Department of Trade Industry and Competition South Africa

The Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) is designed to promote technology development in South Africa’s industry, through the provision of financial assistance for the development of innovative products and/or processes. SPII is focused specifically on the development phase, which begins at the conclusion of basic research and ends at the point when a pre-production prototype has been produced.


  • Product Process Development Scheme – Provides financial assistance to small, very small and micro-enterprises and individuals in the form of a non-repayable grant. A percentage of ‘qualifying’ costs incurred in the pre-competitive development activities associated with a specific Maximum of R2m grant.
  • Matching Scheme – A percentage of ‘qualifying’ costs incurred in the development activities of a specified development project. Maximum of R5m grant.
  • The Partnership Scheme – The levy-based grant is based on a percentage of sales over a fixed number of years. The levy percentage and repayment period are established at the time of the grant. R 10 million (minimum contribution).
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General Criteria 

  • The major proportion of the development project (refer to 7.4.5) and subsequent manufacturing of the product must take place in South Africa. This applies to the production envisaged at the time of evaluation, as reflected in the sales projections included in the report to the SPII Adjudication Committee.
  • All Intellectual Property (IP) rights in terms of the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act, 2008 (Act No. 51 of 2008) (“the IP Act”), as amended from time to time shall, shall reside in a South African-registered company.
  • In the case of the SPII Product Process Development Scheme, IP rights, as defined in the IP Act, that have been developed as a result of a project supported by the SPII Product Process Development Scheme, must reside in a South African-registered company from the initiation of development activity until three years after the completion of the project. (the completion date is the date of payment of the final milestone).
  • Products developed with support from the SPII Product Process Development Scheme must, where applicable, comply with relevant national and international standards.
  • Only one application may be considered from any company at a time. Subsequent applications will only be considered on completion, cancellation or withdrawal of a project.
  • The applicant must submit a valid South African Revenue Service Tax Clearance Certificate at thetime of application and for each milestone payment request.
  • Only applications prepared by the applicant will be accepted for evaluation. No consultant or third party prepared application will be processed unless a formal declaration from the applicant is provided. Where applicable, an example of the application form completion will be provided by the SPII administrators.

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