Department of Trade Industry and Competition South Africa

The SPII Matching Scheme provides financial assistance in the form of a non-taxable, non-repayable grant of 50% of qualifying costs incurred in pre-competitive development activity associated with a specific project to a maximum of R5 million.


The scheme does not provide support to projects that are; more than 50% complete at the time of application, receiving funding from other government funds, projects of military nature, unless they have substantial commercial or civilian application, and projects where technology is licensed from a third party and the license agreement restricts the commercial application. Government funded institutions (e.g. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)) do not directly qualify for support but may participate as subcontractor(s).

Fund type

How to apply

To apply visit the dti website, and locate the financial assistance tab. All information including application forms and guidelines is provided for in each of the dti funding and/or incentives. Completed application forms with supporting documents must be submitted via email to

Project assessment criteria

Development should represent significant advance in technology, development and subsequent production must take place within South Africa, Intellectual Property to reside in South African registered company and participating businesses should be South African registered enterprises.