Today, April 3, 2019, the National council for Science and Technology (NCST) held a validation workshop of the National Research and Innovation Agenda (NRIA) and National Research and Innovation Fund (NRIF) Framework in an event that took place at Marriot Hotel from 8:30 to 1:30PM.

The workshop which brought together over 40 participants from various stakeholder institutions from across the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society organizations, was aimed at validating the Agenda and Fund Framework both of which were developed with the support of Technopolis Group, a UK based firm.

The National Research and Innovation Agenda  is a policy instrument designed to consolidate and guide national efforts towards boosting Research and innovation performance in accordance with national social economic development ambitions that are set forth in the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) and the Vision 2050.  

The Agenda sets a three-pronged goal of: increasing investment in Research and Development (R&D); increasing R&D skills and infrastructure; and focusing on priority sector-led research and innovation.

On the other hand, the Fund Framework presents strategies geared towards ensuring coordination in Research and Innovation funding, and defining a structured approach in operationalizing the Fund as a principal vehicle to implementing the National Research and Innovation Agenda.

In his opening remarks, the Acting Executive Secretary of NCST, Mr. KALISA. M. Felly, thanked all stakeholders for the support during consultations and drafting of the two documents. He reiterated that the documents were living documents that will continue to be readjusted in accordance with the national trends..

The highly interactive workshop  resulted in  a wide array of inputs aimed at improving the documents. A recurring idea stressed by the deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of for Academic Affairs and Research at the University of Rwanda, Prof. Nelson IJUMBA, and Dr. Ignace GATARE, the Principal at the College of Science and Technology (UR-CST), was the need for dynamism in selecting priority areas in order to account for emerging technologies.

Notably also, stakeholders highlighted the need to translate research findings into implementation at community level,  include transport and housing, indigenous innovations, local pharmaceutical production, emerging exotic diseases like Ebola and yellow fever,  among the priority areas to benefit from research and innovation funding.

Accordingly, Technopolis Group acknowledged the broad range of input from stakeholders, and committed to compile and incorporate the suggestion on road to finalizing the documents within two weeks.

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