Support to Innovators

This will be awarded to enhance the innovation capacity and output of individuals or micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It will also facilitate potential exploratory work in early stages of pioneering applications of ICTs that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches or ideas which translate into a new ICT product, process or service.

The following eligibility criteria shall be used:

  • Applicants must be individuals that are Ugandan citizens or SMEs incorporated in Uganda.
  • Must have an objective to grow and generate profits through the development and commercialization of innovative, technology-driven new or improved products, services, or processes in Uganda.
  • The applicant must undertake at least 50% of total project costs.
  • The project duration should be not more than 3 years.
  • Market introduction of the project output is foreseen within 2 years after project end.


Applications shall be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The project seeks to develop a new product, process or new services around ICTs that surpass existing products, processes or services in terms of their functions, parameters or features.
  • The competitiveness of the applicant will be permanently raised, new markets will be opened, and jobs will be created or safeguarded.
  • Applicant possesses the necessary qualifications and competences or has suitably qualified scientific and technical personnel or is sourcing temporary employment of staff from research establishments to undertake the project.

Terms of Funding
The grant shall cover costs for research, including field studies and related expenses.

The maximum funding to an applicant in this stream shall be capped initially at USD 10,000 and shall be provided for only one year.