southeast of Mauritius leading to a ‘state of environmental emergency’. Since 6th August 2020, oil has been released into the pristine lagoons and coastal areas affecting the marine, terrestrial environments, and coastal communities along the impacted areas.
In order to face this ecological crisis of unprecedented magnitude and impact on our society, the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC), through this special call for proposals, has earmarked funds to encourage Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), enterprises, private organisations, public and private institutions, academia and research institutions to implement research and innovative projects to accelerate the Government’s response and to contribute to remedial and recovery.
Aims and Objectives
This Special Call for Proposals is aimed at supporting multidisciplinary research and/or innovative projects that can potentially improve and accelerate the national response to the challenges posed by the oil spill resulting from the grounding of the MV Wakashio. This calls for sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches for the restoration and recovery of the wide gamut of impacted dimensions including biodiversity, marine, terrestrial environments and coastal communities.
The main applicant must be one of the following:
a Company (including start-ups, MSMEs, large enterprises) registered with the Registrar of Companies in the Republic of Mauritius
an Organisation/Association including Non-Governmental Organisations registered with the Registrar of Associations
an Institution registered with the Higher Education Commission or
a Public Research Institution
The main applicant is encouraged to collaborate with local or international institutions/companies/organisations.
The Project Leader must be employed by the institution/company/organisation submitting the project proposal. The individual who is proposed as the Project Leader at the time of the submission of the proposal is expected to be the Project Leader for implementation of the project.
The Project Leader must be a Mauritian national/resident or holder of a Mauritian work permit covering at least the period of time during which the proposed project will be undertaken.
The total amount available for this Special Call for Proposals is currently MUR25 Million.
The maximum amount per grant is MUR 2 Million over a period of maximum 24 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.
Applicants are strongly advised to consult the Guide on Allowable and Non-Allowable Expenses specific to this Special Call.
Assessment of Application
The assessment of applications will be undertaken in a two-stage process (i) Administrative Screening and (ii) Technical Panel Evaluation.
The MRIC will perform a pre-screening of applications according to the eligibility criteria as outlined in the Call. This will also include
A due diligence on the institutions/companies/organisations involved in the project as well as the collaborators.
A verification of the originality of the proposal through a similarity index.
Technical Panel Evaluation
A Special Independent Panel will conduct the Technical Panel Evaluation in an expedited manner and in accordance with MRIC review principles.
The Technical Panel Evaluation will be based on the specific criteria as aligned in the guidelines.
Applicants may be invited for a pitching exercise, during which they would be required to answer questions based on their application to a Special Independent Panel.
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.