Innovation Bridge Portal South Africa

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is inviting proposals from industry associations for a third phase of the Sector Innovation Funds (SIF), as part of a continued broader government effort to support industry competitiveness. New investment by the private sector in RDI is an essential prerequisite for the creation of a SIF.

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) established the Sector Innovation Fund (SIF) programme in the 2013/14 financial year to advance Industry Innovation Partnerships that contribute to increased competitiveness through RDI. The SIF programme is aimed at incentivizing increased private sector investment into RDI, and has supported industrial sectors that were willing to partner with government (through DSI) to support the industrys specific RDI needs in a co-funding arrangement. The SIF programme has successfully enabled effective co-funded RDI partnerships between government and the private sector in key strategic sectors of the economy that strengthened economic competitiveness.

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Call for Proposal 

Applications for funding support will be considered from industry associations or bodies, with

  • legal standing and
  • a formal tax clearance certificate issued from SARS, and
  • that represent the interests of a particular industrial sector or sub-sector.

It remains a key principle of the SIF programme that the industry association or body determines the needs for the RDI interventions required to enhance the specific sectors competitiveness. Applications for funding should be for industry-led initiatives to build and enhance economic competitiveness broadly, including transformation, diversification and enabling employment opportunities. The research outcomes should have sector- or industry-wide benefit, and not be limited to individual companies or entities.

Qualifying Criteria

The SIF funding may be used for the following:

  1. Government-private sector co-funded RDI activities;
  2. Feasibility or pilot studies to determine the key RDI needs of the specific sector or sub-sector;
  3. Start-up phases of RDI projects, including capacitation of key stakeholders and beneficiaries;
  4. Facilitating the transfer, demonstration, and testing of promising technologies and solutions to end-users;
  5. High-end skills development and research capacity building (including support for post-graduate students);
  6. Project management (subject to the conditions set out below) and monitoring and evaluation costs.

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