South Africa
circular economy

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is pleased to announce an Open Call for Proposals for Circular Economy Demonstration Projects commencing in January 2024. 

The South African Circular Economy Demonstration Fund, is an initiative of the Government of South Africa, implemented through Circular Innovation South Africa. The Fund is aimed at demonstrating proven circular economy interventions (e.g., technologies, innovative process improvements, social innovations) that have not yet achieved scale or impact in South Africa. 

Research themes

The Circular Economy Demonstration Fund aims to directly support projects aligned with one or more of the circular economy principles

  • Design out waste and pollution
  • Keep materials in use  
  • Regenerate natural systems  Applicants may consider demonstration projects in any of the following sectors
  •  Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Manufacturing
  • Human settlements
  • Mobility 

Including cross-cutting interventions energy and water. 

Click here to download the proposal template. 

Click here to submit the proposal

Full description

Eligibility criteria  

Eligible institutions  

Only researchers employed by South African Universities, Science Councils and other public research institutions, working in relevant disciplines, are invited to submit proposals for the Circular Economy Demonstration Fund. The CSIR, who will manage the fund on behalf of the DSI, will contract directly with the successful University or Science Council, who will be responsible for managing relationships with the implementation partner(s) to ensure that the objectives of the project are met.  

Businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), other private sector organizations are not eligible to apply directly to the Demonstration Fund. Any of the above-mentioned organizations wishing to demonstrate a circular intervention must partner with an appropriate University or Science Council.  

Only one proposal per lead applicant (Principal Investigator), will be accepted. A lead institution (University or Science Council), may submit more than one proposal for consideration. 

Closing date
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
​Mining and quarrying
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities