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 Innovation (DSI) 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 DSI 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 DSI on each activity strictly 30 days upon its execution.

Kindly note, DSI 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.

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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, DSI 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 Innovation (DSI) created a “Seed Funding Instrument.” Under the Seed Funding Instrument, the DSI 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 DSI. 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 DSI, and applicants will get DSI’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, DSI 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 DSI.

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, DSI 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

Department of Science and Innovation Eureka/Eurostars Co-investment Funding