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Call for Proposals: Grassroots Innovation Programme Call 1 FY2023/24

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. A grassroots innovator is defined as “an individual who undertakes innovations to solve local challenges using local resources and capabilities through working outside the realm of formal innovation institution”.

Who can apply:

  • South African citizens of any age (ID copy required)
  • Individual (or representing a team) with an innovative solution that solves a clear social problem
  • Individuals must meet the criteria of a grassroots innovator
  • Have full ownership of the Intellectual Property and rights to the proposed solution
  • Applicants who do not have ready access to innovation development support, infrastructure, funding or training
  • Is willing to commit time to the programme activities for a maximum period of 24 months


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