Call for Proposals for Innovative Solutions using IKS

Call Type

Seed grants


call closed

Call ID


Deadline for submission

31 May 2017

Shortlisted projects:

Value maximisation from Baobab, Marula and Ochre for human and animal health and nutrition; Tuli-line Trading Services cc (Namibia) and Divine Scents (Pty) Limited (Botswana)

Oyster mushroom cultivation - creating employment and diversifying economy through technology; Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering, Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique)

Functional synbiotic phytonutrient-enhanced sorghum-based beverage; Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa) and Dr. Lemogang Kwape (Botswana)

Molemole indigenous food processing cooperative. An innovative poverty eradication solution in Limpopo province (SA); University of Limpopo (South Africa) and University of Botswana

Mechanization of marula kernel extraction to develop seed oil industry exports of Botswana by Citizens; Blue Pride (Pty) Ltd (Botswana) and Destek Design Consultants cc (South Africa)

The efficacy of morama bean (Tylosema Esculentum) oil in cosmetic products; NFTRC (Botswana) and University of Namibia

Nutridensification of cassava-insect poultry feed pellets; Partner Feeds Pvt Limited (Zimbabwe), TUSHIYA Consultancy Services (Malawi), and Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Fish for Life; TUSHIYA Consultancy Services (Malawi) and Nekutu Investments cc (Botswana)

Facilitating the Conversion of Organic Waste into a Sustainable Animal Protein Feed Source for Poultry; JTT Industries Pty Ltd t/a Agricycle Namibia and ChickHeads Farm (Botswana)



The Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) in conjunction with NEPAD SANBio (Southern Africa Network for Biosciences) and supported by the BioFISA II Programme (a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme to Strengthen NEPAD SANBio) are inviting interested innovators in the biosciences sector to submit grant applications. The grant is for organisations in the SANBio member states* for innovations based on indigenous knowledge systems with a proof of concept, potential regional and global impact and which can be commercialised. Up to R1 million will be awarded per project.

Focus Area

Innovative solutions based on indigenous knowledge systems covering the impact areas of human and animal health and nutrition. Technology solutions could include, but are not limited to, nutraceuticals, preservatives, cosmetics, and nutritious products made from indigenous resources. The successful technologies must be ready to use or require only short term development.

How to apply

Please submit your applications to, Documents (application form and guidelines) are available for download at and The minimum requirement for applicants is a partnership between a Botswana based organisation and a SANBio member state based organisation.


Applications will be evaluated in line with the BIH-SANBio BioFISA II Specific Guidelines for this Call.

Closing Date

All applications should be received at by 00h00 (midnight) on 31 May 2017.

Contact us

For enquiries, please contact us at

Call documents:


Application form


Clarifications - 18 May 2017:

Question: Must the output (product) be destined for the local African market – can a value added product be developed that is manufactured locally but sold internationally?

Answer: Products are ultimately destined for the global market though primary target is regional and must meet regional priorities and those outlined.

Question: Can a portion of the grant be used for international testing in accredited laboratories – toxicology, safety, efficacy, clinical?

Answer: The assumption is that the grant shall be used for testing in regional facilities, however if these facilities are not available in the region then a justification for testing in internationally accredited laboratories needs to be made in the application.

Question: Can regulatory be a post-funding activity if it is self-funded?

Answer: Yes, that is fine, but please do include the steps to be taken in this regard.

Question:  Is follow up funding a possibility?

Answer: This is anticipated to ensure products are commercialised. This can be reviewed when the project is accepted and in progress. Please note that this specific grant is for one year from commencement to completion and reporting.

Question: If the IP has already been generated by an international collaborator, will it be acceptable for that IP to remain the property of the international collaborator and the SADC member countries benefit through supply agreements and sales of materials?

Answer: Please note that without seeing your application it is very hard to answer your question, however the principle we follow is:

Background IP belongs to the inventor/where it is generated & the benefits of Foreground IP are shared by the consortium.  So the answer to your question is Yes.

As the grant is meant for enhancing the capability of Southern African entities we would guard against a large portion of the grant going to licensing fees.

We encourage you to submit the application and this can be reviewed during the evaluation process by an independent panel.

Question: I see in the guidelines there is a need to find a partner in Botswana. So how then can you help on this?

Answer: Applicants are encouraged to use their own networks to find partners. The SANBio Expert Database ( can also be utilized and applicants are encouraged to create a profile there.

Question: May I please know as to whether I should get another country partner besides Botswana? Secondly, is inclusion of equipment for the project such as processing machines accepted? What about small building?

I am in South Africa, I already have an IKS project on processing. Do I I have to establish the same in Botswana or will they come for training in S.A or Vise Versa?

Answer: To answer your questions, it is sufficient for the project consortium to include just one partner in Botswana; i.e. two parties from two different countries need to be involved, one of these being Botswana.

There is no need to establish a separate project in Botswana, but it is necessary to have a concrete partnership between the partners in the different countries involved in either developing and or commercialising the project product.

The grant cannot however be used for equipment or construction.

Question: What information to put under 'Introduction and background of participants' does it mean all applicants or just the main applicants?

Answer: A description of the organisations involved, i.e. the lead applicant as well as the co-applicant(s); elaborate on what the organisations are/do.

Question: Also under TEAM: do we provide separate CVs as extra attachments or the information has to be put in the table as well?

Answer: Short and concise CVs should be put in the table; full CVs may also be provided as annexes.

Full Proposal Clarifications:

Question: In the sheet cash (grant and partner) contr., do we indicate the total cost of the key activities for each month including salaries?
Answer: Yes but the salaries that go in this sheet are only for non-permanent staff as full time staff salaries can only be reflected as in-kind contribution.

Question: For the sheet in kind contribution, should the grand total equal our total in-kind contribution?
Answer: Yes.

Question: In the expenditure categorised, should the grand total amount to the total grant amount?
Answer: Total amount should be grant+cash contribution.

Question: Do we count the initial 20% disbursement as milestone 1?
Answer: The initial 20% should cover all the activities for Milestone 1.

Question: Did you say permanent staff salaries are not included in the budget? Must we then allocate to permanent staff the value of the work they are doing for the project? Is this amount entirely part of the in-kind contribution?
Answer: For permanent staff, the full amount is entirely part of the in-kind contribution and should be reflected in the in-kind contribution excel sheet and only for the value of work that they are contributing to the project.