South Africa - Mauritius


The purpose of the SA-Mauritius Joint Call for Proposals is to facilitate partnership between South African and Mauritius start-ups, MSMEs and large enterprises, (in collaboration with national research and/or higher education institutions in both countries, where relevant/appropriate) for collaborative research, development and innovation (RDI) projects with commercial potential. 

Funding of up to MUR 2M and R 1M available per project for a duration of 24 months

Deadline: 30th October 2020 at 16 00 (Mauritian Time)

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The objective of any project should, therefore, be to:

  • Improve the competitiveness of the company through collaboration between research and industry.

  • Develop a new/improved product, process and/or service.

The fund is expected to improve the commercialization probability of technologies that emanate from the projects.


The fund is a limited resource made available for an agreed set of focused activities with clear deliverables, at least one of which should be a viable plan for taking the idea forward, which can be considered by other possible funders.




The joint application for funding must include, at least four Principal parties, i.e. two representative from South Africa (one each from industry and academic/ research institution) and two representative from Mauritius (one each from industry academic/ research institution) who participate in the joint research and innovation programme. Partnering start-ups/MSME/large enterprises from the two countries must not be subsidiaries.


Key Areas

Proposals are invited for applied research and innovation project in the following areas:


1. Green and Blue Economies

  • Disaster risks, Climate Change

  • Ocean/Marine Technology, Resources and Services

  • Fisheries and aquaculture

  • Renewable Energy/ Marine renewable energy

  • Waste Recycling, Product Development

  • Circular economy

2. Smart Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Food Sciences: Nutrition, Agri-tech, Food Processing, Bio-fertilizers

  • Life Sciences: Biotechnology, Cosmetic Products, Pharmaceutical products, Nanotechnology

  • Healthcare: Medical devices, Medical Solutions, Mental Health, Diabetes, Cancer

3. Manufacturing

  • Industry 4.0 (Smart Factories, Smart Materials, Advanced Robotics)

  • Additive Manufacturing

  • Transport and Logistics

4. Social Impact Innovation

  • Ageing Population: Services and Products

  • Creative Industries: Services and Products

  • Sports Industries: Services and Products

5. Emerging Sectors

  • Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Robotics

  • FinTech and Blockchain

  • Satellite Technology

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Eligibility Criterias

To be considered, and to qualify, for this Call applicants / projects:

  • Are developing Solutions for the Green and Blue Economies; Smart Agriculture and Life Sciences; Manufacturing; Social Impact Innovation; and Emerging Sectors.

  • The proposed technology product, process or service must be innovative, and there must be a technological risk involved. In addition, there must at least be a proof of concept in place.

  • The consortium must have start-ups/MSME/large enterprises and research institutions from both countries willing to enter into a partnership agreement with partner organisations in South Africa and Mauritius.

  • Must be a registered start-up/MSME/large enterprise in line with the relevant South Africa and Mauritius legislation.

  • Partnering start-ups/MSME/large enterprises from the two countries must not be subsidiaries

  • Clearly show and motivate potential for South Africa and Mauritius markets.

  • Have a civilian purpose.

  • Have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the cooperation between the participants, (e.g. joint tech dev opportunities, commercial leads, access to markets etc).

  • The involvement of South African or Mauritian Post Graduates students is encouraged in line with the Skills and Knowledge Transfer objectives.

  • A signed Partnership Agreement is mandatory before the actual start of the project. The Agreement will include the ownership and use of know-how and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) settlements.