Rationale and Scope
Given the changing landscape of research within the national System of Innovation (NSI), and given the importance of applied research within the country and internationally (as evident in various strategy documents coming through the DST and international bodies), it is important that the NRF respond to these changes. This, together with recommendations from the recent 5-year review of the NRF, prompted the NRF to revisit the mandate of the then ARI.
- Having established at least 2 new collaborative programmes with new partners who may be from the public or private sector.
- Being able to identify at least 2 ARIC-supported projects which have graduated to a supporting instrument further along the innovation value chain (e.g. TIA). This migration should preferably have been facilitated through ARIC.
- Being able to demonstrate at least 2 applications of research outcomes from an ARIC-supported project(s), which are already having a socio-economic impact and a “profitable” return on investment (ROI)
- SANHARP having transformed into a broader energy programme of at least 3X the size of SANHARP of 2011/12 in terms of its inputs as well as outputs.
- A strengthening of the understanding, appreciation and support for the Akili CII.
- Growing THRIP budget to at least 1.5X its 2011/12 size, as well as the size of some of its beneficiaries and outputs.
Relevance of the Long-Term Goals
In succeeding to deliver on its mandate, the ARIC directorate will be contributing to the following strategies:
- NRF’s Vision 2015 – ARIC was established as an outcome of the rollout of this Strategic Plan.
- DST’s Ten Year Innovation Plan – SANHARP specifically responds to the Energy Grand Challenge of this Plan.
- The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP II) of the dti since THRIP is geared to respond to the objectives and priorities of this Plan.
- The Integrated Growth and Development Plan of DAFF since the RTF priorities are to be aligned to this Plan.
The specific programmes that form part of ARIC:
Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme
The Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) is a programme of the dti, managed by the NRF on a contract basis. While it is guided by the strategic imperatives of the dti, the objectives, priorities and modalities of the programme contribute directly in advancing the objectives and strategic goals of the NRF. THRIP promotes partnerships in pre-commercial research between business and publicly-funded research institutions. The design of the programme is to leverage collaborative partnerships on a cost-sharing basis for research in science, engineering and technology in order to provide technology solutions for industry, and in the process produce a flow of targeted highly skilled human capital for industry.