The Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP) by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to leverage collaborative partnerships between government and industry (working with academia) for research and development in science, engineering, and technology on a cost-sharing basis of up to R8 million, to produce highly-skilled human resources and technology solutions for improved industry competitiveness.
The Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme is a partnership program which challenges companies to match government funding for innovative research and development in South Africa. It is managed by the National Research Fund. The objectives and priorities of the program are to ensure that the projects not only result in competitive world class technologies but the growth and development of our nation as all the projects funded by the program must also include human resources development. Funding occurs in the following manner:
- Firms and the program invest jointly in research projects where project leaders are from academic staff of South African Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s)
- It also matches investment by industry in projects where researchers from science, engineering and technology institutions are trained through the projects.
- It also facilitates technology innovation promotion through the transfer of researchers and students between industrial participants.
Projects Qualifying for the Technology and Human Resources Industry Programme
- The project must be applied research in the fields of science, engineering, and / or technology whose outputs could make a significant contribution towards improving the applicant’s competitive edge;
- The project intention should be to innovate in terms of either of the following:
- should lead to the creation and transfer of new knowledge into a process or product (prototype), or
- the transfer of existing knowledge into a new process or product to benefit the applicant.
- The project must have clearly defined scientific and technology outputs, plus human resource outputs expected for each year of support;
- The project must demonstrate all of the following:
- causality (demonstrable output or outcome),
- implementation (the way in which the output / outcomes will be used by the applicant), and
- additionality (the degree to which the research would not have been undertaken without THRIP) that will follow from THRIP support.
- In case of applicants partnering with Historically Disadvantaged Institutions (HDI’s) as main research partners, projects with research activities spanning from basic towards applied research whose outputs could make a significant contribution towards improving the applicant’s competitive edge will be considered for funding.