By Juliet Umeh
In continuation of its efforts to promote innovative economy, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, is requesting proposals for telecommunications-based innovations and research from tertiary institutions in the country.
According to the Commission, the initiative tagged: Request for Proposal, RFP, seeks innovations that are practical, locally realizable and have clear potential of developing the telecommunications industry.
It said: “Pursuant to this objective, the Commission invites proposals from academics in tertiary institutions that have feasible research ideas, capable of replacing or enhancing foreign technologies in telecommunications in Nigeria.
“It is envisaged that the initiative will help build capacity in the tertiary institutions and promote Nigeria’s contribution to the pool of technologies in use in the communications industry,” it explained.
NCC stated that the areas of research must include: Innovative clean energy Technology, 5G deployment in Nigeria, IoT Low Power Wide Area Network, WAN, Technology, Advanced method of Quality of Service, QoS/Quality of Experience Management and test mechanism and Monitoring and localisation of drones.
It said the interested researchers are required to submit their proposals which must: Come from teaching Academics in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions; and have a one-page executive summary of the research proposal to include relevance of the research to the telecommunications industry, deliverables, novelty of concept, methodology, team experience, project timeline and detailed cost schedule.
The criteria for the evaluation of the research submissions include the following that the area must fall within the specified areas of research, adherence of proposal to stated requirements above, novelty of research proposal (comprehensive literature review to bring out clearly the novelty of the research), clear statement and explanation of the problem, proposed solution to the problem, proposed approach and methodology-seven year, each project including prototype development must be concluded within two years, the project cost should not exceed a maximum of N12, 000,000.00 only but the Commission reserves the right to review this maximum amount)
Also, Any academic with a yet to be completed research project with the Commission will not apply, total cost (including all costs) of the project must be clearly stated and broken down in detail, for which there can be no variation and proof of concept (feasibility of idea with diagram, algorithm among others.