2023 Open Call for Technology Transfer Partners

The South African Sanitation Technology Enterprise Programme (SASTEP) is an initiative funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), with the Water Research Commission (WRC) providing programme implementation and support services. The programme aims to foster a local sanitation industry (manufacturing and services) that would increase access to improved sanitation, reduce pollution, improve water security, create economic opportunities – job and contribute to the country’s GDP. The programme is aligned to the National Development Plan, DWS’ National Water and Sanitation Master Plan and the dtic’s Water and Sanitation Industrialization Master Plan

As part of this disruptive sanitation space we are seeking to establish a database of potential and interested technology transfer partners who would wish to invest, participate and drive a new industry and economy. Selected technology transfer partners will be matched with innovative sanitation solutions and technologies that are ready for commercialisation and will be supported to develop commercialisation strategies and revenue models that will assist with attracting funding for localisation and manufacturing. The call is seeking to identify capable technology transfer partners that meet required criteria (See the Call for more details):


Applicants should download the questionnaire from the WRC website (The Calls are on WRC Website under Proposals > Research Opportunities > Open and Special Calls, ) Completed questionnaire to be submitted to: by no later than Tuesday, 28th February 2023 by close of business (16h00). Late applications will not be considered.


Email Submissions:
Queries: Phillip Majeke –