Call for Expression of Interest

Call for Expression of Interest

Application fees grant: Registered Technology Transfer Professional designation

Application Deadline: 28 February 2023

Technology Transfer Practitioners are invited to put themselves forward as candidates for professional recognition. The professional recognition application fees will be sponsored for the selected candidates- SADC only (excluding South Africa).

Supported by the Department of Science and Innovation and SADC Secretariat, Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) invites Technology Transfer practitioners from the SADC members states to put themselves forward as candidates for professional recognition. Technology transfer practitioners will be supported to obtain candidate Registered Technology Transfer Professional designation (RTTP) designation through the internationally recognised Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP).

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RTTP is the international professional standard for knowledge transfer and commercialization practitioners working in higher education institutions, industry and government labs. The RTTP framework recognizes demonstrated competence and experience across the breadth of technology transfer, from IP commercialization through to university-business collaboration and start-up company creation.

‘Candidate RTTP’ is a designation that allows entrants to the profession to signal that they are committed to a pathway of training and development and are working towards earning RTTP. It indicates to employers that they are serious about their career and aspire to meet the highest standards. Read more on ATTP

Details on the RTTP application fees grant: Grant will only cover application fees for the Candidate RTTP application.

Qualifying criteria, applicant is:

  • Citizen or legal Permanent Resident from one of the SADC Members states (excluding South Africa) namely: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, eSwatini, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Currently working in a Knowledge Exchange (KE)/Knowledge Transfer (KT)/Technology Transfer (TT) role at a public research institution for a minimum of six (6) months.
  • Preference will be given to SARIMA members/ members of one of the ATTP Alliance Associations

How to apply: Complete the online expression of interest accompanied by supporting documents Submit the 4 supporting documents listed below to with Subject Line: Candidate RTTP Grant- (Applicants first name and surname) List of supporting documents:

1. Brief Curriculum Vitae (CV)
2. Brief motivation of how your current role is aligned to Technology Transfer and Innovation Management and you would use this opportunity to advance your career in Innovation Management and Technology Transfer (ITT) and contribute to the development and advancement of the ITT management structures and processes within your institution
3. Career Aspiration Plan indicating commitment to skills development through training and working with a mentor. Guideline on preparing Career Aspiration plan
4. Brief, signed statement by your line Manager or Director attesting that the documents attached accurately reflect current role in Knowledge Exchange (KE)/Knowledge Transfer (KT)/Technology Transfer (TT).
5. Letter of Employment

Online expression of interest application to be completed and supporting documents to be submitted by 28 February 2023

Process to be expected by applicant:

• Expressions of interests will be reviewed by a SARIMA-selected panel
• Candidates will be selected by the review panel based on the perceived strength of their expression of interest application for subsequent Candidate RTTP online application
• Selected candidates will be requested to complete candidate RTTP application through the the ATTP online application system
• SARIMA will process application fee directly to ATTP on behalf of selected candidate

Enquiries Please direct enquiries to Ms Zimasa Sobuza @