Induction / Refresher Course On Research Contracts, Intellectual Property, Research Funds Management And Administration (RC&I)

Research Contracts and Innovation (RC&I) and the Central Research Finance Office (CRF) invite all new academics / researchers to attend a half day course on Research Contracts, Intellectual Property and Research Fund Management & Administration as it relates to the University of Cape Town.

Note: The course is not exclusively for new staff – all academic staff and research administrators are welcome.



Research Contracts

This session will inform participants about the delegation of authority framework, the pre-award procedures and processes as it relate to research proposals and research-related contracts  as well as  the principles of the “full cost model” on which the project budgets may be based. 

Intellectual Property

Key aspects of the IP policy will be highlighted. An overview of the UCT patenting process will be presented – right from initial intervention disclosure, through the management of the patent portfolio and on to licensing and spin-off business creation. Important requirements of the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed R&D Act (IPR Act) which impact the UCT Research Community on a day to day basis will be discussed; especially relevant background for discussions with potential funders.

Research Fund Management and Administration

The different types of Research Funds on the SAP system will be overviewed (e.g. “spend and claim”) and fund management will be discussed, along with the definition of full cost and preparation of full cost budgets for research, VAT applied in a university environment (0, 7,5 and 15%) and bridging finance.



  • An understanding of the contract approvals process at UCT, as well as levels of contract and authorised signatories
  • An appreciation of the difference types of contract that are entered into, such as Research Contracts, Material Transfer Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements, Consortium Agreements
  • An understanding of the different types of Research Funds, Fund Management, full cost budgets and VAT issues
  • A working knowledge of the UCT Intellectual Property Policy
  • An understanding of forms of intellectual property, and methods for its protection
  • IP ownership and options for commercialisation
  • An overview of the Intellectual Property Rights from Publicly Financed R&D Act



New academic staff and those needing an IP and Contracts ‘refresher’.  Principal Investigators and new Fund Managers.



Seminar Room, RC&I

Parking will be available at CANSA Building.


Please RSVP by Wednesday 18 March 2020 - contact Yandi Sopete ( Tel: 021 650 4317



This course is run by Research Contracts and Innovation. More information can be found at or by contacting Yandi Sopete.

Wed, 25 Mar 2020 -
13:00 to 16:00