Technology Innovation Agency South Africa
Grassroots Innovation
Inclusive Innovation

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. 

Fundable Activities

  • Development and production of fully functional prototypes of product innovations responding to social challenges
  • Skills training and business development incubation and mentorship
  • Specialised equipment that is within the budget constraints and required to enable innovation activities
  • Introduction of a proof of concept where a viable business case can be demonstrated
  • Registration of new enterprises or attaining compliance of already registered enterprises
  • Registration of intellectual property rights, copyright and trademark protection and licensing
  • Personal and travelling stipend to the innovators in support of the development of their innovation

Support Package On Offer 

  • Intellectual Property Registration
  • Industry compliance and certification
  • Product and technical development expertise, design prototyping infrastructure and hard/software materials
  • Production of a prototype
  • Business development training and support
  • Networking, mentorship and market access activities

Join a briefing session on 4 March 2024 at 10:00. Click here to join the meeting

Click here to submit an application. 

Closing date
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
​Mining and quarrying
​Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
​Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
​Transportation and storage
Accommodation and food service activities
​Information and communication
Financial and insurance activities
​Real estate activities
Human health and social work activities
​Arts, entertainment and recreation

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