Research Flash Supplement issue 18.1

Research Flash Supplement issue 18.1

Call for Proposals on Combating the Spread of COVID-19 Pandemic

In an effort to contribute to the measures employed by the Government of Botswana to address the COVID-19 outbreak, BIUST students in their respective fields of study are called to propose ideas and other innovative ways to curb the spread and mitigate its effects.

This is an opportunity for the University to prove its social relevance and mark its position as the university of science, engineering and technology. All proposals will be evaluated and the necessary support provided accordingly.

For submission of proposals, contact Dr Bareki Batlokwa at:

BIF Call for Proposals for Solutions Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic Challenges in Botswana

In light of the Novel Corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Botswana Innovation Fund (BIF) is looking to fund the development of innovative solutions that address the pandemic. It is also envisaged that private entities will have an opportunity to invest or participate in the implementation of the chosen solution. The call places emphasis on innovative digital solutions and working product prototypes that are ready to scale and to curb some of the socio-economic effects of the Corona virus. Further to this, BIF anticipates intellectual property development and registration, technology transfer and commercialisation of developed solutions.



This call provides emerging digital innovators an opportunity to rapidly produce solutions that can be adopted to the market. The development of any solutions needs FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FUNDING

Call for Proposals on Combating the Spread of COVID-19 Pandemic
BIF Call for Proposals for Solutions Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic Challenges in Botswana to consider that it will be hosted locally in data servers and tested accordingly. As such it is expected that the proposed solutions;

  • May include mobile and web-based solutions e.g. food value chain e-commerce solutions.
  • Will be data enabled with the ability to analyse and publish information
  • Will adhere to the necessary standards as approved by the relevant bodies including medical bodies, as appropriate
  • May be able to provide near real time updates on the pandemic and related socio-economic impacts.


There are a number of market ready solutions relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic which can be deployed but lack the necessary validation and tweaks to deliver them to market. In recognition of this, this call seeks to provide innovators the support needed to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the COVID-19 challenges with the aim of getting their solutions to market during this time when the market recognises the usefulness of technological solutions.

These may include working prototypes of products, processes, value added services, community social interventions, tools and gadgets that may be of high demand during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is expected that the solutions will include, but are not limited to, those addressing challenges in:

  • Health Systems (Public Health Surveillance, contact tracing, Model test-kits and accreditation and management)
  • Public Service Delivery (Digital education, public service delivery systems)
  • Transport (Payments, monitoring, & tracking)
  • Logistics & Value Chains (Food, Fresh Produce, Medical supplies)

Closing date: 01 May 2020, 2000Hrs CAT

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Submit your proposal here:

2021 NRF Postgraduate Scholarships

The South Africa Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Fund (NRF) have released a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2021 academic year. Continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. Applicants for masters and doctoral funding must be 30 and 32 years of age or younger respectively in the year of application. Successful applicants will be will be funded either at Full Cost of Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and permanent residents only. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to international students and South African citizens and permanent residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet the minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria.

Scholarships are intended to support postgraduate students to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities.

All applicants are expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System. No manual applications will be accepted.

Closing date: 14 August 2020

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H2020-LC-SC3-2020 Building a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future

The European Commission Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges, under the secure, clean and efficient energy work programme, invites proposals for its H2020-LC-SC3-2020 building a low-carbon, climate resilient future call. This supports projects that focus on research, demonstration, innovation and market-uptake actions across different low-carbon energy sectors such as renewable energy, smart energy systems, energy efficiency and carbon capture utilisation and storage. Proposals may address the following topics within global leadership in renewables and joint actions:

  • LC-SC3-JA-5-2020 long term EU-Africa partnership for research and innovation actions in the area of renewable energy;
  • LC-SC3-RES-10-2020 pre-commercial procurement for a 100 per cent renewable energy supply

Proposals may take the form of research and innovation actions or pre-commercial procurement actions, depending on the topic addressed. Research and innovation actions require participation by at least three legal entities; each established in a different EU member state or Horizon 2020 associated country. Pre-commercial procurement actions require participation by at least three legal entities established in a member state or Horizon 2020 associated country, at least two of which must be public procurers from two different EU member states or Horizon 2020 associated countries. Legal entities established in a third country, who secure their own funding, may be included in the consortia.

Closing date: 30 April 2020

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Future leaders – African Independent Researchers (FLAIR) Fellowshipse

The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa, in collaboration with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the Royal Society and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), invites applications for its future leaders – African independent researchers fellowships. These supports African early-career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field. Fellowships provide an opportunity to build an independent research career in an African institution and to undertake research that will address global challenges relevant to their countries. Proposals must focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • equitable access to sustainable development;
  • sustainable economies and societies;
  • human rights, good governance and social justice.

Projects must be within the natural sciences.

Closing date: 27 May 2020

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