Council for Scientific and Industrial Research South Africa
Capacity building

The CSIR is calling for an Expression of Interest for the Energy Industry Support Programme (EISP). EISP is a CSIR initiative aimed at providing technology development support to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the broader energy sector value chain. The programme aims to support SMMEs that want to participate (or are already participating) in the energy sector, as well as fills the skills gaps in the labour market for the emerging energy industry. The programme encourages innovation and helps empower innovators with the skills required to contribute to the development of the energy sector and the economy more broadly.

SMMEs interested to participate in the programme are invited to apply for the following initiatives:

  1. SMME capacity building comprises a one-week training course during which SMMEs are empowered with technical knowledge relating to the energy technologies envisaged to emerge from the energy transition in the country. Favourable considerations are given to women and disabled persons.
  2. Technical incubation services for SMMEs embedded in the energy sector already offered by the CSIR. This programme will prioritise SMMEs that are beyond start-ups, already offer products and services in the energy space and are struggling with technical expertise in the renewable energy domain.

Click here to apply for SMME Capacity Building

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Full description

The programme is aligned with the CSIR mandate, which aims to improve the quality of life of South Africans through multidisciplinary research and technological innovation that stimulate localisation and industrial development.

The cost of hosting these interventions is covered by a partnership between the CSIR and the Energy and Water Sector Education Training Authority (EWSETA). The only costs envisaged for the applicant, are those relating to data, travel and accommodation.

Closing date
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
​Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Renewable Energy