South Africa

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is inviting SAMRC-funded projects to apply for Technical Support funding to access specialist expertise required to progress their technologies/innovations along the product development value chain.

The SAMRC, through its Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)-funded Medical Device and Diagnostic Innovation Cluster Program (MeDDIC), has recently established the “Medical Device and Diagnostics Technical Support Platform”. As part of a pilot phase, the SAMRC’s Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) and MeDDIC are seeking to support medical devices and diagnostics projects funded by the SAMRC towards commercialization by providing access to technical / advisory support that will address key gaps to move their technologies towards market entry.                          



Projects previously or currently funded by the SAMRC involving mid- to late-stage product development of medical devices and diagnostics that address local and global health priorities are eligible to apply. This includes, for example, projects funded under the following SAMRC grant programmes:

  • Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (SHIP)
  • Grand Challenges South Africa
  • SAMRC- TIA Seed Fund
  • SAMRC-TIA Medical Devices and Diagnostics Seed Fund (MeDDIC)
  • Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA)
  • SAMRC-Newton Fund Programmes

Projects must be directly addressing a clear market need and must have at least achieved proof of concept (validated first prototype). The support is not for early discovery or research.



The anticipated funding for Technical Support is between R20,000 and R250,000 with a maximum of R300,000 (excluding VAT).


How to apply:

To apply complete and submit the application form . The completed application form with relevant supporting documents must be emailed to .



MeDDIC Request for application_Medical Devices and Diagnostics Technical Support (Full RFA document) and Application Form. 


Key Dates:

Application Submission Closing date:  13 March 2024; 18h00 (SAST)

Review of Applications: March/April 2024

Notification of Awards: April/May 2024


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