All Applications to the National ICT Initiatives Program (NIISP) shall be required to satisfy the following cross-cutting requirements:
- All applications for consideration should have been submitted before 0000hrs (midnight) on the final date of call for submissions
- The Support to ICT Innovators shall be according to Service Delivery Sectors. Applicants should choose the Sector that most accurately describes the proposed innovation.
- Priority Sectors are Education, Health, Agriculture and Financial Services. However innovations/ applications for implementation in any other sector are also welcome.
- All Applications must be complete with required information and as specified on the online portal, presented in English and submitted through the online portal ONLY.
- Applications must supply full details as required in the application form, and comply with all rules to be eligible for the support.
- All applications must be based on problem statements that are existing in Uganda or by organisations based in Uganda.
- All applicants should be Ugandan Citizens in possession of National IDs.
- Applicants can either be individuals, groups (teams) or companies.
- Additional supporting documents or evidence may be requested during the selection process where deemed necessary.
- Applicants are required to provide documents to verify their identity and provide references, who may be contacted to validate information submitted in their submissions. Validation visits to verify information presented in the applications may be necessary.
- By participating in this Program, applicants declare that the submissions are a product of their own effort and intellect and indemnify Government of Uganda from any intellectual property or copyright infringements caused by their submissions.
- Where an innovation/application/product/service has been the result of collaboration amongst various parties, appropriate consent should be sought from the stakeholders and consideration should be made to submit an application as a joint application. In cases where a joint application is not made, proof of consent or declaration of the contribution of the collaborating partner(s) should be submitted along with the rest of the supporting documentation.
- Applicants may be required to participate in related publicity events. The Ministry may also use submitted information in publicity events. By participating in the NIISP, participants allow the Ministry and/or its agencies to use their identities or non-confidential information about their entries, in publicity initiatives.
- The Ministry reserves the right to alter the process at any stage, if deemed necessary, and /or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
- All information submitted will be treated professionally and with confidentiality.
- The applicants to be supported shall be selected by an independent NIISP Selection Committee and the Committee’s decisions shall be final.
SELECTION OF BENEFICIARIES
The Applications submitted online shall initially be subjected to a basic compliance check to ensure that they conform to the terms and conditions.
Applications that pass this stage shall then be assessed using the criteria below and successful applicants will then be selected by the NIISP Selection Committee.
- Service Delivery– What Significance, effectiveness and impact of this Innovation/ Application to Service Delivery? What is the importance of the innovation/ application? To what degree does it provide a solution to the problem it was intended to solve?
- Availability of Market – Sustainability and feasibility of the innovation/ application. How does the innovation optimally exploit the resources utilized in the production and consumption processes? What is its potential for successful implementation in the desired context/environment? What is the potential Market?
- Feasibility– The degree to which the innovation/ application can serve as a model or to which its components, concepts, principles, or insights could be transferable to other initiatives. Scalability and transferability of the innovation.
The NIISP Selection Committee may additionally utilise other supplementary and publically available information to inform their decision.
Shortlisted applicants shall be called upon to physically defend their applications before NIISP Selection Committee during the evaluation process, and may also have an opportunity to showcase their innovations at an exhibition prior to receiving the support.
The NIISP Selection Committee reserves the right to determine the type and magnitude of support extended to a particular application and to vary the amounts based on their analysis of the proposed project budget and the availability of funds.
The NIISP Selection Committee are not obligated to offer any should no application match the selection criteria. The Committee reserves the right to support a larger or smaller number of innovators.
The Committee may also apply additional geographic, thematic, gender, and other considerations as additional evaluation criteria.