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TIA: An Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology Innovation: We fund Technology Innovation Development: We nurture science Empower: Uplifting SA Socio-Economy through technology Facilitate: We create a knowledge economy Technology: Translating local research and development into commercial technology products & services TIAInnovationDevelopmentEmpowerFacilitateTechnology


We fund innovation


we nurture Science


uplifting SA socio-economy through technology


we create a knowledge economy


we translate local research into
commercial products & services

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) was established in terms of the TIA Act, 2008 (Act No. 26 of 2008), with the objective of stimulating and intensifying technological innovation in order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by developing and exploiting technological innovations.

TIA’s core business objective is to support the development and commercialisation of competitive technology-based services and products. The Agency primarily uses South Africa’s science and technology base to develop new industries, create sustainable jobs and help diversify the economy. It invests in the following technology sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Industrial Biotechnology, Health, Mining, Energy and ICT.


TIA was forme...

SA has made progress in developing its biotechnology industry since a national strategy plan was put in place in 2002.


Entrepreneurs from across Africa have been recognised for their market-oriented solutions to address sanitation, malaria, energy and other challenges while driving economic growth on the continent Ten African innovators have developed practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable .

South Africa needs to escalate its expenditure on research and development and increase its international competitiveness in science and innovation, according to Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom.

TIA Mandate to provide funding (extracted from draft Investment Framework Policy)

The TIA Act establishes the TIA with the objective of: “… stimulating and intensifying technological innovation in order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by developing and exploiting technological innovations.”  In giving effect to this objective the TIA recognises that it must straddle the gap between scientific research on the one end, where scientific or technological ideas originate, and established business on the other end.  The TIA will achieve its vision through an emphasis on innovation at firm level in key strategic industry sectors to improve the competitiveness of regional economies. The TIA see...

Tshwane Animal Health Innovation Cluster Initiative


The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), in partnership with key stakeholders within the National System of Innovation, officially launched the Tshwane Animal Health Innovation Cluster (the “Cluster”) on 3 October 2012. The Cluster is a TIA-led initiative t...

Youth Technology Innovation Fund


The Youth Technology Innovation Fund (YTIF) is aimed at promoting and stimulating the culture of technology innovation and entrepreneurship amongst the youth by providing access to financial and business support resources. This funding instrument is aimed at the youth between the ages of 18 and 30 who are not already funded through other TIA funding instruments.<...

The CGS has acquired a sound knowledge of African geology, based on more than a 100- year history of mapping in Africa, mostly in South Africa and Namibia, and a proud record of publications of maps on various scales, as well as numerous publications (Handbooks, Memories, Bulletins, Map Explanations, etc).Read more...  

The ARC was established in 1990 through the Agricultural Research Act, 1990 (Act no. 86 of 1990). The Agricultural Research Council proved itself to be the principal agricultural research institution in South Africa. The primary mandate of the ARC is to promote Agriculture and Industry, to contribute to a better quality of life; and to facilitate and ensure resource conservation. Read more...

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) was inaugurated in May 1996 by the former President of South Africa and patron of the Academy, Nelson Mandela. It was formed in response to the need for an academy of science congruent with the dawn of democracy in South Africa – activist in its mission of using science for the benefit of society. Read more...

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Postal Address:
P.O. Box 172
Physical Address:
TIA House 83
Lois Avenue Menlyn

Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology Platform (ABRTP) Workshop Invitation

The Agri-Biotech Business Unit initiated dialogue with stakeholders regarding the establishment of the Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology Platform (ABRTP).

Discussions started around November 2012. Subsequently, extensive stakeholder engagements were held in various parts of the country and a repo...

The CEO of the Technology Innovation Agency is inviting you to a breakfast, information session and exhibition.