The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), has made some clarifications to the Request for proposals (RFP) on the Telecommunications-Based Research Innovation from Academics in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions programme in response to some inquiries on the programme.
In statement issued by the Commission, and signed by the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, the regulator also said that the deadline for the submission of the RFP has been extended to August 31, 2021.
In the statement posted on the NCC’s website the Commission said that the Telecommunications-based research Innovations from the Academics in the Nigerian Tertiary Institutions programme is designed to achieve the following:
1.Feasible Research ideas, capable of replacing or enhancing foreign technologies in the telecommunications ecosystem in Nigeria i.e development of indigenous content in sector factor.
2.Support development of capacity in the tertiary institutions (researching on emerging technologies ) and promote Nigeria’s contribution to the pool of technologies in use in the Communications industry.
3.Viable prototypes commercialisation should result in spin-off companies, creating wealth for the tertiary institutions and job opportunities for the students that worked on the projects.
4.The published research proposal outline included sections on Evidence of Local Content Realization up to Prototype Stage and, Relevance to the Telecom and related Industry.
5.The Research Grant is awarded to the Tertiary Institutions and therefore paid into the Tertiary Institution’s nominated account. The institution will disburse the Grant to the Lead Researcher of each team.
6. Each research would lead to the development of a prototype that must be submitted to the Nigerian Communications Commission at the end of each project.
The statement urged research teams that have already submitted their proposals and wish to update it, sequel to this addendum, to do so adding that such new submission must include a letter withdrawing the easier submission.
According the NCC, the programme is part of the NCC’s agenda for enhancing indigenous content and ensuring “industry-ready” graduates for sustainable development of the Nigerian telecommunications industry.