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THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA

National Science and Technology Council

Application Guideline
For Submission of Full Proposal
Based on the Identified Thematic Areas for Each Sector

Ministry of Science and Technology


September, 2015
Addis Ababa , Ethiopia

Preamble
Development of Technological Accumulation capability to enable rapid learning, adaptation, utilization and
improvement of technologies is envisioned as a strategic issue in the National Science, Technology and
Innovation Policy of Ethiopia.
Considering this, government and private research institutes and universities in the country are encouraged and
given direction to undertake applied researches that are targeted to solve the countrys economic and social
problems.
With this need to recognize and support such researches activities, the government of Ethiopia has allocated
budget in this 2008E.C.
During this 2nd round of call for research proposal, the Ministry of Science and Technology has received
research thematic areas from different ministries and institutions based on strategic priority areas and GTP-II
plans.
This is, therefore, a call for proposal from research institutions, universities, and enterprises, to be submitted to
conduct researches in the stated Thematic Areas, and geared towards solving critical problems in the stated
thematic areas for that particular sector.

1. Short Title
This guideline is entitled as National Science and Technology Research Council Guideline for Submission of
Research Proposals for Identified Thematic Areas

2. Objectives
The main objective of this call is to give submission guidelines for submission of Full Proposal. Researches in
the Identified Thematic Areas that will be finally selected on the basis of their economic and social implication
and outputs will receive a Research Grant up to a maximum of Birr Five Million (ETB 5,000,000) to support
the research.

3. Eligibility
Any legally established institution and professional associations that fulfills the following criteria is eligible to
apply:
3.1.

Engaged in research activities in the fields of Science and Technology

3.2.

Able to provide supporting letter from the Host Institution (s) verifying that the idea and subject of
the research and its results are/have been owned by the Institution. And/or professionals in the
Institution (Professional Association).

3.3.

Able to verify that the research results are to be disseminated and to be used by end users and have
major economic and social growth impacts.

3.4.

Able to provide supporting letters from end user organizations justifying the soundness of the
research in solving a specific problem and also the availability of resources (knowledge and
facilities) for implementation.

3.5.

Able to justify that the research is cross-sectorial and its results are broad and transcends a single
sector.

3.6.

Able to justify that the research has not been submitted for funding requests previously or will not
be submitted for funding requests in the future till decisions are reached.

4. Formats for writing of Full Proposal


As any other Proposal for huge funding, the Full Proposal should have the following Sections in very much
detailed forms.
4.1.

Introduction

4.2.

Detailed Background of Problem Definition and Justification for conducting the Project

4.3.

General Objective and Detailed Specific Objectives

4.4.

Methodology
4.4.1. Outline of Research to be Employed
4.4.2. Description of Research Procedures and Instruments
4.4.3. Methodology on Data Collection, Analysis and Procedures

4.5.

Expected output and outcome of the Project, Benefits and Beneficiaries of the Project

4.6.

Environment, Social and Gender consideration, give Details

4.7.

References that show relevant scientific and technical publications similar to and supporting the
approach to be used in conducting the intended Research.

4.8.

Give Details if Ethical Considerations are to be required to conduct the research

4.9.

Give Detailed Human, Physical and Infrastructural facilities available in the Host or Collaborative
Institutions to conduct the intended Research. Justifications by the Host and Co-host Institutions
are required in writing of the availability of these human, Physical and Infrastructural facilities in
their respective institutions to conduct the intended research. CVs of PIs and Co-PIs and other key
researchers are to be included.

4.10.

Detailed budget requirement in terms of Activity type and in terms of timing for release for
funding is to be indicated

4.11.

Detailed Project Implementation time Schedule indicating activities in terms of time schedule

5. Supporting Documents to be submitted with the Full Proposal, signed and stamped by the Host/CoHost Institutions/Support Institutions:
1. That the PI is a permanent employ of the Host Institute and that the Co-PIs are permanent
employees of the Host and/or collaborating Institutes. Their detailed CVs are also to be submitted.
2. That the required human, Physical and infrastructures to conduct the research are available within
the possession of the Host and/or Collaborating Institutions, and/or another institution locally.
Each institute providing these supports has to justify of its support in writing, and approved by the
host institute.
3. That the Host institute has the required management and financial structure to administer the
research budget for the intended research period (up to a maximum of three years)
4. Support letter from an institute where the research output would be used, tested, piloted,
disseminated, or any government institution that would justify the applicability of the research
output.
6. Identified Thematic Areas for the different Sectors for this years Research Grant
To streamline the researches to be supported by the Treasury, it has been found necessary to streamline
researches in-line with the national priorities and GTP-2 focus areas. Accordingly, the Ministry of Science and
Technology has received the following Research Thematic Areas from different institutions and hence expects
research proposals in the stated Thematic Areas:
6.1.

Sector: Agriculture
Crop Research
6.1.1.
Emerging pest assessment and postulating early warning system (protecting
Agriculture)
6.1.2.
Marker assisting breeding (maize, wheat, chickpea, lowland pulse, tef)
6.1.3.
Cropping system and modeling
6.1.4.
Postharvest crop management study
6.1.5.
Crop physiology/bio systems/

Livestock Research
6.1.6.
Availing Appropriate technologies for disease prevention and control such as
improved herd management, vaccine development and effective drug use
6.1.7.
Genetic improvement of selected livestock species including dairy and poultry through
fast and modern techniques including biotechnology
6.1.8.
Increase availability and supply of quality feed for both ruminant and mono-gastric
animals and efficient utilization targeting market oriented livestock production
6.1.9.
Designing efficient livestock and animal product marketing
6.1.10.
Livestock product processing technologies and food safety of animal origin products

Natural Resources Research


6.1.11.
Evaluation and validation of different irrigation methods for crop and forage
production in pastoral and agro-pastoral areas of the country
6.1.12.
Soil salinity management and reclamation in the major irrigated areas of the country
6.1.13.
Determination of nutrient requirements for major legumes crops in Ethiopia
6.1.14.
Effect of long term mono-cropping of cereals on soil fertility, carbon dynamics and
crop productivity
6.2.

Sector: Health
6.2.1.
Communicable diseases
6.2.2.
Non communicable diseases
6.2.3.
Traditional medicine
6.2.4.
Health information and delivery system
6.2.5.
Nutrition

6.3.

Sector: Information and Communication Technology


6.3.1.
National language processing
6.3.2.
Open source based information system plat forms
6.3.3.
Information system /technology solutions for socio economics and industrial
development

6.4.

Sector: Industry
Leather Industry
6.4.1.
Import substituting inputs and accessories development for leather and leather
products industry;
6.4.2.
Basic raw materials (hides, skins and non leather materials) diversification options for
leather and leather products;
6.4.3.
Basic raw materials, other inputs and products quality improvement options for leather
industry;
6.4.4.
Product upgrading, products diversification and technology innovation in leather
processing and leather products manufacturing techniques;
6.4.5.
Waste management, by-products utilization and sustainable development options in
leather industry;
6.4.6.
Technology transfer and relevant services outlet options enhancement through
physical accessibility, center development and tailored IT infrastructure.
Textile Industry
6.4.7.
Development of a more productive and insect and pest resistant genetically modified
cotton
6.4.8.
Design and fabrication of textile technologies (machine and equipment)
6.4.9.
Innovative product development in the areas of technical textiles, non- cotton
cellulosic fibers and Synthetic fibers
6.4.10.
A textile technology capacity of promoting green economy

Metals Industry
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Food, Beverage and Pharmaceuticals Industry


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Chemical and Construction Inputs Industry
6.4.11.
6.4.12.
6.4.13.
6.4.14.

Alternative energy source for cement Industry


Alternative product development for petrochemical Industry
Alternative row material in polymer technology
Advancement of production techniques for pulp and paper industry

Agro-Processing Industry

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6.5.

Sector: Construction and Transport


6.5.1.
Construction technologies and methods
6.5.2.
Construction input and materials
6.5.3.
Reconstruction, housing and infrastructure
6.5.4.
Standards in the construction industry
6.5.5.
Construction projects planning and management
6.5.6.
Green housing projects and environment

6.6.

Sector: Energy
6.6.1.
Bio fuel
6.6.2.
Hydro electricity
6.6.3.
Solar
6.6.4.
Wind
6.6.5.
Hybrid
6.6.6.
Geothermal
6.6.7.
Technology, modification, innovation, inventions solve a significant problems.

6.7.

Sector: Mining
6.7.1.
6.7.2.
6.7.3.

6.8.

Mining of mineral resources (metallic, industrial, coal, precious and semi-precious),


exploration, development, extraction, beneficiation, and refining
Development of hydro carbon (oil and natural gas )
Surface and ground water interaction

Sector: Water and Irrigation


Water Supply and Sanitation
6.8.1.
Alternative water supply sources
6.8.2.
Waste disposal and treatment mechanism
6.8.3.
Access to potable water to rural settings
6.8.4.
Urban drainage management
Irrigation and Drainage
6.8.5.
Service oriented management of irrigation projects
6.8.6.
Waste water recycling and management
6.8.7.
Performance evaluation of irrigation projects
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6.8.8.
6.8.9.

Standards in system design and hydraulic structures


Irrigation drainage management

Water Resource and Basin Management


6.8.10.
Water shade prioritization and management intervention
6.8.11.
Reservoir water allocation and conflict resolution
6.8.12.
Flood protection and management
6.8.13.
Sedimentation and dam sustainability
6.8.14.
Climate change and water

6.9.

Sector: Biodiversity
6.9.1.
Selection and promotion of indigenous animals
6.9.2.
Conservation
6.9.3.
Diversity o0f ecosystems and species

6.10.

Environment
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