Industry Academia Partnership Programme
Under its remit as a delivery partner of the Newton Fund, the Academy has partnered with the Department for Higher Education and Training to enhance engineering teaching, research and innovation outcomes in South African universities through building bilateral industry-academia linkages. This programme also aims to foster greater ties between engineering research and innovation stakeholders in both countries.
Our overall objective for the Programme is to strengthen capacity and develop capabilities within South African engineering higher education and research institutions to carry out excellent teaching, research and innovation-related activities through collaboration with industry and UK counterparts, especially in Historically Disadvantaged Institutions.
Through this Programme the Academy aims to support case studies of excellence in bilateral collaboration which in themselves will generate significant long term benefit, as well as produce models replicable by others and generate lessons which can help inform bilateral and national-level higher education, research and innovation policy.
This programme is now closed for applications. For any questions concerning the programme, please contact Shaarad Sharma or the International team.
Types of activities supported
This call offers financial support for travel, subsistence and salary support costs related to visits and exchanges that support collaborative activities amongst industry and academic partners in South African and the UK. Under this call we will support proposals that fit with one or more of the IAPP’s identified outcome areas:
Enhanced industry input into engineering curricula and teaching in South Africa universities to improve the quality and uptake of practical engineering skills and help develop a talent pipeline and encourage entrepreneurship in emerging and/ or currently skill-scarce industries
Develop new partnerships and strengthen bilateral collaboration in engineering research and knowledge-sharing between industry and academia counterparts to develop new capabilities within South African universities
Formation of deep, strategic bilateral partnerships between industry and academia around application-inspired engineering research and innovation which aims to solve economic and social development challenges faced by South Africa or globally
Improved industry-academia interface to help systemically foster deeper engagement amongst actors in the innovation eco-systems of both countries and create different models of industry-academic engagement for wider sharing and adoption
The lead applicant will be an individual at a South African university which must propose a means of collaboration with co-applicants that meet the above-identified Programme outcome areas. Co-applicants must include at least one local industry partner and at least one UK university or research institution partner. Additional university and industry partners are not obliged but are encouraged, especially the involvement of UK industry partners from academic spin-out and SME sectors. Consortia must include – either as lead or co-applicant – at least one South African Historically Disadvantaged institute*.
Industry partners are defined broadly and may be institutions of any size within private, public or NGO sectors.
As a result of the call, a series of grants in the range of GBP £10,000 to GBP £50,000 will be issued. The project duration will not exceed 24 months, including all project activities and final reporting. The proposed start date for the project must be within April 2018 and all projects, including submission of reports, must be completed by end of April 30th 2020.
*The classification of the Historically Disadvantaged Institute can found on p170 – p171 (p182 – p183 of the PDF) of the Report of the Ministerial Committee for the Review of the Funding of Universities.