Technology Innovation Agency South Africa

The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF) programme supports talented entrepreneurs to transform their engineering and scientific innovations into disruptive businesses. TLIF support P-rich innovations from all areas of engineering and technology that can solve the world’s most complex environmental, economic and social challenges. The programme is aimed at technologists who are about to develop, or are in the process of developing, a business proposition for their innovation. 

The Programme Offers; 

  • Smart, flexible training, designed around the needs of our innovators; 
  • Tailored mentoring from highly accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders;
  • A network of peers in the UK and internationally, and; 
  • Ongoing support from the Academy’s global network and unique convening ability.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be a citizen or resident of Colombia, Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa, the Philippines, Turkiye, India or Jordan.
  • The innovation must be at technology readiness level 4 (TRL 4) or above. Evidence of a prototype must be provided in the application. To learn more about technology readiness levels, please see the link below: 
  • The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology or service, based on research in engineering defined in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of fields, including –but not limited to; 
    • agricultural technology
    • biotechnology
    • chemical engineering
    • civil engineering
    • computer science
    • design engineering
    • electrical and electronic engineering
    • materials science
    • mechanical engineering
    • medical engineering.
  • Candidates must be the original innovator and own shares in the company created
  • The innovation should have the potential to benefit the applicant’s country, and/or other countries, in terms of improving social welfare and driving economic development, and they should contribute one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The primary application of the innovation must NOT be in the defence, military, or fossil fuel-based energy sectors.
  • LIF alumni can't apply to LIF Global 2024. They can, however, apply to LIF Advance.
  • Candidates can’t apply with an innovation/business that has been supported by LIF before (LIF 1 to 7, LIF Global 2022 or LIF Global 2023). LIF Global supports businesses only once.
  • Co-founders can’t both apply to LIF Global 2024 with the same business or technology
  • Applicants must be able to commit to LIF Global for a minimum of 4 hours during onboarding (13 and 14 December), and at least 20 days for training and mentoring
    between January and July, including 4 days of in-person training in their country (travel excluded) and 14 days for the UK Residential in July. This implies being able to secure permission from all relevant employers to attend the programme if selected.


Closing date
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
​Mining and quarrying
​Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
​Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
​Transportation and storage
Accommodation and food service activities
​Information and communication
Financial and insurance activities
​Real estate activities
Professional, scientific and technical activities
Administrative and support service activities
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
Human health and social work activities
​Arts, entertainment and recreation
​Other service activities (including membership organisation activities and personal services)
Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated goods-and-service-producing activities of households for own use
​Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies, not economically active people, unemployed people etc.
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