On 19th September 2019, National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) awarded grants to research projects under the “Excellent Research” theme. In a ceremony held at Marriot Hotel, 11 projects in health, agriculture and information communication technology (ICT) applied to health to the tune of around 50 million Rwanda francs each.
The 550,000 Frw “Excellent Research Grant” call was issued by NCST this year in a bid to implement the National Research Innovation Fund (NRIF), the primary vehicle for scientific research and technological innovation public support in Rwanda. The NRIF’s goal is to develop citizen-centric, knowledge-based solutions to social problems, develop research excellence and foster innovation and technology advancement.
Speaking at the event, the Ag. Executive Secretary of the National Council for Science and Technology, Mr. Felly Migambi Kalisa, congraturated the winning researchers and thanked the Government of Rwanda for establishing the fund and commit to its replenishment.
Mr.Kalisa encouraged Rwandan scientists and engineers to take advantage of this merit-based fund to generate and use original knowledge to benefit Rwanda, the regional and beyond.
The awarded project were selected out of 97 applications from public and private universities and research institutions. The successful proposals are from researchers affiliated with INES-Ruhengeri, University of Rwanda, Mount Kenya University, NIRDA, RBC and Christian University of Rwanda.
INES-Ruhengeri was the only institution to have more than two projects awarded where THREE projected were awarded:
• “Assessment of pesticides residues on fresh tomatoes in supply chain in Rwanda” presented by Dr Anastase Harelimana
• “Phytochemistry and anti-bacterial analysis of medical plants in Rwanda” presented by Dr Niyonzima Niyongabo Francois
• “Assessment of hydro-meteorological hazards and associated risks for the urban and rural population: toward an improved water and land management in Mukungwa and Sebeya catchments” presented by Ir. Nahayo Déogratias.
Hon Minister of Education, Dr Eugene Mutimura encouraged Rwandan scientists and engineers to take advantage of this merit-based fund to generate and use original knowledge to benefit Rwanda, the regional and beyond.