Innovation Bridge Portal South Africa

The Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) are launching the Water Seed Fund of up to R200,000 per project which will be made available for innovation-oriented projects conducted by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the water sector.

The objective of the WRC TIA Water Seed Fund is to support pre-seed and seed activities with the intention to develop innovations into next stage “investor fundable” opportunities. With this funding, the WRC and TIA intend to increase the rate of commercialisation of water-related intellectual property (IP) generated from South African research and development.

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Full description

The funding is provided to support projects run by HEIs and SMEs that seek to commercialise IP aligned to addressing South Africa’s water challenges. Proposals will be reviewed by a Steering Committee with representatives from the WRC, TIA, and industry stakeholders.

Key funding parameters:

  • Funding instrument - Conditional Grant 
  • Limit - Up to R 200 000
  • Focus area -  Water Technologies 
  • Funding period - Maximum 12 - 18 months

Closing date