For NWU Researchers


Funding managed by TTIS

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 and 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:

Dr. Mesuli Mbanjwa.

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

Open funding calls

TIA Technology Development Fund.

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. 


What is Intellectual Property

Trade Secrets
Plant Breeders' Rights
Copyright Act, 98 of 1978
Designs Act, 195 of 1993
Patents Act, 57 of 1978
Plant Breeders Rights Act, 15 of 1976
Trade Marks Act, 194 of 1993

NWU Innovation Fellowship Programme

NWU Innovation Fellowship

The NWU Innovation Fellowship Programme is an initiative of the Technology Transfer and Innovation Support (TTIS) office, which provides an opportunity for early-career researchers and academics of North-West University (NWU) to enhance their innovation skills and business acumen whilst working on their own innovations or social impact solutions, which they are creators or co-creators of. The programme further enables the Innovation Fellows to accelerate the commercial readiness or impact implementation readiness of the innovations or social impact solutions that have developed.

The Fellowship will provide financial resources and non-financial support to the Innovation Fellows so that they can personally and directly work on commercialisation tasks for their projects.

The main goal of the Innovation Fellowship is to bolster innovative thinking and to build a new cohort of NWU researchers and innovators that is focused on developing solutions with a broad societal impact or market relevance.

Call Closed

For any queries, please contact:

Dr. Mesuli Mbanjwa.

Tel: 018-299 4902