South Africa
Publicly Funded
Research and development
Grant Funding

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) invites applicants with technology solutions that have been publicly funded at a later stage of the innovation value chain based on Technology Readiness Level (TRL) progression that seeks piloting at TRL 6-7 or/and market entry at TRL8.

The call is targeted all TIA focus areas (Health, Agri-biotech, Indigenous Knowledge systems, Industrial biotech, Natural resources, Energy, ICT, Advanced Manufacturing). However, priority will be given to applications in alignment with nine priorities of the Decadal Plan (including, circular economy, education for the future, sustainable energy, future of society, health innovation, high-tech industrialization, information, and communication technologies (ICTs) and smart systems, nutrition security, water security).

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Full description

The Innovation Fund was established by the Department of Science and Innovation to enhance SA’s capacity to commercialise technological innovations. The objectives of the Innovation Fund are to serve as an opportunity to de-risk investments through technology development and demonstration and to serve as a catalyst for co-investment and follow-on investment from industry and private sector sources (commercial funding). TIA is one of the implementing partners alongside the other entities involved in investment and corporation alike. This public–private funding instrument aims to facilitate and accelerate commercialisation.


  • Publicly funded Intellectual Property and or technologies that have reached TRL 6 or above with validated technologies and require follow on funding for further technology development towards commercialization.
  • Previously TIA-funded or supported projects, applicants should have completed their activities with a signed closeout report submitted by the last date of the closing of this call.
  • For Seed Funded projects, applications should be made by the TIA contracted Seed Fund implementation partners.
Closing date
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
​Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
​Information and communication
Human health and social work activities

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