July 26, 2018
Memo on Inclusive Innovation Consortia Grant Program
Within the scope of Fostering Productive Innovation Project implemented by the Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science RK it is planned to launch Inclusive Innovation Consortia Grant Program.
The Program aims to create inclusive innovation consortia between research organizations and businesses for promotion and development of social and inclusive innovations in Kazakhstan through provision of grants.
1.1 Aims and principles of the Grant Program
Inclusive innovations are any innovations that provide access to high quality goods, works and services that create opportunities to improve living standards of urban and rural population, including vulnerable and unreached population groups on a sustainable basis with a significant outreach.
Goal of the Inclusive Innovation Program is to combine science and business with the aim of creating and implementing innovative projects that have a significant social (and potentially environmental) impact on community and have a strong commercial potential. In particular, the Program assists organizations that:
- can grow steadily based on current and projected revenues (e.g. income from sales) or sources of sustainable financing, resulting in a clearer picture of increasing their scale. Profit is fully or partially reinvested in the company throughout the duration of the program in order to ensure its growth and, consequently, solution of social problems.
- provide direct and quantifiable changes in the lives of people, particularly, but not exclusively, in the lives of vulnerable populations, defined as people with less income and resources to live a full life. This is achieved, for example, through provision of essential goods and services to consumers that are not fully provided with (due to the fact that they live in poverty, in remote areas and can't be part of the prevailing welfare society), through acquisition of goods, works and services from producers and suppliers that do not have well-established relationships with major markets (e.g., small agricultural producers with a low level of specialization), or by providing employment opportunities to more vulnerable groups or people, that are difficult to access (formal) labor market.
- unite in its composition both above-mentioned aspects in such a way that this results in enhancing competitive advantages. Thus, reception of people with disabilities to low positions, having no particular significance for business will not meet the requirements of the Program.
The basic principle of the Program is that organizations that skillfully combine these three aspects become important players both in economic development and social inclusion/sustainability. As a rule, they develop a new way of solving old problems and begin to do business in new ways, using more risky and innovative approaches. Success of such organizations should be supported by technologies and innovations. Having reached the success, these organizations can really improve people's lives – sometimes in a scale of the entire village where they work, and sometimes at the scale of hundreds of thousands of people in the country and abroad.
In this regard, the Program is designed to unite science and business, to motivate and encourage entrepreneurs and businessmen to ensure that they attempt to do something bigger, better and new for the Kazakhstani society through technology, innovation or science.
1.2 Priority areas
- Information and Communication Technology
- Environmental Protection
- Renewable Energy
- Rational use of resources
- Other areas provided that they are improving lives and living conditions of vulnerable and unreached segments of the population
Approximate areas of inclusive innovation are:
- innovative solutions in the field of education;
- innovative methods for business processes to include persons with disabilities in everyday life;
- introduction of cheap and affordable energy saving technologies for rural and remote areas;
- introduction of accessible and affordable technologies to provide rural population with clean drinking water;
- introduction of innovative low-cost solutions in the field of telemedicine and remote diagnostics of both rural and urban populations;
- innovative solutions in food security and agriculture;
- innovative solutions in the field of safety and health of population.
The given xamples do not limit potential participants of IIC as inclusive innovation solutions can have a broader meaning and application. Implemented consortium project must correspond to, but are not limited to, a list of priority areas for development of inclusive innovations.
1.3 Consortium members
Mandatory participants of the Consortium must be:
- Commercial organizations or non-profit organizations (with the right to entrepreneurship), activities of which meet the goals and objectives of the implemented project.
- Scientific organizations with accreditation of a scientific and (or) scientific and technical entity.
1.4 Implementation period
Maximum implementation period of the project is 24 months.
At the end of the project, consortium must reach the required level of commercialization, sustainable development and enterprise growth, and significant social impacts in the framework of implemented project.
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*This memo is for informational purposes only and is not an official document. Grant Program Manual will be available on the Project website after official announcement of Inclusive Innovation Consortia Grant Program contest.
July 10, 2018
PhD Research and Training Grant Program is aimed at applying the potential of the world's leading educational, scientific and production organizations in the development of industrial and innovative potential of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of training, professional development and retraining, as well as joint scientific research, introduction of scientific developments to the industry.
Objectives of the Grant Program:
- assistance in the development of fundamental training in technical disciplines of higher education that promotes science, production (training research engineers, constructors and designers of industrial enterprises of the Republic of Kazakhstan);
- focus of the domestic research on the needs of the real economic sector;
- creating conditions to stimulate research and innovations by establishing research and development departments;
- development and further maintenance of the partnership between scientific and research institutes, academic institutes of Kazakhstan with leading international organizations and universities.
Grants will be awarded to projects addressing strategic issues related to the future of Kazakhstan in priority areas of scientific and technological development defined by Higher Scientific-Technical Commission under the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev dated January 31, 2017 (except for research that does not comply with administrative criteria):
- Rational use of natural resources, incl. water resources, geology, processing, new materials and technologies, safer products and structures;
- Information, telecommunication and space technologies, scientific research in the field of natural sciences;
- Energy and mechanical engineering;
- Sustainable development of agricultural complex and safety of agricultural products;
- Life Sciences and health;
- National security and defense;
- Digital services, 3D printing, automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and big data.
Each application for PhD Grant Program must:
- be market-oriented and scientifically competitive internationally;
- be relevant for present or future scientific, economic and industrial development of Kazakhstan, including the possibility of establishing research partnerships with local or foreign commercial companies;
- have the potential and interest in conducting multidisciplinary research;
- include proposals for outreach work in universities, high schools and public relations;
- be selected, evaluated and implemented in accordance with the principles and procedures set forth in POM, Procurement Guidelines and EMF.
Target group for grant A includes research organization for researchers who are studying or have recently graduated from the doctoral program (PhD) in the country or abroad (only residents of the Republic of Kazakhstan).
Proposals are reviewed on the following established administrative criteria:
The candidate must meet one of the following criteria:
- doctoral student who has completed the first year in doctoral program (PhD) (at the time of application) on technical education;
- received PhD degree no later than 3 years majoring in engineering sciences and technology (at the time of application).
To participate in the grant program of type A, Applicant shall:
- have R&D, on which the Candidate will work during his/her stay in the host foreign organization (or local host organization if an applicant studies or works outside of Kazakhstan);
- submit a letter of support describing the potential of the proposed research and/or technology and its readiness, and the need for additional research in the host organization (in free form);
- submit a letter from a local industrial organization about the interest in research project and/or training of the Candidate (letter must contain the specific scope of the proposed research and/or technology, and the required amount in cash terms per year);
- theme of the subproject should correspond to priority areas in accordance with Section 2 of this Manual;
- have co-financing of at least 20% of the total amount of the subproject from the directing organization and/or local production organization and/or physical person (letter of guarantee);
- host organization must be a centre of excellence (centres of excellence are: universities for not below the 100th place inclusively in QS World University Rankings by Subject by branches in 2018 - https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2018; for RSI not below the 500th place inclusively inmRanking WEB of research centers http://research.webometrics.info/en/world);
- submit reference from NCSTE about the absence of plagiarism in research work;-
- provide copies of documents confirming the unconditional invitation (except financial conditions) or a contract with a host organization abroad, including timelines, cost (with detailed calculations) of the planned research (if a candidate is studying or working at a local organization) or local host organization (if the applicant is trained or working in a foreign organization). Qualification of the host group and/or the head needs to match the area of sub-project of the Candidate;
- application in languages set forth in this Manual (State and/or Russian and English languages).
The following applications will be rejected:
- applications related to production and/or trade of tobacco, alcohol products, weapons and ammunition, gambling and dual-use goods;
- applications related to involuntary resettlement;
- applications which can be classified as "Category A" according to EMF. Preliminary environmental assessment form is part of the Application and is mandatory to fill in;
- applications whose activities are mentioned in the list of areas from EMF, for which the World Bank does not provide financing;
Grant type A is a scholarship program individual candidates provided by the Applicant that is selected by ISCB, that meet all selection criteria.
Grant funds cover:
- individual scholarship covers all expenses for accommodation in the country which the Applicant intends to visit for research.
- transport costs, including the costs of obtaining a visa and compulsory insurance;
- family allowance if the researcher is traveling with dependent family members (only for wife or husband and minor children);
- patent and publication costs (costs associated with obtaining a patent, while it is allowed to pay those patent applications that relate to subject matter of the subproject, and costs for publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals with impact factor of not lower than 0.2 in popular edition, which is included in the international Web of Science information resources and/or Scopus).
In case of lack of funds these categories can be funded from co-financing.
Co-financing funds cover:
- costs of remuneration of the host organization, supplies, equipment rental, all taxes and fees that arise during implementation of the subproject and other overhead costs associated with implementation of the subproject;
Based on the results of the sub-project implementation, the following mandatory key indicators shall be achieved:
- performed experiment or test (with submission of the test report);
- submitting an international patent application under PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) with assignment of registration number or a patent under PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty);
- academic publication published and/or submitted for consideration with impact factor not less than 0.2 in top-ranked edition that is part of the international information resources Web of Science and/or Scopus;
- developed software (if the sub-project is in information technologies);
- developed business plan and/orcommercialization strategy for the subproject;
Maximum duration of sub-project is not more than 12 (twelve) months.
June 15, 2018
The Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, within the framework of the Project "Fostering Productive Innovation", announces a competition for the Grants Program for the Productive Sector Consortia.
The goal of the program is to ensure cooperation and the creation of consortia between scientific organizations and enterprises of the manufacturing sector for the introduction of technologies that solve the systematic tasks in the industry.
The period of technology commercialization under this Grant Program should not exceed three (3) years. The consortium should consist of scientific organizations (universities, research institutes, etc.) and businesses from the productive sectors of the economy.
The maximum amount of the grant will be 650 million tenge.
Acceptance of applications via the Portal (www.fpip.kz)begins on June 20, 2018 and ends on July 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm Astana time.
Detailed information on the conditions and requirements for the competition will be available in the Productive sector consortia Grant Manual, which can be downloaded at www.fpip.kz in the "Innovation Consortia" section.
Applicants should carefully read and comply with all the requirements for participation in the Productive sector consortia Grant Manual. All applications must be submitted in English, Kazakh and/or Russian via the Portal on www.fpip.kz. The applications in English will be considered as main document, since the examination of the projects will be carried out in English. Strict compliance with all requirements is required. Applications that do not comply with the rules of participation are subject to rejection and will not be accepted for consideration. Before starting the application, applicants should carefully read the environmental requirements for the subprojects, as well as with the prohibited activities under the Project.
December 26, 2017
The list of winners of the Grants Program for PSC I Planning recommended by the International Science and Commercialization Board:
November 27, 2017
The Science committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan under Fostering Productive Innovation Project announces the contest for selection of Technology Transfer/Commercialization Offices at the universities of the Republic Kazakhstan.
The contest documentation is available on the websites of the Science Committee MOES RK (www.sc.edu.gov.kz) and the Project Management Unit of the Fostering Productive Innovation Project (www.fpip.kz). Consultations on clarification of the contest documentation and on preparation of applications may be obtained by telephone: 8(7172)74-24-85, 8 (778) 437-50-16, 8(701) 888-95-79.
Representatives of Operator responsible for consultations on the contest documentation and preparation of applications - Akshalova Asem, Utegulov Alan, Mambetov Karassay.
Applications can be submitted from November 27th 2017 to December 4th 2017 until 18:00 Astana time.