For the past decade, the JTT has awarded grants to the value of R500 000 to several small research projects each year. In the past six years, an amount of R100 000 has also been set aside for an annual Innovation Grant. In 2021, it was agreed that the full amount of R 500 000 would be awarded to one larger project on Regional Innovation Systems (RISs). This decision was in line with the JTT’s adoption of a more strategic approach to the partnership.
The 2021 CHEC / WCG grant was awarded to Dr J. Becker and his team from UWC and SU for a multiphase project that will investigate global and local RISs, develop a model for the WCG for further review by experts, and consider the RIS sectors with the highest potential in the provincial economy.
CHEC is in the process of developing a repository for project reports.