About us


The mission of SHIP is to bring life-saving drugs, vaccines and medical devices to market by acting as a catalyst in the product development of new innovative interventions.

  • Act as a funding agency for leading multidisciplinary projects.
  • MRC fund the infrastructure and salaries
  • Actively manage and coordinate health innovation in South Africa within the strategic disease and technology focus areas.
  • Provide strategic and scientific leadership 
  • Seek to augment gaps in the innovation pipeline by leveraging non-financial resources
  • Use funds flexibility between disease focus areas based on project needs.
  • Ensure that SHIP research is globally aligned and competitive through collaboration with other PDPs, such as MMV, AERAS etc.

Officially launched on the 23rd April 2013, SHIP is a new MRC unit that will:

  • Seek, manage and fund multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional product research, development and innovation projects from discovery to proof-of-concept
  • Enhance the capacity of South African science in the research and development of novel or improved drugs, vaccines and other biologicals, diagnostics and medical devices in the identified priority diseases
  • Facilitate, through partnerships with local universities, science councils and the private sector, the transfer of research outputs into improved health outcomes and/or social benefit
  • Along with its Technology Transfer unit, develop pathways to facilitate the seamless movement of new products and services from the laboratory to the marketplace.

SHIP is a health technology Product Development Partnership, supported by the DST that will:

  • Change the way health research, development and innovation is managed, funded and conducted in SA.
  • Manage the existing DST strategic health innovation initiatives in HIV (SHARP), TB (SATRII), malaria (SAMI), non-communicable diseases (NCDI), Medical Device Innovation Platform (MDIP), the DoH funded SAAVI (and imminently-maternal and child health).
  • Leverage local and international funding by acting as a central conduit for foreign institutions seeking to partner with South African Research agencies.

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Contact Details
2nd Floor Building A, MRC Medicina Campus, Francie van Zijl Drive, Parow Valley, Cape Town
Tel: 021 938 0351; Fax: 021 938 0385; Email: info.ship@mrc.ac.za