The South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), together with Egypt’s Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) hereby invite interested participants to submit applied research and innovation project proposals in the domain of Disruptive Technologies with a focus on real-world solutions in agriculture, water, renewable energy and health.
TIA and ASRT, signed a collaboration agreement that is intended to further enable the promotion of targeted market-oriented research cooperation and technology innovation partnerships between the two countries.
This Call for Proposals will follow a two-step process, wherein the first step entails the submission of a Concept Note, on the basis of a successful Concept Note partner institutions in SA and Egypt will then be invited to submit a full joint project proposal.
- The funding provided is considered as grant funding.
- Protected or protectable intellectual property (IP) is required;
- Project budgets are between R500 000/520 000LE (five hundred thousand) to a maximum of R1 million/1040000LE (one million Rand/One million forty thousand Egyptian pounds) per project in SA and Egypt respectively. (i.e. The combined total value of project funding, to be contributed in equal part by TIA and ASRT, is R2m/2 Million eighty thousand Egyptian pounds).
- TIA and/or ASRT receive first right of refusal to fund further development of the outputs of the project, where appropriate.
- The duration of the project will not exceed 24 months.
To be considered, and to qualify, for this Call, applicants / projects:
- Are developing a new disruptive technology in the fields of agriculture, water, renewable energy and/or health.
- The proposed technology product, process or service must be innovative, and there must be a technological risk involved. In addition, there must at least be a proof of concept in place (e.g. prototype).
- Willing to enter into a partnership agreement with a partner organisation in SA and Egypt.
- Preference will be given to proposals with high technological readiness level (TRL) and registered start-up in line with the relevant SA and Egyptian legislation.
- Clearly show and motivate potential for SA and Egyptian markets.
- Have a civilian purpose.
- Have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the cooperation between the participants, (e.g. joint tech dev opportunities, commercial leads, access to markets etc).
- A signed Partnership Agreement is mandatory before the actual start of the project. The Agreement will include the ownership and use of know-how and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) settlements.