The agreement will streamline the process of disbursing funds to researchers and innovators at NUST and will ensure that the grants provided to researchers by the NCRST will be managed in accordance with the Institution’s existing financial management policies. The agreement will also regulate the timely reporting of the research execution which forms part of the Institution’s monitoring and evaluation process.
“The national system of innovation needs strengthening to empower the University and the economy in general to improve the socio-economic conditions of our people,” the Vice-Chancellor of NUST, Tjama Tjivikua, said during the official signing of the agreement.
Both parties to the agreement recognise the importance and complementary roles they can play in developing science, technology and innovation in Namibia.
“The agreement is a critical tool in streamlining research grant management, as the NCRST and NUST both play different, but equally important roles in the functional innovation system,”
Dr Eino Mvula, CEO of the Commission, said.
Dr Anna Matros-Goreses, Director of the Project Services Unit at NUST, said the Commission has granted N$5.8 million in support of research and innovation excellence at NUST from the inception of the Commission in 2013. “The institution looks forward to the results of the Research and Capacity Building Call as well as the Joint South Africa and Namibia Research Call applications that were submitted this year. These Calls provide an opportunity to build a critical mass of researchers and scientific capacity for the nation,” Matros-Goreses said.
Mvula thanked Tjivikua and his team for the commitment they have shown towards the finalisation of the agreement. “Your collaborative efforts will undoubtedly contribute to making innovation a key driver for achieving the objectives and goals of the Harambee Prosperity Plan,” he said.
The NCRST has a wide and very important mandate to promote, co-ordinate, develop and fund research, science and technology in Namibia.