Entrepreneurial innovation drives new business creation and corporate innovation strengthens existing business. South Africa has identified innovation as crucial for job creation and to enhance its competitiveness in the global economy.

Event Scope

A number of government grants and incentives have been established to encourage innovation through research and development.
These include:

  • The support program for industrial innovation (SPII) managed by the Industrial Development Corporation

  • A tax deduction allowance as stipulated by Section 11D of the Income Tax Act

  • The partners in industrial innovation (PII) fund, managed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

  • The Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP), managed by the DTI and the National Research Foundation

This seminar will discuss these grants and incentives, together with the importance of effective industry-academia collaboration for successful industrial innovation.

Who should attend

While recognising the importance of innovation for staying competitive, corporate expenditure on research is often limited. Leveraging innovation funding has great potential to enhance corporate innovation. All SACAC members unaccustomed with any of the above mentioned incentives are encouraged to attend.


08:30 – 09:00: Registration (tea/coffee)
09:00 – 09:15: Welcome and Introductions

9.15 – 10.00: Existing research grants and incentives – Tumelo Chipfupa Mr Chipfupa is a past deputy director general at the DTI. He is currently a director at Cova Advisory, a consultancy firm that specialises in assisting clients in securing various grants and incentives.

10:00 – 10.45 Experiences with research grants and incentives – Prof Jan du Plessis Prof du Plessis is an associated professor at the University of Pretoria and the Sasol Chair holder in Safety, Health, and Environment. He is also a Non-Executive Director for a number of companies, and was successful in acquiring funds for both industrial and academic projects using research grants and incentives.

10:45 – 11:15: Tea/coffee

11.15 – 11.35: SAMMRI – Dr Victor Ross The South African Minerals to Metals Research Institute was founded in 2010 by the mining and minerals processing industry. Its vision is to promote sustainable development of the South African minerals processing industry. Dr Ross is an ex chair of SAMMRI’s board.

11:35 – 12:00: Funding university research – Dr Kevin Harding Dr Harding is a senior lecturer in the school of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at Wits. His interests include Industrial Biotechnology, Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology. He will talk about his experiences with the water research commission, SAMMRI, NRF, and the paper manufacturers of SA (PAMSA).

12:00 – 12:20: Panel Discussion and Evaluation
12:20: Lunch


Mintek, 200 Malibongwe Drive, Strijdom Park, Randburg

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Fees, registration & contact information

Please email the followings details to Ms Keri Garland at secretariat@sacac.org.za or
John Burchell 076 323 9216

  • Name
  • Company
  • SACAC Member: Yes/No
  • Contact Number

SACAC Members: R 400
Non-members: R 450
Invoices will be sent to delegates. Fees include seminar material, tea/coffee and lunch.

Please contact SACAC for more information

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