Managing a Small Business: Production/Technology
Science, Engineering, Research and Development
Here is a list of key resources and contacts to help you if you are interested in starting up an engineering or research and development business.
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Government Programmes in Innovation
SPII is part of a series of innovation support measures for South African industry, the most important of these being:
- Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) - administered by the National Research Foundation. THRIP supports research and development in the industry with partners from the research, academic and industrial fields, to improve the quality of the products, services and people of participant companies. It does this by providing resources and a framework for collaboration in science, engineering and technology. One of the many success stories of this programme is the invention by a small business which now has a fully researched and accepted product on the market: a special camera which checks for errors on production lines using optical technology.
- Innovation Fund - administered by Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. This fund has its focus on appropriate projects requiring funding of between 1 and 5 million rand. The projects are for larger, two- to three-year collaborative projects aimed at technological innovation. The Innovation Fund is not designed to support micro-projects that could be funded through other programmes like THRIP.
South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)
Find out about how the SABS aims to improve the quality of South African products and services.
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
The CSIR is South Africa's largest science and technology research organisation. It describes itself as the technology partner to the people of South Africa.
Its aim is to improve the lives of South Africans through research. There are eight research divisions focusing on a broad range of technologies, such as aeronautical systems, building, communication, development, food, information, infrastructure, manufacturing, materials, mining, textiles and the environment.
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