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Support Program for Industrial Innovation (SPII)

The Support Program for Industrial Innovation (SPII) is designed to promote technology development in South Africa’s industry, through the provision of financial assistance for the development of innovative products and/or processes. SPII is focused specifically on the development phase, which begins at the conclusion of basic research and ends at the point when a pre-production prototype has been produced.

Criteria for SPII Support:

  • Development should represent significant advance in technology;

  • Development and subsequent production must take place within South Africa;

  • Intellectual Property to reside in South African registered company;

  • Participating businesses should (must) be South African registered enterprises;

  • Government funded institutions (e.g. CSIR) do not directly qualify for support but may participate as subcontractor(s) and;

  • No simultaneous applications from the same company.

The SPII offers three schemes namely, the:

  • SPII Product Process Development (PPD) Scheme;

  • R2 million maximum grant especially for SMME’s up to 85% of qualifying cost’s

  • SPII Matching Scheme;

  • R 5 million up to 75% of qualifying cost’sSPII Partnership Scheme, minimum of R 10 million own contribution

The qualifying costs in SPII are as follows:

  • Personnel Related Costs;

  • Travel Expenses (defined maximum);

  • Direct Material;

  • Capital Items and Tooling (pro rata);

  • Software (not general software);

  • Documentation;Testing and Trials;

  • Licensing Costs;

  • Quality Assurance and Certification;

  • Patent Costs; and

  • Subcontracting and Consulting.


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