Deadline: 31 August 2016
The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is currently inviting applications for its BioFISA II Programme Seed Grant with an aim to strengthen regional collaborative biosciences research and innovation activities in Southern Africa.
The purpose of this second Seed call is to assist technology innovators from SMMEs, science councils and higher education institutions to advance their outputs and ideas from proof of concept to the development of prototypes and business cases that could be commercialised at a later stage.
- Alternative sources of protein
- Post-Harvest Technologies – Novel food processing and preservation technologies that maintain the nutritional value of products
- Nutraceutical products (functional foods)from indigenous plants
- Food Safety tools, e.g. detection tools for aflatoxins
- Up to Rand 1 million can be provided by the SANBio/BioFISA II programme per project.
- The duration for projects shall not exceed 18months.
- Lead applicant: In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
- be a legally registered entity
- be established (with company or organisation registration documents) in any of the 12 SADC Member States (mentioned below)
- ensure that parties from at least two countries in the SANBio members states (listed above) are involved in a consortium for this grant application;
- ensure that the consortium has an integrated team composition that consists of the lead innovator, a business expert and other expertise needed in the project, e.g. engineers, ICT specialist (as per project requirements) as key team members.
- Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the project and must be a legally registered entity in a different country where SANBio operates to that of the lead applicant;
- International co-applicants can be included but they must be self-funded and in addition tothe collaborating SANBio member states;
- Costs incurred by the co-applicantsare eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant;
- Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant;
- Co-applicants must sign a consortium agreement with the lead applicant;
- If awarded the grant contract, the co-applicant(s) and lead applicant will become beneficiary(ies) in the project.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their Expression of Interest to the SANBio/BioFISA II Programme Unit using the form available on the given website
For more information, please visit SANBio BioFISA II Programme.