29 November 2018

SAIS 2 Innovation Fund Opens 2nd Call for Proposals

SAIS 2 Innovation Fund Opens 2nd Call for Proposals


SAIS 2 will be inviting organisations that  support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to submit Concept Notes and subsequently Full Proposals for  grant funding  from the SAIS 2 Innovation Fund  for the  second Call for Proposals (CfP  2018/2).  

The overall objective of the SAIS 2 Call for Proposals 2018/2 is to support enhanced regional innovation cooperation and national innovation systems contributing to inclusive business and development. With this Second Call for Proposals, SAIS 2 seeks to identify concrete projects with well-defined goals that are to be achieved by partnership of organisations  from different SADC countries. 

The call  will open  for the submission  of Concept Notes  via the SmartMe portal  on the SAIS website on 29 November 2018 and  close 24 January 2019. Innovation support   organisations  from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia    research/academia, civil society and in particular from the private   sector – such as innovation hubs, labs,  networks, incubators and accelerators   hosting and providing services for entrepreneurs – are encouraged to apply.

Concept Notes for grant funding across these three funding windows are invited:

  • Window 1: Developing Institutional Capacity for Regional Innovation Cooperation

  • Window 2 : Scaling Enterprises Through Stronger Innovation Support Organisations

  • Window 3: Improved Enabling Environment for Inclusive Innovation Activities in the Region 

Interested applicants can pre-register on the SAIS 2 website and will be able to start the submission of Concept Notes from 29 November 2018 until 24 January 2019. as of January 2019 the deadline for submission has been extended to 31 January 2019.