1. Background
    Mzuzu University was established in 1997 by Chapter 30:09 of the Laws of Malawi as a public
    institution of higher learning and research. The objects of the University are to advance knowledge
    and to promote wisdom and understanding by engaging in teaching, research, and training. The
    Vision of the University is to be a premier provider of tertiary education, research, and outreach in
    Malawi and the World. The Mission is to provide high quality education, training, research, and
    complementary services in Malawi and the World.
    Higher Education Institutions (HEI) are expected to play a key role in promoting innovation,
    entrepreneurship and structural change. The economic importance of intensive knowledge activities,
    the demand to contribute more to innovation and economic and societal change are some of the key
    reasons why universities are expected to deliver more and better on research. In line with MZUNI
    2021-2030 Strategic Plan Pillar 3 (Research and Innovation), the University is geared towards
    generating new knowledge and innovations needed for economic development of Malawi in line
    with Malawi 2063, MIP-1, NESIP 2030, SDGs and AU 2063 by 2030. Furthermore, the University
    is geared towards promoting Intellectual Property, Spin-outs and Commercialization of research and
    innovation products by 2030.
  2. Mzuzu University Research and Publication Committee funding
    Mzuzu University through the Research Directorate has budgeted funds in the 2024/25 financial year
    to provide small grants to early career researchers as part of professional development and
    increasing research undertaking by staff. The small grants are administered by MZUNI Research and
    Publication Committee (RPC). Up to MK3, 000,000.00 (Three million Malawi Kwacha) is granted
    per successful proposal per financial year. As provided for in the Research Policy, the RPC has the
    mandate to review and recommend proposals for internal research funding, monitor and evaluate
    research activities at MZUNI. The RPC invites applications from interested researchers for small
    grants award, thereof.
  3. Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must be members of staff of Mzuzu University
  • The Principal Investigator must be an early career researcher (Lecturer or
    S e n i o r Lecturer or equivalent).
  • Individual proposals may be submitted, but multidisciplinary research proposals
    are strongly recommended.
  • Proposals must demonstrate mentorship models/designs with inclusion of a senior
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    researcher to provide mentorship.
  • Proposals must declare any partial funding sourced elsewhere for the proposed project
  1. Proposed format for the proposals
    Staff applying for the grants will be required to submit their innovative proposals which
    should not exceed 20 pages. Documents should be in Times New Roman, font size 12
    and line spacing of 1.5. The proposals should be prepared according to the following
    A. Abstract (less than one page)
    B: The Main Body of the Proposal / Protocol
    The main proposal / protocol should contain the following sections
  2. Introduction
    a. Background
    b. Problem statement
    c. Study objectives
    d. Research justification
  3. Literature review
  4. Methodology
  5. Study period
  6. Budget and budget justification
  7. Ethical consideration
  8. Plan for dissemination of the results
    5 Expected deliverables
    Each successful project is expected to deliver the following:
  • Produce and present at least one conference paper
  • Produce at least one publication in credible journals
  • Produce research progress reports at quarterly, biannually, and annual at
    completion of the study. These reports must reflect both technical and financial
    details pertaining to the research study and should be submitted to Research
  1. Criteria for proposal selection
    The selection shall be done by MZUNI RPC using the following criteria:
  • Socio-economic developmental impact of the proposal linked to national and
    global development agenda (MW 2063, MIP-1, NESIP 2030, SDGs, AU 2063)
  • Link to MZUNI 2021-2030 Strategic Plan, 2021-2026 Research Policy and 2021-
    2026 Research Agenda
  • Uniqueness and innovativeness of the proposed project.
  • Appropriateness and realistic nature of the budget.
  • Policy, commercial viability or industrial or social application of the project
  • Dissemination mechanisms.
  • Scientific and ethical merit
  • Mentorship model
  1. Submission of proposals
    Only electronic copies of proposals may be submitted. The technical and financial
    proposals should be submitted to the Research Directorate using All
    submissions must be received by 31
    st August, 2023. Successful applicants will be
    informed by 30
    st September, 2023.
  2. Monitoring and evaluation
    The RPC will undertake regular monitoring of the projects during implementation.

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