ACP Science and Technology Programme (S&T) Seed Funding

The ACP S&T Programme is another EU-funded programme implemented by the ACP secretariat, aimed at facilitating the creation and/or strengthening frameworks for regional and sub-regional co-operation and of inter-institutional co-operation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region in the field of science and technology.

The programme is focused on the quality of health care systems, environment research activities, renewable energy, transport, agriculture and agro industry and sustainable trade.

One of the key challenges potential South African ACP S&T participants has to meet is to find partners and financial support to fund international travel to meet and discuss potential ACP S&T projects with researchers in other African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. Cognisant of the difficulties sometimes posed to South African researchers in joining consortia for ACP S&T participation, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) created a “Seed Funding Instrument.” Under the Seed Funding Instrument, the DST is able to support the travel costs of South African researchers travelling to ACP countries to engage with ACP partners regarding ACP S&T collaborations. Alternatively funding can be granted to support the travel of ACP researchers to South Africa.

Funding is allocated upon the evaluation of applications submitted to the DST. Seed funding applications, for example, have to demonstrate the applicant’s prior, thorough interrogation of the ACP call, communication with potential partners, and an invite by the ACP partners to participate in a project proposal discussion in any of the ACP countries.

All requests should be drafted using the ACP S&T seed funding application template. Seed funding requests should be submitted a month in advance to DST, and applicants will get DST’s response within 10 working days after submitting the request.

Note: Applications should be accompanied by an invitation from the ACP partner to visit any of the ACP countries as well as flight and accommodation confirmations in line with the budget submitted.

Kindly note, DST will now need to enter into contracts with the applicant’s institution for all our funding instruments established to support SA’s participation in the European Union funded programmes. As a result, it may take up to a month to get a response and receive a contract from us. It is important for applicants to submit applications two months before the planned activity to have enough time to process and arrange payment.

ACP Science and Technology Programme (S&T) Strategic Co-investment Funding for South African participants

The ACP S&T Programme is another EU-funded programme implemented by the ACP secretariat, aimed at facilitating the creation and/or strengthening frameworks for regional and sub-regional co-operation and of inter-institutional co-operation in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region in the field of science and technology.

The programme is focused on the quality of health care systems, environment research activities, renewable energy, transport, agriculture and agro industry and sustainable trade.

The Department of Science and Technology has established a funding instrument to assist SA researchers participating in the programme with the shortfall that they may incur in their projects.

Kindly note, DST will now need to enter into contracts with the applicant’s institution for all our funding instruments established to support SA’s participation in the European Union funded programmes. As a result, it may take up to a month to get a response and receive a contract from us. It is important for applicants to submit applications two months before the planned activity to have enough time to process and arrange payment.

COST Seed Funding

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is the longest-running European framework supporting trans-national cooperation among researchers, engineers and scholars across Europe. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is able to provide seed funding for the travel costs of South African researchers traveling to Europe. The visit must contribute or enhance South Africa’s Science & Technology knowledgebase and human capital. The applicant should have been accepted by the COST Action Chair to be part of the projects before applying to DST for funding to attend the COST Action activities.

A once off payment of R100 000.00 will be transferred on an annual basis upon receipt of the first application for the year, and funds are to be used for the COST Action activities of the year of application.

Applicants will be required to report to the DST on each activity strictly 30 days upon its execution.

Kindly note, DST will now need to enter into contracts with the applicant’s institution for all our funding instruments established to support SA’s participation in the European Union funded programmes. As a result, it may take up to a month to get a response and receive a contract from us. It is important for applicants to submit applications two months before the planned activity to have enough time to process and arrange payment.

Application Form

EDCTP Co-investment Funding

The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) aims to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines, microbicides and diagnostics against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with focus on phase II and III clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa.

Funding is available for those wishing to participate in the clinical trials partnership.

Kindly note, DST will now need to enter into contracts with the applicant’s institution for all our funding instruments established to support SA’s participation in the European Union funded programmes. As a result, it may take up to a month to get a response and receive a contract from us. It is important for applicants to submit applications two months before the planned activity to have enough time to process and arrange payment.

Application Form

Horizon 2020 Seed Funding

One of the key challenges potential South African Horizon 2020 participants has to meet, is to find partners and financial support to fund international travel to meet and discuss potential Horizon 2020 projects with European partners. Cognisant of the difficulties sometimes posed to South African researchers in joining consortia for Horizon 2020 participation, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) created a “Seed Funding Instrument.” Under the Seed Funding Instrument, the DST is able to support the travel costs of South African researchers travelling to Europe to engage with European partners regarding Horizon 2020 collaboration. Alternatively funding can be granted to support the travel of European researchers to South Africa.

Funding is allocated upon the evaluation of applications submitted to the DST. Seed funding applications for example have to demonstrate the applicant’s prior, thorough interrogation of the Work Programme of the Horizon 2020 activity concerned, communication with potential partners, and an invite by the European partners to come and participate in a project proposal discussion in Europe.

All requests should be drafted using the seed funding application template. Seed funding requests should be submitted a month in advance to DST, and applicants will get DST’s response within 10 working days after submitting the request.

Note: Applications should be accompanied by an invitation from an EU partner to visit Europe as well as flight and accommodation confirmations in line with the budget submitted.

Kindly note, DST will now need to enter into contracts with the applicant’s institution for all our funding instruments established to support SA’s participation in the European Union funded programmes. As a result, it may take up to a month to get a response and receive a contract from us. It is important for applicants to submit applications two months before the planned activity to have enough time to process and arrange payment.

Application Form

Horizon 2020 Co-investment Funding

Under this instrument, successful South African Horizon 2020 participants which do not receive full funding from the European Commission for their Horizon 2020 project costs – as is possible under the Horizon 2020 funding rules – can apply for a strategic co-investment in their participation and receive funding for part of the remaining projects costs from DST.

Applicants must submit a comprehensive application detailing, for example, the strategic significance of the project from a national R&D perspective. All requests should be drafted using the Horizon 2020 co-investment funding application template.

Kindly note, DST will now need to enter into contracts with the applicant’s institution for all our funding instruments established to support SA’s participation in the European Union funded programmes. As a result, it may take up to a month to get a response and receive a contract from us. It is important for applicants to submit applications two months before the planned activity to have enough time to process and arrange payment.

Application Form

Daily special allowances for official visits abroad