uYilo Kick Start Fund

The uYilo E-Mobility Technology Innovation Programme (EMTIP) invites qualifying projects to submit proposals to the uYilo “Kick Start” fund. The uYilo “Kick Start” fund has been established to support E-Mobility related projects by providing an agile mechanism (approval within 3 months) to fund research and development to a maximum of: (i) R500 000 (including VAT) per project for individual projects (one participant) , and (ii) R1 000 000 (including VAT) per project for collaborative projects (multiple participants).  For collaborative projects matched (50:50) co-funding is required. The fund is focused on applied research and development that will lead to the creation of products, processes and/or services that can be commercialised and advance the South African E-mobility Agenda.

The fund aims to fast-track the development processes for those projects that currently cannot attract funding from other funding mechanisms but are of strategic importance. Successful projects will have to demonstrate the intent to further develop and commercialise the technology.

This call is open to all participants in the Electric Vehicle (EV) innovation chain including higher education institutions, industry and entrepreneurs. Priority will be given to projects submitted by (i) universities and science councils that have established research in uYilo’s focus areas: Energy Storage; EV Components; Drive Systems; Charging Infrastructure; “Connected Car”, and/or (ii) industry projects that will lead local manufacturing of a product or delivery of a service. Funding for this financial (2015) year is limited and uYilo EMTIP will prioritise applications in these areas according to a pre-approved score card.

Applications must reach the uYilo’s Acting Director, Mr Hiten Parmar, by 30 September 2015.

Contact information: hiten.parmar@nmmu.ac.za; Fax 041 504 9123