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About the Sponsors (NSE) The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) is the umbrella organization for the Engineering Profession in Nigeria. The Society looks after the professional needs of members through well structured programmes and regular interactions among the different cadre of membership, enhancing high professional standard and ethical practices. The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) 2015 ... Continue Reading

About the Sponsors (NSE)

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) is the umbrella organization for the Engineering Profession in Nigeria. The Society looks after the professional needs of members through well structured programmes and regular interactions among the different cadre of membership, enhancing high professional standard and ethical practices.

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) 2015 National Engineering Innovation Prize application is currently ongoing and applications are invited from eligible and interested candidates. The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) is delighted to announce the call for the 2015 National Engineering Innovation Prize (NEIP) applications.

The NEIP honours and encourages innovative ideas and inventions in technology and engineering careers as well as business opportunities with potential of contributing to sustainable development in Nigeria.

The NEIP recognizes innovative breakthroughs that unlock new potentials in the following four priority areas. The award is not restricted to these areas therefore if there are innovations in a different thematic area applications can still be submitted for entry.

NEIP PRIORITY AREAS

The NEIP recognizes innovative breakthroughs that unlock new potentials in the following four priority areas. The award is not restricted to these areas therefore if there are innovations in a different thematic area applications can still be submitted for entry.

Agriculture and Environment:
Innovations that have demonstrated a lead in both agriculture and environment, particularly, value added at specific points of the agricultural value-chain. It is about providing new ways to ensure a food-secure future. The innovation could be about commercial and market-oriented farming as well as small-scale and subsistence farming.

Transportation, Energy, Water and Housing:
Innovations that have demonstrated a lead in developing or applying cost-effective, smart renewable energy generation processes, cleaner water supply systems, effective transport systems etc. It is about the way we adapt to climate challenges and steward our natural resources to impact the inheritance we leave to the future generations of Nigerians.

Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs):
Innovative ICTs applications that have demonstrated their potential in addressing key development challenges in African societies (e.g. in communities) or economy, including: software, mobile/wireless technologies and local language software. It is about developing new solutions that address everyday challenges that help Nigerians live and work more effectively.

Manufacturing and Service Industry:
Innovations that have demonstrated a lead in addressing the key pillars of innovation in production technology/industry: created high added-value, greener, more customer -focused and/or high quality products; manufacturing more with less input materials, using lowest energy and creating fewest or zero waste. It is about helping people across the continent literally build better lives.

HOW TO APPLY 

Applications are registered via (www.nse.org.ng/neip-apply-now).  You should consider submitting your application if you are a Nigerian student, entrepreneur, corporate entity, academic and research institution with an innovation that could potentially provide a solution to some of the everyday challenges.

Below are specific guidelines on who can apply and how to apply:

i. Eligible innovations MUST be by Nigerians. Nigerians in the Diaspora can also apply if their innovations are of significance to Nigeria.
ii. An application with a full description of the innovation must be sequentially explained with pictorial representation using PowerPoint.
iii. The innovation description should clearly illustrate the social and/or economic outcome and impact with regard to Africa development and the priority area chosen, and should be in line with the NEIP assessment and selection criteria.
iv. Application and description of the innovation should be in English.

Applicants have the option to attach a letter of support/endorsement from an institution or an authority with knowledge of their innovation. This will serve as a testimony of how important the innovation is in addressing development challenges faced by Nigerians. There is no application fee.

PRIZE MONEY

The 2015 NEIP will consist of three Prize categories, awarded on three separate levels for each category.

They are:
1. Schools (Institutions of learning and research).
2. Individuals: These are self-sponsored and independent of any organisation.
3. Corporate organisations and industry giants.

Levels of award in each category are;

(A) First Prize (N20M): This prize will be awarded to the innovator with the overall best innovation that meets all the above-mentioned NEIP criteria and has a clear business potential.

(B) Second Prize (N10M): This prize will be given to the selected innovator with a commercially-driven innovation. In addition to the aforementioned criteria, this category of award will be carefully assessed on its marketability potential and will be awarded to the innovation with the best commercial/business potential.

(C) Third Prize (N5M): This category of award will be assessed carefully on its particular social impact in the community/country and will be awarded to the innovation with the best social impact.

In arriving at an assessment of the application, the Selection Panel will evaluate a submitted innovation against the following five criteria:

1) Originality: The uniqueness of the product and its superiority in comparison with similar or alternative products in the market;
2) Marketability: The extent to which the innovation sufficiently addresses the problem it seeks to solve at a price or model that is accessible to the target market;
3) Scalability: The extent to which the innovation can be easily applied to other similar markets beyond the applicant’s immediate or local environment;
4) Social impact: The ability of the innovation to create or effect positive or desirable changes within the target community and beyond;
5) Scientific/technical aspects: For tangible technical/scientific products; this refers to the extent to which the technical/scientific specifications of the innovation are grounded on established science and sufficiently address any anticipated product risks.

CLOSING DATE

This Year application will close by Friday, 31st July, 2015.

More About the NSE

The Organisation was Founded on 16th February, 1958 major challenge by a group of young Nigerian graduate engineers and students in the UK, the Society was inaugurated at the Nigerian House in London. The NSE is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a company Limited by guarantee.
It was incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital in 1967. The original Memorandum and Articles of Association were amended on 1st December 1998. Like some of its counterparts in other professions, the Society has distinguished itself through progressive and imaginative programmes to become the avenue for the professional development of its members as well as technological development of the country.

VISION:

The Nigerian Society of Engineers shall be one of the very best Engineering Professional bodies in the World

MISSION:

    • The Nigerian Society of Engineers is dedicated to providing quality service aimed at enhancing professional competence and development of its members at all times
    • The Nigerian Society of engineers is committed to focus collaboration with, influencing and providing quality advice to the various arms of Government, Industry, Commerce, academia and the Society at large, for the purpose of uplifting the country as a whole.
    • The Nigerian Society of Engineers shall make meaningful contributions to the advancement of technology worldwide.

OBJECTIVES OF THE SOCIETY

The objective of the Society is to promote the advancement of engineering education, research, and practice in all its ramifications. Naturally, this is with a view to maintaining and enhancing the professional capabilities of its members so as to better equip them to fulfill the needs of the profession for the good of the public and the nation of large.

The objects for which the Society is established are:

    • To provide a central organisation for engineers in Nigeria and to generally to such things as may for time to time be necessary to maintain a strict standard or professional ethics among its members and to advance the interest of the engineering profession in Nigeria.
    • To promote, protect, encourage and maintain a high standard of engineering study and practice and to encourage greater efficiency therein.
    • To present to the Government of Nigeria the views of the Society on any subject of concern or interest to engineers in Nigeria and if considered advisable to join with any other bodies in submitting such representation.
    • To represent to any other individual or bodies or organisation the views of the society on any subject of concern or interest to engineers in Nigeria or any appropriate subject on which the views of the Society may be invited.
    • To provide a body to which the Government or other official or unofficial authority or organisation in Nigeria can have recourse for advice, assistance or the expression of views on any subjects of concern or interest to engineers in Nigeria.
    • To facilitate the development and acquisition of technology by conducting visits to places of engineering interest, reading technical papers, holding meetings, conferences, publishing books journals and periodicals on engineering matters.
    • To subscribe or guarantee or otherwise use monies of the Society for charitable or benevolent objects or scholarships on bursaries or for any exhibitions for any public general or useful objects.
    • To provide for the training and examination of students in engineering as well as the continuing professional update and development of its members.
    • To nominate any member of members as arbitrators, panelists, investigators, auditors expert witnesses or specialist advisers, when called upon to do so.
    • To assist necessitous members and any of the dependent kindred of deceased members including the widows and widowers of members and to appoint treasurer and distributor of any benevolent fund or funds which may be contributed by members or others for these purposes or any of the them and subject to the provisions of paragraph four (prohibiting payments being made to members), to make any contributions out of the surplus assets or income of the Society from time to time to any benevolent fund or funds.
    • To purchase, hold, lease, let, mortgage, sell, improve, or otherwise acquire and dispose of any movable or immovable property and any rights or privileges, which may be necessary or convenient for the advancement of any of the objects of the Society.
    • To invest and deal with the monies of the Society not immediately required in any manner.
    • To borrow money where necessary to promote any of the objects set out herein upon such securities as may be determined.
    • To apply or petition for any legislation, parliamentary or otherwise that would further any of the objects of the Societies.
    • To do all or any such Lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the object and generally to further the profession of engineering in Nigeria as well as enhance the status of engineers in Nigeria. Provided that the Society shall not support with its funds and objects nor endeavour to impose on or procure to be observed by its members or others any regulation, restriction or condition which if an object of the Society would make it a trade union.
    • To maintain and enhance links with national, international and multinational organizations and bodies to promote any of the objects of the Society.
    • To collaborate with Industry, Commence, Academia, and other such national bodies as may be necessary or convenient for the advancement of any of the objects of the Society.
    • To promote and enforce a high standard of performance and professional ethics among its members.
    • To promote and enforce a high standard of performance and professional ethics among its members.
    • To watch over, promote, and protect the mutual interests of its members and to give advice to members.

LIAISON WITH GOVERNMENT

The Society liaises with Government on the NSE matters affecting the engineering progression on the Boards of some government bodies and organisations.

LIAISON WITH THE COUNCIL FOR THE REGULATION OF ENGINEERING IN NIGERIA, (COREN)
The Society is represented on COREN and arranges registration interviews for COREN. It maintains close relations with the body on all issues relating to the Engineering Profession. These include Engineering Regulation Monitoring (ERM), Mandatory Continuing Professional Development, (MCPD), and remuneration for Engineers.

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