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Innovation Office

The major funder of late stage Research and Development projects is the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). TIA was formed in 2010 from an amalgamation of the Innovation Fund, the Biotechnology Regional Innovation centres and the Tshumisano Trust. TIA funds projects based on creative new technology ideas for either new or improved products, processes or services or on existing technology ideas that can be further improved and exploited. They also fund the development of infrastructure and capacity building. The stage of development of the idea is after basic research and before production. The project must be commercially viable. The Fund grants up to R650 000 per project.

There are a number of calls to apply for TIA Seed Funding throughout the year. Notifications for these calls will be sent out via the Nelson Mandela University Memo system. Please ensure that your application is on the supplied template and meets the conditions and guidelines.

If you are a post-graduate student and your idea falls within your field of study or if you are a staff member and the idea falls within your scope if work, the Innovation Office will assist you provided your idea has commercial potential.