The Technology Innovation Agency
Ref: KZNCLUSTER092012/ LPCLUSTER092012
The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA or the Agency), an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, has a mandate to enable and support technological innovation across all sectors of the economy in order to achieve socio-economic benefits for South Africa and enhance its global competitiveness.
The Agency is a public entity with the aim of enhancing the country’s capacity to translate a greater proportion of local research and development from higher education institutions, science councils, public entities and private research institutions into commercial technology products and services. For further information, please visit our website: www.tia.org.za.
CONSULTING SERVICES TO ASSIST THE TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AGENCY CONDUCT FEASIBILITY STUDIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A KZN BIOPROCESSING CLUSTER AND A LIMPOPO AGRO-PROCESSING CLUSTER
The Agency aims to facilitate and support bioprocessing and agro-processing industry initiatives in KZN and Limpopo respectively.
TIA invites qualified and experienced service providers to conduct two feasibility studies for the establishment of (a) the KZN Bioprocessing Cluster and/or (b) the Limpopo Agro-Processing Biocluster.
The service providers are required to analyse bioprocessing and agro-processing activities in both provinces, conduct extensive stakeholder analysis, engage with provincial Higher Education Institutions, Science Councils and Companies to assess their involvement across the bio-processing and agro-processing value chains, identify any gaps in terms of skills and infrastructure, and conduct a benchmarking exercise to identify best practices in terms of cluster governance structures and operational models.
Based on the findings, comprehensive recommendations should be provided on the optimal operational frameworks and governance structures that TIA should adopt to facilitate the establishment of the aforesaid Bioclusters.
For further information and submission requirements, please visit TIA website on www.tia.org.za.
• Five hard copies quoting the reference number for each Biocluster should be delivered to TIA House, 83 Lois Avenue, Menlyn by no later than 12 noon on 11 September 2012;
• Queries relating to this tender should be directed to Ms Kefiloe Monageng at +27 (0) 12 472 2736. or [email protected]
An initiative of the Department of Science and Technology