The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) are calling for the submission of funding applications for the extension of the Living Labs Pilot Programme. This is a call for “Virtual Living Labs” in marginalised communities of South Africa:
- Establishing a new Virtual Living Lab/ Replicating a successful Living Lab (for funding up to a maximum of R1m); and
- Expansion of an existing Living Lab through launching a “Virtual Innovation Support Programme” to support innovators with potential ideas to enhance the local economy while addressing challenges facing their communities and/or focused on supporting virtual co-creation with local stakeholders (i.e. local innovators, community users, researchers, etc.) particularly the youth (for funding of up to R1m).