Department of Science and Technology
5 April 2019
The science and technology department will continue to ensure increased funding for basic research.
The science and technology minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, recently confirmed this at the inaugural National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) Intellectual Property Creators Awards in Pretoria.
The work of top intellectual property creators at South Africa’s publicly funded research institutions was acknowledged at the Awards.
The Awards seek to promote the conversion of research and development (R&D) outputs into products, processes and services that are of benefit to society.
In a statement, the department declared that the “awards recognise the creators of intellectual property (IP) for making actionable disclosures of IP to their institutions’ offices of technology transfer (OTTs) at the point of publication”.
Intellectual Property Creators’ Incentives were handed over to recipients to be used by their institutions’ OTTs to advance the disclosures of their top IP creators to the next stage in the innovation value chain.
The minister indicated that government is “taking steps to ensure that publicly funded research generates intellectual property that will help grow the South African economy and, more importantly, help us deal with the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality.”
She added that mechanisms and platforms needed to be put in place to boost South Africa’s capacity to innovate.
The Head of NIPMO, Dr Kerry Faul, announced that NIPMO planned to set up OTTs at all tertiary institutions.