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Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC)

Social Innovation Research Grant Scheme (SIRGS)


The Mauritius Research and Innovation Council is introducing the Social Innovation and Research Grant Scheme (SIRGS), a new funding scheme in line with the National Innovation Initiative being spearheaded by the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation (MoTCI).


This Scheme can be seen as an innovative scheme to tackle an existing gap in social innovation in the local context. Social Innovation refers to the adoption of new social practices in order to meet social needs in a different or more effective way.
The Council, therefore, invites NGOs and/or public funded bodies in collaboration with academic/research institutions/private sector companies to submit proposals which combine action-research and a social innovation potential with tangible outcomes in social development research areas including but not limited to social integration of vulnerable groups, equal opportunities and environmental issues.


The projects under this scheme need to have a strong research element embedded within to clearly define, describe, monitor and evaluate an intervention in an identified social problem and how in turn this intervention brings a novel and practical solution to the area under investigation.  Projects will therefore be judged in terms of the potential practical merits as socially innovative solutions to the social problems identified.


The MRIC anticipates to award a grant of up to Rs1M per project for a project duration not exceeding 24 months.

 SIRGS-Allowable and Non-Allowable Expenses.pdfSIRGS-Allowable and Non-Allowable Expenses.pdf

Expression of Interest
Prospective applicants are requested to forward their proposals to the Council using appropriate templates and guidelines. Click to download the Guidelines and application form (Online​ and Word version)​ ​for this scheme.
Applicants may also wish to discuss their ideas with the MRIC Research Management Team prior to submission of their proposals. All information disclosed will be dealt with in strict confidentiality.
Only applications/proposals which are submitted to the Council using appropriate templates and guidelines will be considered.


Effective Date
Under this scheme, applications can be submitted any time during the year.  Awards will be made on the merits of the proposal and on a first come first served basis.
All applications should be forwarded to the Executive Director in an envelope clearly labeled​ “Call for Proposals – SIRGS” on the top right hand side.

Project Summary

Please find below the project summary for each approved SIRGS project:

The Executive Director, Mauritius Research and Innovation Council
Level 6, Ebène Heights, 34 Cybercity, Ebène 72201
Tel: (230) 465 1235 Fax: (230) 465 1239 Email:    
The MRIC reserves the right not to accept applications deemed irrelevant following this advertisement.

 16 December 2020