The Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) is a programme that is co-funded and managed by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti). THRIP supports Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) research collaboration on a cost-sharing basis with industry (working with academia) and is focused on addressing the technology needs of the participating firms. The mission of THRIP is to improve the competitiveness of the South African industry by supporting research and technology development activities and enhancing the quality and quantity of appropriately skilled people. THRIP funding is matched with the “THRIPable” industry contribution by applying a funding ratio that depends on the size of the industry partner or the size of an association of partners, the B-BBEE contribution status of the industry partner and possible partnering with a previously disadvantaged university. The industry partner is the applicant and must be a registered legal entity in South Africa in terms of the legislation for companies, close corporations or co-operatives, and is required to have a partnership with at least one South African research institution which can be a Higher Education Institution (HEI), a Science Engineering and Technology Institution (SETI) or a National Research Facility.
THRIP is part of the Incentive Development and Administration Division (IDAD) of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti). A call for applications for financial support is usually made in July of a particular year.