The Rodrigues Branch of the MRIC was launched at Port Mathurin on 31st October 2011.
The objectives of the office are to:
1. Address potential research and innovation gaps in Rodrigues
2. Act as a platform for technology transfer between Mauritius and Rodrigues
3. Promote Capacity Building in research and innovation related sectors.
The branch has spearheaded a number of new
initiatives in Rodrigues, including research projects on seaweed, capacity
building of researchers in writing of research proposals, capacity building of
women entrepreneurs in seaweed farming and processing, formulation of policy
and strategy documents on Science, Technology and Innovation and providing
scientific advice on various programs undertaken in Rodrigues.
The staff of the Rodrigues Branch is closely involved with the
community in Rodrigues and promotes collaborative Research and Development with
researchers from various commissions and departments as well as entrepreneurs
and other members of the community. Such clusters have led to translation of
Research and Innovation into concrete output such as the set up of the Seaweed
Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd, the Seaweed Farm in Petite Butte, the
manufacture and sale of seaweed based food products on the market and the
manufacture of furniture/handicraft with ‘pikan loulou’ (Acacia nilotica) on a
pilot scale. Most recently in 2021, the MRIC Branch
has been involved in the management of the MRIC Rodrigues Research and
Innovation Grant Scheme to encourage researchers and innovators to conduct
Research and Innovation Initiatives on the island.