Currently no international grants.




Call For Proposals: Grassroots Innovation Programme

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is calling for applications from grassroots innovators looking for funding, technical assistance and support for developing a new product or process up to prototype and proof of concept stage.

Fundable Activities
• Development and production of fully functional prototypes of product innovations responding to social challenges
• Skills training and business development incubation and mentorship
• Specialised equipment that is within the budget constraints and required to enable innovation activities
• Introduction of a proof of concept where a viable business case can be demonstrated
• Registration of new enterprises or attaining compliance of already registered enterprises
• Registration of intellectual property rights, copyright and trademark protection and licensing
• Personal and travelling stipend to the innovators in support of the development of their innovation

Closing date: 31 March 2023 before 17h00.

Apply here

For any queries, please contact:

Dr. Mesuli Mbanjwa.

Tel: 018-299 4902





The TIA Technology Development Fund provides funding to advance technologies from proof of concept to technology demonstration.
The purpose of the Fund is to support the development of technologies from proof of concept leading to product prototype and ultimately demonstration thereof in an operating environment. 
Calling on all NWU Researchers and Innovators!
The NWU Technology Transfer and Innovation Support (TTIS) office invites all NWU researchers and innovators to submit applications for consideration to receive funding under the NWU/TIA Seed Fund
Programme for the project year 2022/23.
The programme is financially supported by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and administered by the NWU TTIS office.
All applications must be received by the TTIS office on the supplied email address: on or before 27 October 2022, 5pm.


No current competitions.



The main purpose of the Fund is to enable innovators to evaluate, demonstrate and advance the value proposition and commercial potential of their research outputs.
The Fund also assists Higher Education Institutions and Small Micro Medium Enterprises in bridging financing requirements to translate research outputs into fundable ideas for commercialisation. 
All applications should go through the TTIS office.
For any TIA (Technology Innovation Agency) Seed fund queries, please contact: 
Tel: 018-299 4902
NWU Pre-Seed Fund.

The Technology Transfer and Innovation Support Office established a pre-seed fund in a co-funding partnership model with the SA SME Fund, a collaboration between government, labour and business. The pre-seed fund provides grants of up to R500 000 for qualifying early-stage technology development projects and complements the Technology Innovation Agency’s Seed Fund programme. As traditional sources of funding for technology transfer were either frozen or reallocated, the Technology Transfer and Innovation Support team concentrate their efforts on building new funding relationships and channels to external funding.

The SA SME Fund invests in funds that support and develop entrepreneurs.

For any Pre-Seed fund queries, please contact:

Dr. Mesuli Mbanjwa.

Tel: 018-299 4902