Deadline: 8 February 2019
Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is seeking proposals for its Grassroots Innovation Programme which is a targeting grassroots innovators who require funding to develop and prototype their technology innovations up to pre-commercialisation.
A grassroots innovator is defined as “an individual who undertakes innovations to solve local challenges using local resources and capabilities through working outside the realm of formal innovation institutions”.
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The following is a list of fundable activities:
- Development & production of fully functional prototypes of product innovations that respond to social challenges;
- Operational & capacity building activities for innovators through product development, training and mentoring (acceleration);
- Specialised equipment that is within the budget constraints and required to enable Innovation activities;
- Introduction of a proof of concept where a viable business case can be demonstrated;
- Attaining compliance of already registered enterprises;
- Registration of intellectual property rights, copyright and trademark protection and licensing;
- Personal and travelling stipend to the innovators in support of the development of their Innovation.
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- Grant funding for the proposed innovation including:
- IP Support;
- Product and technical development expertise, design, infrastructure & hard/software materials, & manufacturing;
- Business development support;
- Networking, mentorship and market access activities;
- Industry compliance and certification.
- Incubation support for a minimum period of 12 months.
The following is a list of non-fundable activities:
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- Operational activities not related to innovation activities; Acquiring of licenses to replicate external innovations;
- Research projects;
- Research institutions and organisations;
- Student bursaries, research projects and extended periods of work. Students can be contracted to perform specific tasks that are only directly related to the project; and
- Infrastructure development.
- The programme is targeting South African citizens with preference to youth, women and persons with disabilities.
- Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
- The application must be at concept design/early proof of concept, that is pre-revenue, and with less than R100 000 In previous external Investment;
- The technology is novel and addresses market or social need;
- A working prototype and proof of concept Is technologically and financially viable and uses sustainable design and production methods and materials;
- A clear market need has been identified;
- Whether the Innovation addresses a real social challenge and is flexible to conditions (geography, locality, etc.); and
- Whether a vision for the commercialisation viability of the Innovation has been articulated.
How to Apply
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Applicants can submit their applications via email at the address given on the website.
Eligible Country: South Africa
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For more information, please visit https://www.tia.org.za/gip/