Mission and Objective
IDEA Award Board
The IDESA Award Board has 6 eminent members including a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson who are appointed by the State President in their individual capacity. The members are drawn from science and technology (S&T) related institutions, academic institutions, business sector and government.
The main function of the Board is to give policy advice and direction to the Host Institution and to consider recommendations from the Award Selection Committee. In addition, the Board is responsible for approving names of winners in the competition. The Board also determines the suitable monetary cash prize for successful innovations / entrepreneurship.
Award Selection Committee
The Award Selection Committee is the technical arm of the Board. Its members are appointed by the State President in their individual capacity based on expertise in S&T related issues and experience in award schemes. The members come from governmental organizations, academia and the private sector. In its undertakings, the committee is free to co-opt expertise from outside its membership.
The main function of the Award Selection Committee is to evaluate applications and recommend winners to the Award Board. Apart from holding evaluation meetings, the committee undertakes field evaluations.
The National Research Council of Malawi is the Host Institution of the IDESA Malawi Award Scheme. The Council is responsible for the day to day management of the Project. The head of the host institution also serves as Secretary to the Award Selection Committee and Award Board, and acts as contact person for IDEA Sweden.
Panel of Judges
A Panel of three Judges, chosen by the Selection Committee, will assess and produce a score on each application at each stage. Of these, two shall be members of the IDESA Award Selection Committee while one will be an independent judge selected by the Selection Committee from outside the committee based on expertise and experience. A different set of Judges shall be used at each assessment or short listing stage and each Judge shall be given an ID number. The judges will operate independently and report only to the Selection Committee through the Chairperson.
Application Procedure and Assessment of Entries
Following an advert, applications and nominations for the award will be made according to the guidelines and application forms of the IDESA Malawi Award Scheme. In order to guide the selection process, the applicant is required to provide enough details of the innovation. Entries shall be assessed in three stages:
The Secretariat shall advertise the IDESA Award Scheme inviting nominations. Project supervisors and heads of departments/groups/institutions knowledgeable of an outstanding innovation shall submit to the National Research Council of Malawi a project or innovation brief of not more than one page indicating title, objectives, activities and impact of the innovation. The project briefs shall be reviewed by a Panel of Judges to come up with a short list.
The National Research Council of Malawi shall send IDESA Award application Forms to those short listed in the first stage. Completed forms outlining bio-data and contact details of the applicant, description of the innovation, and information on development of the innovation shall be returned to National Research Council of Malawi. The entries shall be reviewed by a Panel of Judges to identify outstanding ones.
The Selection Committee shall convene to review recommendations of the Panel of Judges and then undertake field visits to ascertain authenticity and technical soundness of the entries. Finally, the Committee through the Secretariat shall recommend to the Board the entries for which the IDESA Award may be conferred. The Board shall decide how much prize money to give for each successful entry.
In reviewing the entries, the Panel of Judges shall consider the following criteria:
Use the following formula to compute your final score:
TOTAL = SUM OF ALL SCORES =
Signature: __________________________ Date: ________________
Winners will receive the awards at a ceremony to be attended by members of the Awards Board, Award Selection Committee, Scientific Community, Government Officials, representatives of IDEA Sweden, Donor Community, and the General Public.
Feedback to Applicants
After presentation of the awards, the applicants will receive copies of their assessment sheets which will not bear the names of the Judges. These will be sent to them with a covering letter from the Secretariat of IDESA Malawi Award Scheme not later than three months after the awards have been conferred for that year. It is intended that the feedback should be natural and factual. The feedback should be written and sent to encourage and stimulate the recipients to progress further in their endeavors as well as to show that they were treated fairly in the assessment exercise.
Deadline for Submission of Applications: 15th July Each Year