Do you have an innovative idea for improving water security in South Africa?

Innovate UK Global Alliance Africa in partnership with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) are investing up to £500,000 for UK participants and ZAR 5 million for South Africa participants in innovation projects towards improvement of water security in South Africa and/or the UK.

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A combined funding of £500 000 and ZAR 5 million will be contributed by Innovate UK KTN and TIA, to allow UK and SA businesses the opportunity to collaborate internationally and demonstrate innovative viability to address challenges within the water sector.

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The UK-SA Water Innovation Lead Customer Programme fund launched on 13 November 2023 as part of the Global Innovation Network intervention of the Global Alliance Africa project. The aim of this competition is to accelerate innovations needed to create new or improved water access technologies for the sector through UK-South African partnerships.

Click here to watch the recorded briefing and download the slides.

Innovate UK’s Global Alliance Africa project will manage the fund, divided into two streams based on Technology Readiness Levels (TRL).

  • South African organisations with projects at TRL 4 to 6 can receive grants up to ZAR 500,000, and their UK partners up to GBP 25,000.
  • For projects at TRL 6 to 8, South African entities can get up to ZAR 1 million, with UK partners eligible for up to GBP 100,000.

Additionally, Global Alliance Africa and TIA will offer technical support and assist in finding and connecting South African and UK partners.

If you think you have a digital or effective wastewater management system solution for this exciting challenge, and would like to collaborate with companies in South Africa, then apply today!

Your submission MUST include the following attachments:

  • Completed Application Template
  • Completed Project Plan and Finances Template
  • Formal Letter of commitment/support from at least one top tier supplier or utility company in the water sector

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