Call for Applications
Public Sector Transformation Scheme
The initiative for the Public Sector Transformation Scheme was announced in the Budget Annex 2020 – 2021 (Budget Measures, Explanatory Notes, Main Provisions to be included in The Finance (MiscelIaneous Provisions) Bill 2020; Part B – Other Budget Measures; B.5. Digital Transformation):
a Public Sector Transformation Scheme will be introduced by the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC) to encourage innovative companies and start-ups to develop applications for the public sector.
This scheme is aimed at supporting innovative collaborative projects that test new approaches/technologies by start-ups and companies for improving processes and enhancing service delivery in the public sector.
Aims and Objectives
The aim of this scheme is to facilitate the interaction of companies including start-ups with the public sector, in view of promoting public sector transformation initiatives that address current service delivery, processes and policy challenges.
The objective is to support innovative projects that will enable, through a collaborative approach, the development, pilot testing and evaluation of new solutions to deliver better outcomes in the public sector.
Start-ups and Companies are eligible to apply for funding under this scheme.
The start-up/company needs to be duly registered with the Registrar of Companies in the Republic of Mauritius
Collaboration with a Ministry or Department is mandatory.
Funding and Project Duration
Under this scheme, the maximum duration of a project is of 24 months for a funding not exceeding MUR 2 million.
Awards will be made on a competitive basis. No awards will be made to applicants who are already recipient of full project funding from other agencies for the same or any similar project.
Assessment of Application
Applications will be screened by the MRIC to determine responsiveness to the specific requirements of the solicitation.
Each application will be evaluated on its merits through a panel of experts which will be set up by the Council.
MRIC will review each application to determine if it satisfies all the requirements described in this guideline.
Non-responsive applications will not be considered.
Due diligence will be conducted at the time of Administrative Screening. The application form will be assessed to ensure it meets the eligibility requirements.
Where necessary, the MRIC reserves the right to request a site visit of the project premises to assess whether the Company or Start-Up has the necessary infrastructure to carry out the proposed project.
It is anticipated that a decision will be reached within 3 months of the deadline.