UPDATE ON SECOND CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Botswana Innovation Hub wishes to thank all who responded to the Botswana Innovation Fund Second Call For Proposals of December 2018. The Fund recorded an increase in the number of applications from 57 for the First Call for Proposals to 324 applications in the Second Call for Proposals.

The evaluation of concept notes submitted has been completed. All concept notes were evaluated in accordance with the evaluation criteria and the Botswana Innovation Fund Guidelines. The evaluation was vetted by an independent expert panel of adjudicators.

20 Projects have been shortlisted to advance to the next stage of training towards submission of full proposals. The 20 shortlisted projects will be required to submit full applications on the 10th June 2019 at 14:00 GMT +2. The final stage will also be vetted by an expert panel of adjudicators.

Botswana Innovation Fund (BIF) is a Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology initiative, administered by the Botswana Innovation Hub to promote innovation by giving innovators access to early stage funding.

BIF funded projects are closely monitored, and grants are withdrawn on project milestone basis. The funded projects are expected to scale up by accessing other funding instruments such as commercial banks and development funding institutions.

In order to ensure administrative transparency, BIH has a fair, equitable and non-discriminatory complaints handling procedure for competitions.

Botswana Innovation Hub would like to encourage innovators to constantly take heed of funding opportunities to develop their innovative projects. BIH will continuously engage for demand driven innovations to deliver on the organisation’s commitment to foster commercialisation of innovations and technology transfer and contribute towards Botswana’s competitiveness & economic diversification. Future calls will be tailored to national priority challenges in line with the government’s development roadmap.

More information about the Botswana Innovation Fund including its Guidelines, Complaints Handling Procedure.

For any enquires regarding the BIF, please email: innovationfund@bih.co.bw

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