Funding Policy

Who can apply for funding?

A researcher from a recognised research institution performing agricultural research. Such institutions include the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Provincial Departments of Agriculture, Institutes of the Agricultural Research Council, all Universities and Agricultural Colleges.

The types of R & D projects that are funded

  • “Research” has the meaning of the definition in the Agricultural Research Act namely the furtherance, accumulation and improvement of knowledge through original and other investigations and methods of a scientific nature, for the advancement of agriculture.
  • “Development” means the activity by which knowledge acquired through research are being utilised.
  • “Development” is systematic work, drawing on knowledge gained from research and practical experience and producing additional knowledge, which is directed to producing new practises or processes or to improve existing practises or processes.
  • “Development” is the translation of knowledge into a plan or design for a new product or practises or for significant improvement of an existing product or process whether intended for sale or use.
  • “Development” is a state in which things are improving; a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage); it is an act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining.
  • “Technology Transfer” means the transfer of knowledge and techniques and processes for the application thereof.

Cost categories eligible for funding

  • Operational costs (e.g. costs of experimental animals, feed, laboratory consumables, computer software etc.).
  • Scientific expertise required from outside the institution (local or abroad) for specific aspects of the project, may be considered for funding.
  • Project-based contract appointments if essential to execute the project. This should be fully motivated and limited by nature.
  • Funding will be provided for technology transfer opportunities based on the project only (e.g. workshops, seminars, popular articles and publications).
  • A research levy up to a maximum of 10% of project costs.
  • Attendance of national and international congresses, conferences, symposia, will only be funded if the researcher is presenting the findings of the project at such a scientific gathering. Funding will be limited to one person, one event per year, where only one international event will be funded in a 3-year cycle. The cost must be reasonable.

Cost categories NOT eligible for funding

  • Personnel costs.
  • Capital equipment and the establishment of demonstration units.
  • Overhead costs.
  • Routine operations.
  • Service laboratories (e.g. Diagnostic Laboratories).
  • Schemes (e.g. Livestock Improvement Schemes and Range and Forage Units).
  • Overseas trips for any other reason or person or exceeding the conditions stated in the last point in the previous section.

Intellectual Property

Research results of projects funded by the Trust or Statutory Levy funds are regarded as public knowledge. All intellectual property generated during the course and scope of research vest with the relevant Institution under the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed Research and Development Act (No. 51 of 2008) and its Regulations.


No publications, except for a popular article, which is a prerequisite for the acceptance of the final report. The popular article and a comprehensive report must be submitted as part of the final report to finalise the project.

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