2019 Technology Innovation Agency Grassroots Innovation Programme Call for Proposals in South Africa

Deadline: February 8, 2019.

Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is seeking proposals for its Grassroots Innovation Programme which is a targeting grassroots innovators who require funding to develop and prototype their technology innovations up to pre-commercialisation.

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 institutions”.



  • The programme is targeting South African citizens with preference to youth, women, and persons with disabilities.
  • Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
    • The application must be at concept design/early proof of concept, that is pre-revenue, and with less than R100 000 In previous external Investment;
    • The technology is novel and addresses market or social need;
    • A working prototype and proof of concept Is technologically and financially viable and uses sustainable design and production methods and materials;
    • A clear market need has been identified;
    • Whether the Innovation addresses a real social challenge and is flexible to conditions (geography, locality, etc.); and
    • Whether a vision for the commercialization viability of the Innovation has been articulated.



  • Grant funding for the proposed innovation including:
    • IP Support;
    • Product and technical development expertise, design, infrastructure & hard/software materials, & manufacturing;
    • Business development support;
    • Networking, mentorship and market access activities;
    • Industry compliance and certification.
  • Incubation support for a minimum period of 12 months.
  • Development and production of fully functional prototypes
  • Specialised equipment to enable innovation activities
  • Introduction of proof of concept where a viable business case is demonstrated



Completed applications must be submitted on the Grassroots Innovation application portal www.tia.org/gip or you may deliver completed application forms to TIA House, 83 Lois Avenue Pretoria or e-mail: grassroots.innovation@tia.org.za


GIP Call for Proposals

GIP Application Form




Grassroots Innovation Programme Call for Proposals

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