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5TH CALL FOR STUDENTS’ INNOVATION CHALLENGE

Machakos University Students’ Innovation Challenge

FIFTH CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS FOR INTERNAL INNOVATION GRANTS FOR MACHAKOS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS 2022/2023

THEMEINNOVATION FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. INTRODUCTION

Machakos University Student’s Innovation Challenge is an annual call that seeks to offer students with opportunities in responding to current and emerging socio-economic and pandemic challenges, in the light of the government’s development agenda, namely: (i) Agriculture and Food Security (ii) Manufacturing (iii) Housing and Infrastructure Development (iv) Universal Healthcare (v) Environment and Climate Change Mitigation (vi) Industrialization and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (vii) Information and Communication Technology and Blue Economy and (vii) Business Incubation, Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy. Students are asked to submit proposal(s) formulated in line to the theme as provided in this call. A panel of experts shall select finalists from all the received applications, and thereafter make funding decisions.

2. OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this call are to:

i) Offer opportunity to Machakos University students to strengthen their innovation and entrepreneurial skills in responding to emerging global challenges.

ii) Promote students’ creativity in bringing out domestic innovation and technological capabilities to support a solution based sustainable development and realize the national, regional and global agenda

iii) Generate tangible prototypes and proven services to increase the university competitiveness in innovation.

iv) Provide an opportunity for students to actualize and patent their innovations.

3. SUB-THEMES

This call is intended to support solution-based innovation in priority areas for the fulfillment of the University mission and strategic plan in line with the Global and National Development agenda and Targets; addressing agriculture and food security, manufacturing, housing and infrastructure development, universal healthcare, environment and climate change mitigation, industrialization and small and medium scale enterprises, Information and Communication Technology and Blue Economy and business incubation, entrepreneurship and creative economy.

4. DURATION

The project should be carried out within a period of one (1) years with financial release based on regular satisfactory progress reports and accounting. Applicants are required to submit a detailed workplan with clear monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework.

5. BUDGET

The Grant seeks to support up to a maximum of Kenya Shillings One Hundred Thousand (Kshs 100,000). The Grant does not support the purchase of electronic equipment such as laptops, mobile phones, cameras, printers and/or related accessories. The Grant will cover travel to sites and not per diem/subsistence. It cannot be used to support innovation project in progress or non-innovation related proposals such as income generating and production activities.

 6. ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible:  

The applicant must be a bona fide student of Machakos University.

A proposed project must be aligned to the Government’s Development Agenda and must demonstrate:

Contribution towards a new or improved quality product

Contribution towards improved production processes Potential for patenting

Positive impact to society

Students with on-going Machakos University funded innovation projects are not eligible

Students who are in their final semester of study are also not eligible

7. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

A soft copy and three (3) hard copies of the proposal should be submitted to the Director, Research, Innovation and Technology Transfer, anytime from 12th December 2022 but not later than 6th January, 2023. Incomplete applications as well as applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Soft copies should be submitted through the E-mail address: director-research@mksu.ac.ke and copied to registrar-ril@mksu.ac.ke. In addition, please note the following:

i) Students are encouraged to collaborate and apply as pairs or small groups from different disciplines. The lead innovator in this case should be clearly identified.

ii) The application forms are available at Machakos University Website: www.mksu.ac.ke students’ portal.

iii) Each application must be signed by a supervisor and endorsed by the Chairman of Department or Dean of School where the principal innovator belongs.

 8. PROPOSAL FORMAT

Applicants are required to fill the application form attached to this calls or download from students’ portal under www.mksu.ac.ke. The form should be filled in Times New Roman, Font size 12. It must contain the following sections dully filled as outlined in the application form: (i) Title of the Project (ii) Principal Innovator (iii) Co-Innovator(s) (iii) Background Information (iv) Summary Description of Innovation (v) Applications and Unique Features of the Innovation (vi) Sale of the Innovation (vii) Innovation History (viii) Declaration

9. APPLICATION GUIDELINES

  1. Applications will be processed whenever they are received from 12th December 2022 to not later than 6th January, 2022.
  2. You can connect to the link on information and guidelines for proposal writingClick Here to Download the 5th Call for Proposals Advert and the Guidelines for the Proposal Writing.
  3. You may also visit MksU website www.mksu.ac.ke for more information and guidelines.

For any other information or inquiries please contact:

The Director (Research, Innovation and Technology Transfer) 

E-mail: director-research@mksu.ac.ke and copy to agwatas@mksu.ac.ke

Download STUDENT’S INNOVATION DISCLOSURE FORM

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