for tomorrow

Innovation Office


The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is a university “for tomorrow” - we nurture innovation, foster creativity, embrace technology, and develop people to meet the challenges of the world of tomorrow. “For tomorrow” also symbolises our commitment to sustainable development - development that meets today’s needs and can be continued into the future.

As part of this commitment to tomorrow, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University actively drives innovation in our city, region and nation.  The Innovation Office, incorporating innovation support as well as technology transfer activities, works with researchers and external partners to create economic benefit for South Africa.


Key activities

The Office has two key activities:

  • Innovation Support:
    • Grant and contract management: The department assists researchers in obtaining and negotiating external research-related grants and contracts.
    • Proposal and business plan development: The department assists researchers in obtaining and negotiating late stage research project investments and contracts.
    • Prototype and proof of concept funding: The department is able to provide some funding for progressing projects towards proof of concept and prototypes where the outcome is likely to be commercialisable IP.
  • Technology Transfer:
    • Intellectual Property: The department conducts intellectual property awareness courses and short presentations with researchers and post graduates; provides guidance to researchers on the thinking process of innovation while conducting research; and encourages researchers to disclose their inventions.
    • IP identification and protection: The department ensures that protectable innovations generated NMMU researchers acquire the appropriate protection.
    • IP management: The department monitors and manages the NMMU’s IP portfolio and is responsible for the administration of the IP Policy. Inventors are actively engaged in the process of progressing IP towards registration and commercialisation.
    • IP commercialisation: The department facilitates the license or assignment of the NMMU’s IP to the NMMU’s wholly owned company, Innovolve (Pty) Ltd.



Innovation Office
Tel: +27 41 504 4309

Contact information
Mrs Elsa Van Wyk
Tel: 27 41 504 4309