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uYilo’s R1m e-mobility fund opens for applications

The uYilo eMobility Programme is inviting qualifying projects to submit proposals to the uYilo “Kick Start” fund. The national uYilo eMobility Programme was established in 2013 as an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency to enable, facilitate and mobilise electric vehicle mobility in South Africa.

The fund is established to support electric mobility (e-mobility) related products or services development by providing an agile mechanism to fund applied research and development to a maximum of R500,000 (including VAT) per project for individual projects (one participant), and R1,000,000 (including VAT) per project for collaborative projects (multiple participants). For collaborative projects matched (50:50) co-funding is required.

The grant funding is focused on applied research that will accelerate Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) and lead to the creation of products, processes or services that can be commercialised to advance South Africa’s e-mobility industry. Proposals will have to meet the hurdle and adjudication criteria and demonstrate the intent to further develop and commercialise the proposed technology.

Priority will be given to projects that have established activities in uYilo’s strategic focus areas:

  • Energy storage technologies;
  • Electric vehicle systems;
  • Charging infrastructure within smart-grids;
  • Connected car, and/or industry projects that will lead to, local manufacturing of a product or, delivery of a service or, support public transportation.

Funding for the current financial year is limited and applicants are advised to complement past kick start funded projects and support collaborative projects towards an inclusive eco-system.

Supporting documents and application form is available on this uYilo web page.

Final proposal documentation must be submitted by midday Monday, 31 January 2022 via email to az.gro.oliYu@ofni with the subject “Call for Proposals – uYilo Kick Start Fund”.

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