Investment Incentives

  • Innovation and Technology

Technology And Human Resources For Industry Programme

The Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) is a partnership programme which challenges companies to match Government funding for innovative research and development in South Africa.

Managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), on behalf of the Department of Trade & Industry (dti), THRIP affords local industry the means to obtain specific responses to its technology needs, by unleashing the potential of its students, researchers and science and technology experts.

THRIP's objectives and priorities ensure that projects not only result in competitive, world-class technologies, but also support the growth and transformation of South Africa. It focuses on projects which specifically promote and facilitate scientific research, technology development and technology diffusion, or any combination of these. THRIP-funded projects must include human resource development, but the choice of technological focus is the prerogative of the industrial participants and their partners.

The participating industry and the dti share the costs and, therefore, the risk of developing commercial technology on a R2 to R1 basis (industry: the dti). However, the dti's support may be doubled should a project support certain THRIP priorities.

Contact Details


  • Mr Sihle Ngcamu
  • Executive Manager
  • Investment Promotion
  • 1 Arundel Close, Durban, KZN, 4001
  • +27 31 368 9600
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