OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR
(RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND LINKAGES)
Machakos University Students’ Innovation Challenge
Second Call for Student Innovation Proposals, 2018/2019
Theme: Green Growth for Economic Transformations
Machakos University Student’s Innovation Challenge is an annual call that seeks to offer student opportunities to make solid contributions towards socio-economic growth and sustainable development. The challenge is an opportunity for Machakos University students to strengthen their innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Students are asked to submit proposal(s) formulated in line a theme as provided in each call. A panel then selects finalists from all the received application, who are invited to pitch their ideas to a select audience and thereafter make funding decisions.
2. ABOUT THIS SECOND CALL FOR STUDENT INNOVATION PROPOSALS
Under the theme: Green Growth for Economic Transformations, students are invited to submit proposals for Innovation projects that are driven by societal challenges within the thematic scope of this call. Green growth strategies include efforts in areas such as energy, agriculture, transport, tourism, food, manufacturing, healthcare and housing. Applicants are advised to give details in their proposal on how such innovation will contribute to at least one of the Kenya’s Big Four Agenda.
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3. OBJECTIVES OF THE CALL
The objectives of this call are to:
i. Promote students’ creativity and participation towards social and economic development
ii. Generate tangible prototypes and proven services to increase the university competitiveness in innovation
iii. Provide an opportunity for students to actualize and patent their innovations.
iv. Contribute towards the realization of the national, regional and global agenda
4. PERIOD OF FUNDING
Each proposal will be funded for a period of up to 1 year. Successful applicants are expected to adhere to their approved budget, work plan and expected project completion date.
5. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
A soft copy and three (3) copies of the proposals should be submitted to the Director, Research, Innovation and Technology, not later than 30th of October 2018. Incomplete applications as well as applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Soft copies should to be submitted through the email address: email@example.com and copied to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Students are encouraged to collaborate and apply as pairs or small groups from different disciplines. The lead innovator in this case should be identified.
- The application forms are available at Machakos University website: www.mksu.ac.ke students’ portal
- Each application must be signed by a supervisor and endorsed by the Chairman of Department and School where principal innovator belongs.
6. 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) Advantages and Unique Features of the Innovation (vi) Sale of the Innovation (vii) Innovation History (viii) Declaration
This is a competitive innovation grant managed by Machakos University’s Division of Research, Innovation and Linkages (RIL) through the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Technology (DRIT).
To be eligible:
a) The applicant must be a bonafide student of Machakos University
b) The proposals must demonstrate:i. Contribution towards new/improved quality product
ii. Contribution towards improved production processes
iii. Potential for patenting
iv. Positive impact to the society.
c) Students with on-going Machakos University funded innovation projects are not eligible
d) Applications must be received before/on the stated deadline