In response to some inquiries on the Telecommunications-Based Research Innovation Programme from Academics in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has made some clarifications.
According to NCC Vice Chairman and CEO, Prof. Umar G. Danbatta in a notice published on the commission’s website and obtained by City BusinessNews (www,citybusinessnews.com), NCC explained that the Telecommunications-based research Innovations from the Academics in the Nigerian Tetiary Institutions programme is designed to achieve the following:
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
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
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.
The programme is part of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s agenda for enhancing indigenous content and ensuring “industry-ready” graduates for the sustainable development of the Nigerian telecommunications industry.
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.
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.
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.
All other information in the original advertisements of July 5, 2021 remains valid.
This addendum while not being different from the document on the Programme’s Request for Proposals published on the Commission’s website and Social media handles as well as some national dailies (ThisDay, Leadership & The Sun) on July 05, 2021 the deadline for the submission of responses has been extended to August 31, 2021.
Research teams that have already submitted their proposals and wish to update it, sequel to this addendum, are permitted to do so. Such new submission must include a letter withdrawing the easier submission.