Technology Innovation Agency South Africa
Indigenous knowledge
Health Infusions and Nutraceuticals

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) in partnership with the Chemistry Incubator (CHEMIN) would like to invite SMMEs and co-operatives in the Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) sector to submit Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for the development and commercialisation of IKS-based innovations. This call is targeted at bio-based based innovations in the areas of Health Infusions, Cosmeceuticals, Nutraceuticals and African Traditional Medicine (human and veterinary health). The said IK-based innovations must be developed from indigenous biodiversity or extracts thereof, and such development be informed, inspired, or based on IKS.

EoI Parameters:

  • Funding type -  Conditional Grant
  • Funding Limit - R 1 000 000
  • Technology Readiness Level (TRL)/Stage of Development -  3 - 8 
  • Focus Areas -  Cosmeceuticals, African Traditional Medicines (both human and veterinary health), Health Infusions and Nutraceuticals
  • Funding Period Guideline -  Maximum 12 – 18 months


Chemin will provide the following:

  • Infrastructure and skilled human resource support (such as scientists, technologists, process engineers, etc.)
  • Technical incubation support
  • Analytical support, shelf life, nutritional studies, experts in medicinal chemistry and quality control
  • Bio-based product development, formulation and labelling or packaging
  • Business and marketing entrepreneurship
  • Mentoring and training in processing and manufacturing
  • Liaise with other organisations to build and expand the network of the SMME, and
  • Facilitation of the acquisition of permits and licenses for successful applicants.

Click here to download the application form. 

Closing date
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Beauty and Cosmetics

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