Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP)

What is the Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP)?

The Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP).This incentive funds applied research, design and engineering and technology development. THRIP aims to boost South African industry by supporting research and technology development and enhancing the numbers of appropriately-skilled people.

Technology and Human Resource for Industry Programme (THRIP)

The main objective of the programme:

THRIP aims to boost SA industry by supporting research and technology development, and enhancing the numbers of appropriately-skilled people. THRIP brings together the best of SA’s researchers, academics and industry players.

Beneficiaries

  • South African registered legal entities
  • Registered higher education or further education institution in partnership with private sector
  • Licensed and/or registered science councils in partnership with private sector

Benefits

THRIP is a cost-sharing Incentive Scheme of up to R8m  per annum for a period (3) years for approved project engaged in applied research and development in science, engineering and technology.

THRIP also encourages and supports the development and mobility of research personnel and students among participating organisations. The programme was established in 1992 with a budget of around R5 (US$0.6) million and is currently supporting in excess of 400 projects, to the tune of R250 (US$31.25) million (industry plus Government). It is considered to be one of DTI’s most successful “supply side” support initiatives which boasts some impressive success stories. One of these is a research project co-funded (THRIP and de Beers) to the value of R300,000 (US$37,500) which has led to a body scanning machine, which is the only one of its kind in the world and is expected to earn de Beers R1.2 (US$0.15) billion