SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Nam S&T
Mauritius is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and other developing countries (NAM S&T Centre). (http://www.namstct.org)

The NAM S&T Centre frequently organizes seminars, symposiums, workshops, training programmes and fellowships on bilateral or multilateral basis in selected fields of special relevance. The focal point for the NAM S&T Centre being the Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education, Scien​ce and Technology, nomination for these international events is carried out at the level of the ministry.

Partenariat Hubert Curien Le Réduit

The Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology and the French Embassy, signed the “Partenariat Hubert Curien Le Réduit (PHC Le Réduit)” on July 18, 2019. This agreement aims to boost research in Mauritius through an operational mechanism intended to promote the emergence of research partnerships through the mobility of researchers between the two countries.

It constitutes a privileged instrument of bilateral scientific cooperation between the Republic of Mauritius and the French Republic. It is in line with the objectives of the Mauritian Government of transforming the island into a 'knowledge hub', by allowing Mauritian researchers to join the international scientific community through innovative research projects of strategic importance for the country.

Downloadable documents:
Call for Applications/Appel à candidature (Annex I)
Application Form/Dossier de candidature (Annex II)
Guide to Good practices/Guide de bonnes pratiques (Annex III)
Press Communiqué/Communiqué de presse (Annex IV)

Higher Education Commission Research Schemes 

The overarching objective of the Research Fund is in line with the Government decision to promote academic research in all our universities under various research schemes. The Schemes, introduced in 2017, are managed by the Higher Education Commission.

The main objectives of the Research Schemes are, amongst others to:

  1. Support researchers to indulge in research activities;
  2. Contribute to enhance collaboration within and between institutions;
  3. Bridge the gender gap that may exist especially in the science and technology-related fields; and
  4. Encourage researchers to tap external sources of funding, amongst others.  

More information is available on this linkhttp://www.tec.mu/research_schemes

The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
WHAT IS IORA?
The Indian Ocean Rim Ass​ociation (IORA) is an international organisation consisting of 22 Member States, including Mauritius as one of its members since 1997.

 The objectives of the IORA are:

a. to foster sustainable growth and balanced development in the region and in the member States;
​b. to concentrate on those areas of economic cooperation which provide maximum development opportunities, common interests and mutual benefits; and
​c. to foster liberalization, to remove impediments and lower barriers to a freer and better flow of goods, services, investment and technology.

The concept of open regionalism underpins these goals. IORA is also a platform for researchers, scholars and practitioners to share research findings, including the priority research areas it is currently working on:

  1. Maritime Safety and Security;
  2. Trade and Investment Facilitation;
  3. Fisheries Management;
  4. Disaster and Risk Management;
  5. Academic, Science and Technology Cooperation;
  6. Tourism and Cultural Exchanges;
  7. Women's Economic Empowerment; and
  8. The Blue Economy.

More information is available on https://www.iora.int

Square Kilometre Array (SKA) 
The SKA is a major radio telescope project being implemented in the region and is conducted by a consortium of nine African countries, namely Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, with a square kilometre (one million square metres) of collecting area.

More information is available on https://www.skatelescope.org/

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings are held annually at Lindau (Germany) and aims at bringing together Nobel Laureates and outstanding young scientists from all over the world. The event focuses alternatively on different disciplines, namely, Chemistry, Physics, Physiology /Medicine, and every two years on Economics. The Lindau Meetings foster exchange between Nobel Laureates and young undergraduates, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, of different generations, cultures and disciplines. 

As an academic partner of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, the Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology identifies and nominates young scientists to attend the meeting. These scientists should be studying or carrying out research in Mauritian Higher Education Institutions and should be able to meet the selection criteria of the Council of Lindau. The final selection of the Mauritian candidate who will attend the meeting is done by the scientific review panel of the Lindau Nobel Laureate. 

More information on the Lindau Meetings 2021 is available on

https://www.lindau-nobel.org/

NEPAD SANBio
The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) provides a shared biosciences research, development and innovation platform to address some of Southern Africa’s essential health and nutrition challenges. SANBio was established in 2005 as one of five regional collaboration networks under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, especially the African Biosciences Initiative (NEPAD-ABI), covering 12 SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

SANBio operates on a regional multi-country approach: All project efforts involve at least three countries since many development problems transcend borders. The SANBio Secretariat, which manages the day-to-day activities of the Network, is hosted at the SANBio Hub in Pretoria, South Africa.

More information is available on this link: https://www.nepadsanbio.org/

The Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC)
What is the MRIC?
The Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC) is a parastatal, not-for profit organization operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation. It is the apex body advising Government of the Republic of Mauritius on all matters concerning scientific and technological research and innovation issues.

In a bid to service its mission of promoting and pioneering research for sustainable development to enhance the quality of life of the people of Mauritius, the MRIC offers several Research and Innovation Schemes

Others Research Funding Agencies :
Intereg
Horizon 2020
Finance Hub for Environment
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