Call for Expression of Interest (EoI)
Product and process development incubation support to Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs)

Expression of interest now open!

The Biomanufacturing Industry Support Initiative (BIDC) is a CSIR (www.csir.co.za) initiative to provide technical product and process development support to Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in the biomanufacturing sector, with the aim of creating and expanding biomanufacturing activity and associated job creation.

The current EoI call is targeted at SMMEs entering the biomanufacturing sector to grow and expand biomanufacturing capacity to meet market demands. Biomanufacturing entails the use of bioprocess technology (e.g. fermentation) to produce enzymes, industrial biologics, biopharmaceuticals, proteins, probiotics, bio-control agents and diagnostic reagents. It also includes the areas of agroprocessing relating to extraction of biologically-active ingredients from natural sources and formulation thereof in dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, food and feed products and cosmetics. This initiative is aligned with the National Bio-economy Strategy of the Department of Science and Innovation which aims to drive economic growth and socio-economic development in South Africa.

Applications close Wednesday 18 March 2020

Submission and queries: BIDC@csir.co.za

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