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Monday, 16 October 2017
Call: FHS Research Equipment Infrastructure Grants

Faculty of Health Sciences – Research Equipment Infrastructure Grants

Deadline for Applications to Departmental Research Committees (DRC): 31 October 2017


The Faculty Equipment Committee (FEC) seeks to advance and extend the research equipment infrastructure of the Faculty of Health Sciences, aligned with the research strategies of the Faculty and Departments. The purpose of this round of grants is to provide co-funding to research groups for single items of research equipment that do not qualify for equipment funding awards from the University Equipment Committee (UEC) or the Academic Computing Committee. This may include, but is not limited to, items such as handheld data collection devices, freezers, centrifuges, laminar flow hoods, autoclaves, and incubators. Broadly speaking, this category includes any essential research equipment that is classified as 'infrastructure' by the UEC or that is below the UEC funding threshold of R100, 000.

  • Only applications for single items of equipment that are expressly driven by the needs of research will be considered.
  • Applications must be ranked and endorsed by the applicant’s Departmental Research Committee (DRC) prior to submission to the Faculty Equipment Committee.
  • Applicants must provide a minimum contribution of at least 10% of the total cost of the equipment.
  • The maximum award from the Faculty Equipment Committee is R100, 000.
  • Funding is competitive and is limited by the total available Faculty Equipment Committee budget of R400, 000.


Applicants must hold an academic or joint appointment in the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences and are limited to one application per round.

Criteria for selection: 

Awards will be made on a competitive basis.

Applications will be reviewed by the Faculty Equipment Committee and ranked based on the strength of the research need (including benefit to student and postdoc projects), alignment with the Faculty research strategy & DRC ranking.

Preference will be given to applicants who are within 5 years of appointment at UCT.

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted on the template provided on the next page. Please send complete applications signed by both the applicant and the Chair of the relevant Departmental Research Committee to

  • The application form must be accompanied by at least two recent quotes or a motivation for a single quote.

Award Conditions:

  • Applicant/Head of Department must provide a 10% contribution.
  • The FEC will not be responsible for currency differences caused by delays in purchasing equipment.
  • In the event that there is a saving due to currency differences, excess funds must be returned to the FEC.
  • Copies of the invoices of the final amounts must be submitted to the Faculty Research Office.
  • Any awarded funds that are unspent at the end of 2018 must be returned to the FEC.


  • Applications to reach the Departmental Research Committee Representative: 31 October 2017
  • Departmental Research Committees to submit prioritised applications to the FEC for review: 3 November 2017
  • Funding outcome to Departmental Research Committee Representatives: 10 November 2017

Please note that applicants should liaise directly with the Faculty Research Office (Tel: 406 6087) if there are any queries on this award.

Monday, 16 October 2017
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Monday, 16 October 2017
Data strengthening workshop for early research career

Participants are cordially invited to a workshop entitled: Improving research data to inform better treatment of poverty related infectious diseases

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered by the Newton Fund, together with the British Council, the World-Wide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN), Oxford University (United Kingdom), Strathmore University (Kenya) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) (South Africa), will be hosting a workshop on the above topic in Nairobi, Kenya on the 23 – 26th January 2018.

The workshop is being coordinated by Prof Philippe Guerin (WWARN/Oxford University), Prof Bernhards Ogutu (Strathmore University) and Prof K Barnes (University of Cape Town).

We are now inviting early career researchers from the UK, South Africa or Kenya to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme. The application form, with more details on the initiative is attached and should be sent to before the deadline of 30th October 2017.

In addition to the funding secured from the Newton Fund, funding from WHO TDR will allow a small number of applicants from countries other than the UK, Kenya and South Africa to apply; interested early career researchers from other countries are encouraged to apply using the same application process detailed below.

Monday, 16 October 2017
Postdoctoral Fellowship Advertisement: UCT HIV-TB Immunology Group


Kindly circulate this advert to potential applicants in your institution.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP in the UCT HIV-TB Immunology Group - a group of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine

(IDM), UCT. Candidates must have obtained their PhD degree within 5 years and have not held any permanent academic or professional posts.

This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting, active research team involved in understanding aspects of HIV pathogenesis. The successful applicant will be involved in conducting research within the two areas that the lab focuses on, namely investigating cellular mechanisms contributing to the development of broadly neutralizing antibodies in HIV infection, as well as studying HIV-TB co-infection, and how HIV affects the immune response to TB. Research in the laboratory is funded by the South African Medical Research Council (SHIP programme) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). More information on the lab is available at

In addition to the research to be carried out, and as part of the candidate’s professional

development, the successful candidate will be required to:

• Drive project objectives

• Implement laboratory work to contribute to the objectives of the research

• Compile and analyse immunological data

• Publish results in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and through conference presentation

The successful candidate will have:

• A PhD in immunology or related area

• Relevant experience in an immunology laboratory, including working with clinical samples

• Experience in advanced flow cytometry

• Good organization and management skills

• Knowledge of HIV and TB would be desirable

• Computer literacy and a good breadth of data and statistical analysis tools

The fellowship is for one year, and renewal for a second year is possible subject to satisfactory academic progress and availability of funds.

The value of the fellowship is R 220,000 to R 275,000 per annum (dependent on experience) and an application will be made to SARS for tax-exemption by the University on behalf of the successful

candidate. The successful incumbent must comply with the University's approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

Please forward: a letter of application, your CV including a list of publications, and the names,

email/telephone details of two academic referees to: A/Prof Wendy Burgers, Institute of Infectious

Disease & Molecular Medicine and Division of Virology, University of Cape Town,

Level 3, Falmouth Building, Anzio Road, Observatory, 7925 by 10 November 2017;


NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We reserve the right to change the conditions of the award or to make no award at all.

Thursday, 12 October 2017
Call for applications: Australia Awards Post-Doctoral Fellowships 2017/2018

A representative from Australia Awards, Eddah Jowah, wishes to meet with prospective applicants to answer any questions people might have regarding the Australia Awards Post-doctoral Fellowships. Should you be interested to meet with her, please note the meeting details below:

Date: 19 October 2017

Time: 09.30 – 11.30  

Venue: Seminar Room, Research Office

RSVP to Fikiswa Matoti ( by 17 October 2017


CLOSING DATE: 30 November 2017

UCT academics / researchers who are citizens of Botswana; Ghana; Kenya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mauritius; Mozambique; Nigeria; South Africa; Tanzania; or Zambia are now invited to apply for an Australia Awards Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Fellowships will be up to 2 years in total, comprised of research components in both Australia and South Africa but limited to 12 months in Australia. This Australian component of the award will be fully funded by the Program.

Some of the eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • An applicant must be a citizen of an eligible African country (i.e. Botswana; Ghana; Kenya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mauritius; Mozambique; Nigeria; South Africa; Tanzania; Zambia)
  • An applicant must be affiliated to the University of Cape Town in an academic/research capacity
  • An applicant must be at least 25 and not more than 50 years of age at the date of application
  • Host institution in Australia must be a member of the AAUN (i.e. Curtin University; Griffith University; Monash University; Murdoch University; The University of Melbourne; The University of Newcastle; The University of New South Wales; The University of Sydney; The University of Western Australia; and Western Sydney University)
  • Have been conferred a PhD
  • Field of research must be aligned to Science & Technology, Agricultural Productivity and/or Health
  • Must be able to commence their program in the academic year 2018

Application guidelines can be viewed at

For any enquiries please email

Thursday, 12 October 2017
Travel grant for Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Postgrads and postdocs:

Call for grant to attend 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Physiology/Medicine

Successful candidates will receive a travel grant from ASSAf to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting. The grant covers return air ticket, ground transport, visa costs, accommodation and meals for the participant for the duration of the meeting.

For more information see the attached call and application form.

Deadline: 20 October 2017

Thursday, 12 October 2017
Fellowships: Fogarty Global Health Training Program

The Fogarty Global Health Training Program offers opportunities in global health research training for pre- and post-doctoral candidates from the U.S. and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs), sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program supports specific areas of interest in HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases, mental health, and maternal and child health and nutrition.

Thursday, 5 October 2017
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Research Training Grant (FHS postgraduates)


Health Sciences Faculty Research Committee (FRC)

Invitation to apply for Postgraduate Research Training Grant

Submission deadline 31 October 2017

The Faculty Research Committee (FRC) has committed a budget to strategic research support awards to assist postgraduate research related projects. The intention of this award is to assist Principal Investigators to support a postgraduate related research project(s) with the vision to help fulfil the successful completion of both the project(s) and the postgraduate degree(s).

Award information: Award type: Research Training grant to assist completion of a postgraduate student research related project(s).

Value and allowable costs:

A maximum award of R30 000 towards research costs.

Research costs requested may include research consumables, other research related expenses and a contribution to the stipend of the postgraduate student.


Application for the funding must be made by the Principal Investigator (academic or research staff member in the Faculty of Health Sciences) who is the supervisor of the postgraduate student(s) (including any postgraduate degree involving a research component – Honours, MSc, PhD, MMed, etc) conducting the relevant research project(s). 

Principal Investigators can apply for funds to support multiple students’ projects in one application, but are limited to one application per Principal Investigator.

Criteria for selection:

Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the FRC.

Awards will be made on a competitive basis; the main criteria is financial need such that the award will allow promising students to successfully accomplish their research projects towards the degree.

The application must provide a strong motivation as to why additional research related funding (additional expenses not anticipated at the start of the project) is needed to successfully complete the project(s). Students must be registered in the Faculty of Health Sciences or for a degree that has a Health Sciences Faculty Departmental Course code.

In the case of requests for a stipend contribution for the postgraduate student, a clear justification as to why the student has been unable to obtain sufficient funding for 2017 must be provided.

How payment is made:

Payment will be made into the Principal Investigator’s fund.


A brief report of the activities supported by the award and a financial report needs to be submitted to the Faculty Research Committee

by the 31 December 2017.

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted on the template provided on the next page. Send complete applications signed by both the Principal Investigator (Supervisor) and the Head of Department to

Please note that supervisors (not postgraduate students) must liaise directly with the Faculty Research Office (Tel: 406 6087) if there are any queries on this award.

Thursday, 5 October 2017
FHS-Start up Grant Emerging Researchers Application form 2017

Call for Applications

Faculty of Health Sciences – Start-up Emerging Researcher Awards

Deadline for Submission to Departmental Research Committee (DRC): 31 October 2017

Emerging researchers up to the level of Senior Lecturer or equivalent, who have been appointed in the Faculty of Health Sciences within the last 12 months, are invited to submit applications for a Faculty of Health Sciences Start-up Emerging Researcher Awards.

The Faculty has made available funding for four (4) awards of R100,000 each.

The purpose of the award is to support such emerging researchers to start up their research in preparation for fund raising from external agencies. Supported activities include generation of preliminary data, fieldwork, consumables, purchase of small equipment, incentives for research participants, and statistical advice.

Interested staff members are required to liaise with their Head of Departments and submit the following:

  1. Completed application form,
  2. Research proposal (max 1 page) and a budget not exceeding R100,000,
  3. List of publications, and
  4. Record of postgraduate student supervision.

Emerging researchers who are not eligible but feel that their application should be considered need to submit a letter of motivation with their application.

Applications need to be endorsed by the Head of Department of the applicant.

Completed and endorsed applications must be submitted electronically to the Departmental Research Committee by 31 October 2017. Hard copies will not be accepted.

If there are more than one (1) application from a department, Heads of Departments need to submit a ranking of the applications from their department to Carlette Hlungwani by 2 November 2017. Up to two applications may be submitted per department.

It is envisaged that awards will be made available by 15 November 2017.


  • Applicants must hold at least a Master’s or MBChB degree.
  • Applicants must hold an academic or joint appointment.
  • Awards may not be used for student scholarships.
  • Awards may not be used for conference travel and attendance.
  • A brief report of the activities supported by the award and a financial report needs to be submitted to the Faculty Research Office to Committee by email to by 31 December 2017.
Thursday, 5 October 2017
NRF Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers Communiqué

To the UCT Research Community, including all researchers holding a rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF)

Dear Researcher

We have received the attached communiqué from the NRF, which we bring to your attention. The University recognizes the extensive financial impact of the proposed changes in the Incentive Funding Programme, and the bearing on your research projects and productivity. 

This matter will be brought to the attention of the University Research Committee (URC) as a matter of priority, to explore possibilities for the future, especially in the context of ongoing financial constraints both institutionally and nationally.

You will notice that at the same time, the NRF has opened the next rating cycle. We encourage all researchers (both new and re-evaluants) to submit an application, which will allow rated researchers to still apply through the NRF’s competitive funding programmes.

Specific queries relating to the attached communiqué should be sent to


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

DVC Research and Internationalisation