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National Research and Innovation Fund Launched


The National Research and Innovation Fund (NRIF) was officially launched on Wednesday 13th June 2018.

The launch was officiated by the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr Edouard Ngirente. Top government officials, scholars and researchers took part in the event that coincided with the Rwanda National Research and Innovation Symposium.

In his remarks, the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Dr. Edouard Ngirente noted that Rwanda will therefore keep supporting research and technology with particular emphasis to link our young innovators with the labour market and added that it comes at a time Rwanda is targeting to become a competitive knowledge-based economy.

The Fund will be managed by the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), a body mandated with integrating science, technology, innovation and research into national development strategies and plans.

The Minister for Education, Eugene Mutimura, said that the Fund will be helpful in supporting capacity building of the young talented Rwandans.

“We have already started identifying young Rwandans and others who might be beneficiaries of this Fund. It will, however, be open to other people in the region whose work can benefit the country,” he said.

Neil Turok, a renowned South African Physicist and the co-chair of NCST, said it was time that Africa goes back to the forefront of science and that with such a fund, it would accelerate the pace of scientific progress.

“Fire was invented here, mathematics was invented here, and the steam engine was invented here. Africa has been a source of value in the world. It’s time for Africa to take leadership in science again,” he said.

How will the Fund operate?

According to Manasse Mbonye, the Director General of NCST, the fund will also facilitate the implementation of the national research and innovation agenda that the council put in place recently.

“What we see is that science, innovation and technology are common denominators among countries ranked as developed countries. Therefore, ensuring sustaining research and innovation output for national economic growth requires sustained funding,” he said.

Mbonye explained that the council has developed a framework that clearly indicates how the Fund will be managed, as well as the protocol for research calls.

The Fund targets supporting ideas that are aligned with the country’s priority areas of development, including agriculture, healthcare, energy, environment, ICT and manufacturing, among others.

Beyond this, with the Fund, the government seeks to raise the number of researchers that the country has as well as train different Rwandans on how to develop efficient innovations that can contribute to the country’s transformation.

“We will be working with the academia to link them with industry researchers to work on different projects knowing exactly that this is what we want to have as an output. It will not be the usual process where university lecturers come and only publish papers that do not result in any tangible output,” Mbonye explained.

He added that the Fund targets to help the country attain research output of 1 per cent of the total gross domestic product (GDP) in the next three to four years.

About NCST

Our core mission is to provide strategic advices and recommendations to the Government on all matters relating to policies, legislation and regulation in the fields of science, technology, research and innovation and monitor the implementation of such policies and legislation. It also mandated to mobilise the National Research and Innovation Fund to facilitate Researchers and Innovators

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