Dear UCT Researchers
This is a call for applications inviting UCT researchers to apply for grant funding to the UCT Pre-Seed Fund, managed by Research Contracts and Innovation Services. It is a limited resource provided by the University Research Committee. Please Note: this is not a replacement for the “Startup Grant”. These funds are directed at building on research that has already been conducted and it does not replace what would be considered to be research funding.
The Fund aims to provide financial support for the early-stage technology development of innovative UCT research outputs. Funded projects will be better placed to, among others, demonstrate their technological innovation, support the protection of Intellectual Property where needed, demonstrate their commercial value proposition and to access the next stages of funding in the innovation development cycle. This call for applications invites UCT researchers to apply for funding under two distinct funding mechanisms:
- Pre-Seed Concept Fund:
Concept funding of up to R100,000 per project is available for projects of up to 12 months in duration. Eligible activities include:
- refining and implementing designs
- verifying applications
- conducting field studies
- preparing demonstrations
- demonstrating proof-on-concept
- Prototype development, or production of market samples
- Piloting and scale-up
- Technology development (development of a comprehensive technology package demonstrating aspects such as reproducibility, use of commercially available feedstock, raw materials or parts)
Please ensure that you complete the appropriate application form – there is a different form for each fund.
NB. Please visit the website and review the material before making contact with us. Additional information, award criteria and application forms are available here: http://www.rci.uct.ac.za/rcips/fundinnov/pre-seed
Explorer Funding is awarded on an ad hoc basis - applications can be made at any time of the year and are awarded dependent on funding being available.
For any queries, please contact Saberi Marais: firstname.lastname@example.org x1746
The closing date for applications in this round will be at the close of business on Friday 8th June 2018.
Mr Saberi Marais