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Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII)

The Support Programme 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 focussed 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.

The SPII offers two schemes namely, the:

  • SPII Product Process Development (PPD) Scheme; and
  • SPII Matching Scheme.

Schemes:

The product process development scheme:

Applicants

Scheme limit

0% – 25% BEE ownership

25.1% – 50% BEE ownership OR >50% ownership by women/people with disabilities

>50% BEE ownership

·Provides financial assistance to small, very small and micro-enterprises and individuals in the form of a non-repayable grant.

·A percentage of‘qualifying’ costs incurred in the pre-competitive development activities associated with a specific project.

R2 million (maximum grant)

50% of  ‘qualifying’ costs incurred

75% of ‘qualifying’ costs incurred

85% of ‘qualifying’ costs incurred

The matching scheme:

Applicants

Scheme limit

0% – 25% BEE ownership

25.1% – 50% BEE ownership OR >50% ownership by women/people with disabilities

>50% BEE ownership

- Provides financial assistance to all enterprises and individuals in the form of a non-repayable grant.

· A percentage of‘qualifying' costs incurred in the development activities of a specified development project.

R 5 million (maximum grant)

50% of  ‘qualifying’ costs incurred

65% of ‘qualifying’ costs incurred

75% of ‘qualifying’ costs incurred


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 qualifying costs in SPII are as follows:

  • Personnel Related Costs;
  • Travel Expenses (defined maximum);
  • Direct Material;
  • Capital Items and Tooling;
  • Software (not general software);
  • Documentation;
  • Testing and Trials;
  • Licensing Costs;
  • Quality Assurance and Certification;
  • Patent Costs; and
  • Subcontracting and Consulting.

Non Qualifying Projects/costs:

  • Projects receiving other government funding;
  • Military projects; and
  • Where SPII contribution is not significant (at least 20% of total project costs).
  • Production and commercialisation related;
  • Marketing and administrative costs;
  • Product/process development for a single client;
  • Basic and applied research;
  • Projects which, at the time of application, are more than 50% (70% for PPD) complete; and
  • All costs incurred prior to submitting a duly completed application.

SPII Contact Information

 Enquiries Applications
 Sathiya Arumugasamy / Moshiane Maseko
Mahlatsi Ndhlovu
 +27 (12) 394 5953 /  1811
 +27 (12) 394 1255
 spiienquiries@thedti.gov.za spiiapplications@thedti.gov.za

the dti Customer contact centre
National callers: 0861 843 384
International callers: +27 (12) 394 9500