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The Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) is a statutory body established in terms of the Research Act of 1986. It is mandated to promote, direct, supervise and co-ordinate research. One major function of RCZ is advising Government on issues of research for sustainable development. RCZ also provides an exceptional forum for interaction and discussion for the mutual benefit of Government, academia and industrialists. It is an established conduit for financial and administrative support for collaborative research among research institutes and councils. RCZ organises biennial symposia and produces proceedings thereof. Under its grants and awards programme, six journals have received funding. RCZ's role is that of a catalyst, having identified broad areas of concern, it consults and brings together relevant experts to define a programme of work and to seek sources of funds. The RCZ establishes and maintains links with professional bodies and centres of excellence to enhance the quality of its role as a facilitator of national and international collaboration. Collaborative linkages with organisations such as The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), International Council for Science (ICSU), United Nations Programmes and the ICSU Regional Office for Africa keep the RCZ abreast with international developments. The RCZ is serviced by a Secretariat headed by an Executive Director

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2018 OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR RESEARCH WHICH IS READY FOR PROTOTYPING OR COMMERCIALISATION TO TRANSFORM ZIMBABWE’S EC...
18/10/2018
Research Council of Zimbabwe

2018 OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR RESEARCH WHICH IS READY FOR PROTOTYPING OR COMMERCIALISATION TO TRANSFORM ZIMBABWE’S ECONOMY INTO A MIDDLE INCOME ECONOMY BY 2030
His Excellency Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, is on record stating that “The successful realisation of our shared Vision 2030 will require concerted effort and the disciplined implementation of radical economic reforms targeted at attracting and facilitating foreign and domestic investments in line with the reality that Zimbabwe is open for business. In support of this Vision; RCZ is superintending the national research effort by promoting prototyping or commercialisation of research results to transform Zimbabwe into a middle income economy by 2030.

1. Objectives of the Call
This Call aims at supporting research which is ready for prototyping or commercialisation to catalyse the transformation of Zimbabwe’s economy into a middle income economy by 2030 through:
i. Accelerating industrialisation, modernisation and mechanisation.
ii. Facilitating absorption of research results by business/industry.
iii. Facilitating commercialisation of research output(s).
RCZ is guided by the Government approved National Research Priorities (NRPs). The four theme areas are Social Sciences and Humanities; Sustainable Environment and Resource Management; Promoting and Maintaining Good Health; and National Security, with 22 associated goals (highlighting agriculture, mining, energy, water and others). In addition, RCZ coordinated formulation of the Research Commercialisation Handbook within the context of the 2nd Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) on Functionality of the National Science Technology and Innovation System (NSTIS). The NRPs and the Handbook are on the RCZ website www.rcz.ac.zw.
2. Eligibility
i. Funding is open, on a competitive basis, to Zimbabwean researchers affiliated to local Academic institutions, Research institutions and Government Research departments.
ii. Researchers from the Private Sector and Non-profit organisations collaborating with a Zimbabwean approved public institute are also encouraged to apply.
iii. Consortia of the above, with one public institution as lead applicant assuming responsibility and accountability can also apply.
iv. Eligible research projects must focus on the thrust to transform Zimbabwe’s economy into a middle-income economy by 2030.
v. In line with human capital and capacity development, a proposal may have Zimbabwean Students working towards attaining Masters or Doctoral Degrees in the related area.
vi. Female researchers are encouraged to apply.
3. Budget Limitation
Funding is provided to the level indicated in the proposal budget subject to clear and justified value for money in research transformation into tangible goods and services and potential impact onto the local, regional and international commercial markets. RCZ reserves the right to review the budget.
4. Submission Deadline
The deadline for submission of applications is 31 October 2018 by 1600 hours.
5. Processing of Proposals
i. The evaluation and selection of proposals will comprise verification of the proposal eligibility.
ii. Confidential peer review of the proposals by experts.
iii. Short listing of reviewed research proposals.
iv. Communicating results and funding decisions to applicants by 31 December 2018.
v. All proposals will be received and processed in confidence and with complete acknowledgement of intellectual property rights of the proponents.
vi. RCZ’s decision is final.
6. Submission
i. All application documents must be submitted online (www.rcz.ac.zw/proposalsubmission).
ii. Approval from the host institution of affiliation is a prerequisite. Proposals without institutional approval will not be considered.
iii. Applicants should declare originality of their work and sign off to confirm ownership.
iv. Only researchers who have been granted explicit institutional permission to submit can do so via email to [email protected] with the subject “TRANSFROMING ZIMBABWE INTO A MIDDLE INCOME ECONOMY BY 2030”.
7. Contact Information
• For additional information on the Call visit www.rcz.ac.zw
• For any queries or additional information, contact RCZ: Tel. 263-24-2304733, 2304787 cell 0712 954 330/2
Contact Persons
o Mrs P. Chikowore -extension 107. Email: [email protected]
o Mr C. Mpofu - extension 117. Email: [email protected]

The Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) was established in 1986 to promote, direct, supervise and coordinate research. One of the major functions of RCZ is advising Government on issues of research for sustainable development. RCZ also provides an exceptional forum for interaction and discussion for....

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This Handbook is a result of work done by the Research Commercialisation Technical Working Group (TWG) under the 2nd Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) on Functionality of the National Science Technology and Innovation System (NSTIS).



The Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) wishes to acknowledge and thank the members of the TWG particularly TelOne, represented by Eng. J. Munembe for contribution towards conceptualisation of the Research Commercialisation Framework which culminated in development of this Handbook. The Council is indebted to TelOne for sponsoring the Stakeholder Consultative Workshop on the Research Commercialisation Framework. In addition, RCZ appreciates all the participants as represented by Research Directors from Public and Private Universities, Research Institutions across the Country, Private Sector and SMEs representatives. The input as provided by the stakeholders towards improving the Framework and subsequent endorsement is greatly appreciated.



Special mention goes to the Governance Leadership for support throughout the RRIs.

05/07/2018

Introduction
The Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) is inviting nominations for individuals or groups who have made outstanding research contributions in their areas of specialisation. The nominations submitted will be subjected to a thorough verification and assessment process by a panel of experts and ranked to decide the winning entries for each category. RCZ is calling for nominations for awards in any of the following theme areas:

1. Sustainable Environment and Resource Management in Zimbabwe.
2. Promoting and Maintaining Good Health.
3. Social Sciences and Humanities.
4. National Security of Zimbabwe.

General award criteria
The following criteria will be used to decide the winning entries:
1. Originality/inventiveness
2. Outcomes and possible impact to community or society in general.
3. Leadership in the field.
4. Breadth and/or depth of work.
5. Recognition/acknowledgement within the field of research.
6. Research Output (Contribution to peer reviewed journals/books, utility models, patents etc.)
7. Outstanding achievement as a researcher

The quality of the nomination and that of the supporting endorsement letters, will also carry a significant weighting. The nomination and endorsements should be as specific, accurate, and as complete as possible. It is imperative that the true merits of the candidate be conveyed through this information. Please keep in mind that in some cases, those involved in the selection process may have no personal knowledge of the candidate or the research work being referred to and will lean heavily on the nomination documentation for the information they need to make accurate judgments. [Note: Delete the above section after completing the form]

Nomination Categories: Please mark the category under which you wish the Nominee to be considered (by putting double “XX” in the corresponding box):
Section A
Nomination Category Mark Category
1. Robert Gabriel Mugabe Award to an individual or team for outstanding research.
2. Presidential Award to a female researcher for outstanding research
3. Presidential Award (company/institution) for outstanding application of research and development (R&D) or commercialisation of research results
4. Sectorial Awards:
4.1 Health Sciences
4.2 Natural and Environmental Sciences
4.3 Social Sciences and Humanities.
4.4 National Security
5. Young Scientist Awards (a) Primary School (b) Secondary School
6. College/Polytechnic Student Research Award
7. University Student Research Award

Section B
Nominee / Candidate identity
Title: Choose an item (Mr/Mrs./Ms/Dr/Prof).
Family Name (in capital letters) Click here to enter text.
First Name Click here to enter text.
Qualifications: Choose an item.
Position / designation: Click here to enter text.
Institution: Click here to enter text.
Mailing address Click here to enter text.
E-mail: Click here to enter text.
Phone Office: Click here to enter text.
Cell: Click here to enter text.
Home Phone: Click here to enter text.

Confirmation statement by the Nominee that the research work is her / his own and accepts to be entered for the award: Click here to enter text.

Signature of Nominee: ........................................................
Brief description (not too technical) of the candidate's research that deserves the award: (This could be the title under which the entry is / will be referred to) Maximum 150 words…

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Section C
Sections Details
1. Originality/inventiveness (1. Verifiable proof of originality. 2. New contribution that can be claimed for the work, copyrights or patents.)

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2. Outcomes and possible impact to community or society in general. (1. Uptake of research findings. 2. Verifiable changes/improvements by the research in the community/society/field or target audience)

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3. Leadership in the field. (1. Professional positions held. 2. Membership to Professional Bodies, Boards. 3. Chairing Committees or being a member of a committee.)

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4. Breadth and/or depth of work. (1. Any additions to the existing body of knowledge. 2. Theoretical contributions. 3. Applicability beyond specific area of specialization)

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5. Recognition/acknowledgement within the field of research. (1. Citations. 2. Invitations to speak, present papers. 3. Nominations for other awards.4. Awards won)

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6. Research Output (Patents/Trademarks/Copyrights/List of published work in recognised journals)
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7. Outstanding achievements as a researcher. (Exceptional achievement/ highlight of career as a researcher)

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Section D
Nominator identity
Title: Choose an item (Mr/Mrs./Ms./Dr/Prof).
Family Name (in capital letters) Click here to enter text.
First Name Click here to enter text.
Qualifications: Choose an item.
Position / designation: Click here to enter text.
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Signature:
Date signed:
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Further Guidelines for Nominations
Nominations should be of research work conducted, particularly over the last five years. Work which received awards in previous symposia should not be submitted regardless of category. Nominees should endorse that they agree to have their research work entered for the awards. They should also confirm that the work is their own and may not be claimed by any other person(s) or organisation(s). Where the research is commissioned or sponsored, a letter of consent from the sponsor will be required to clear that the entry is not violating an existing contract or agreement with the researcher. Please note that a Nomination Form that is not fully completed will not be considered. Once the form has been submitted, no follow up is expected. Both Nominators and Nominees may be required to provide additional information regarding their entries.
Deadline
Submission of Nomination Forms: 15 00 hours on 30 August 2018.
Kindly send in your submission clearly marked:
Confidential: Symposium 2018 Nomination
The Executive Director, Research Council of Zimbabwe, 11 Stafford Road, Mt. Pleasant
Harare, Zimbabwe
Or
Email: [email protected] cc [email protected]

12TH ZIMBABWE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 13-15 FEBRUARY 2019: HARARE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE C...
04/07/2018
Research Council of Zimbabwe

12TH ZIMBABWE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

13-15 FEBRUARY 2019: HARARE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE
Abstracts are now being accepted for the 12th Zimbabwe International Research Symposium (ZIRS) to be hosted by the Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ). The Symposium will be held at the Harare International Conference Centre from 13-15 February 2019. Abstracts can be submitted for either oral or poster presentations. Authors must specify whether they prefer to make oral or poster presentations taking into account that space for poster presentations is limited.

ZIRS is an international event dedicated to showcasing the latest scientific research results, networking and creating smart partnerships. Other benefits include the opportunity to meet face to face with experts from various disciplines and identify new areas of cooperation.
The Symposium is also a platform for identifying gaps and challenges faced by sectors in the development of targeted and evidence-based strategies. Young researchers have the chance to receive mentorship from more seasoned researchers, and early career scientists and researchers may also receive career guidance. Authors benefit from publication of their papers in the ZIRS Book of Papers presented, refereed and edited to international standards and accredited with ISBN and ISSN standard numbers.

12TH ZIRS OBJECTIVES
 To provide a platform for nurturing relationships between industry and academia for national sustainable development and shaping of the National Research Agenda.
 To facilitate increased transfer of knowledge from knowledge generators to knowledge users (Industry, entrepreneurs, investors).
 To bring to the fore research outputs with commercial value.
MAIN THEME
The main theme for the 12th ZIRS is “The Nexus between Research and Industry: Key to Innovation and Sustainable Development”.

SUB-THEMES
Abstracts are expected to focus on but not limited to the following sub-themes.

1. SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES
 Demystifying Intellectual Property Rights in Zimbabwe
 Fostering Public-Private Sector Partnerships for sustainable development
 Innovative strategies to attract Foreign Direct Investment for sustainable development
 R&D as an investment for unlocking sustainable development
 Promoting connectedness and flow of funds in the National Science Technology and Innovation System
 Improving access to financial services for Zimbabwe
 Strengthening Special Economic Zones
 Curbing foreign currency externalisation and smuggling of goods
 Strengthening industry-academia linkages through R&D funding
 Promoting business incubation programmes for sustainable development
 Enhancing capacity, retooling and recapitalisation of industry through R&D
 Harmonisation of investment laws and policies
 Accelerating commercialisation of R&D for industrial growth

2. SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
 Transforming agriculture through increased productivity and food security
 Value addition to Zimbabwe’s natural resources as a cornerstone for industrial development
 Searching for R&D solutions to challenges on availability of water
 Responding to climate change and variability through R&D
 Understanding and exploiting deep earth resources
 Developing sustainable energy resources for sustainable development
 Creating platforms for technology transfer, acquisition, and adoption by industry
 Mitigating land degradation
 Rehabilitation and development of public infrastructure
 Water harvesting technologies

3. PROMOTING AND MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH
 Increasing access to health facilities
 Strengthening biotechnology research for disease prevention and control.
 Preventative health care
 Juxta positioning Indigenous Knowledge Systems in pharmaceuticals industry
 Revitalising Zimbabwe’s national health delivery system
 Patenting traditional medicine to unlock revenue for the local pharmaceutical industry
 A Healthy start to life: countering impacts of genetic, maternal, social and environmental factors which dispose infants to ill-health and reduce their well-being and life potential
 Focus on non-communicable diseases including cancer

4. NATIONAL SECURITY
 Countering corruption through e-governance.
 Enhancing good corporate governance
 Combating crime, terrorism and human trafficking
 Tackling revenue leakages
 Money laundering and externalisation of foreign currency
 Controlling invasive species
 The nexus between food security and national security
 Improved drought tolerant crops
 Cyber-security for sustainable development

GUIDELINES FOR WRITING ABSTRACTS
Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be submitted in 12 Times New Roman in MS Word format and include the following: abstract title, author’s names, sub-theme chosen, author’s institution, and contact details (functional email addresses and cell phone numbers). In the case of abstracts for published papers, Authors should give a statement stating that the work has been published elsewhere. Full papers presented by authors whose abstracts are accepted will be published in the 12th ZIRS Book of Papers Presented. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to make oral or poster presentations.

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
Deadline for submission of abstracts 31 July 2018
Feedback on reviewed abstracts 10 August 2018
Due date for submission of full papers 15 October 2018
Feedback on reviewed full papers 15 November 2018
Deadline for receipt of corrected papers 30 November 2018
Early registration begins 1 October 2018
Late registration begins 4 February 2019

CONFERENCE FEES Amount ($)
Conference presenters
International 300
Local 250
International Student 100
Conference delegates
International 200
Local 150
Local Students 50
The Conference fees include the Book of Abstracts, teas, lunches, a welcome cocktail and a conference bag. An additional $10 will be charged for all late registrations.

METHODS OF PAYMENT
Conference presenters and delegates can use one of the following ways to pay registration fees.
1. Online payment via Paynow accessible on the RCZ website (www.rcz.ac.zw)
2. Bank deposit
3. Mobile money transfer (Eco cash Merchant Code : 115292)

Banking Details
Research Council of Zimbabwe, Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe, Nkwame Nkrumah Branch
Account Number 01120016740027.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
Abstracts should be sent to [email protected] . Abstracts sent after the deadline or to the wrong email address will not be accepted.

FURTHER INFORMATION
For any queries or additional information contact our team on: Tel. +263-4-304733, 304787 Cell phone +263 712 954 330/2

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