Research Noticeboard

Faculty Research Office
Thursday, 22 June 2017
2018 Canada Gairdner International Award - Call for Nominations

These prestigious awards recognize and reward outstanding biomedical scientists who have made breakthrough discoveries and original contributions to biomedicine. The goal of the Foundation is to contribute through research to increased understanding of human biology and disease. The Gairdner celebrates and inspires the scientific research process with winners spanning the world.

You are invited to nominate qualified scientists from any branch of biomedicine for the 2018 Canada Gairdner International Award. All nominations are submitted through the Gairdner Nominations Portal, accessible via The individual serving as the primary nominator will create a nominator profile on the site, which allows them to submit a nomination. The deadline is October 1, 2017. The award normally recognizes an original, seminal contribution or discovery rather than a lifetime's work and is valued at $100,000 CDN. Nominations in the fields of translational and clinical research are welcome.

Attached you will find relevant information about Canada Gairdner International Awards, e.g., nomination procedure, conditions, deadlines and selection process. For more information and to see past laureates please visit our website:

We appreciate your time and look forward to receiving your nomination(s).

Should you have any questions and/or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

With best wishes,

Shamira Furman

Research Officer

MaRS Centre, Heritage Building

101 College Street, Suite 335

Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L7

Office: (416) 596-9996 ext. 206

Thursday, 22 June 2017
2017 Department of Paediatrics and Child Health Research Days

The first announcement (and abstract submission form) of the annual Department of Paediatrics and Child Health Research Days to be held on Tue, 31 October and Wed, 1 November 2017. Please note that this event is registered for CPD points.


Monday, 19 June 2017
MPhil in Public Mental Health: Call for Applications

Call for applications for the MPhil in Public Mental Health for 2018 offered by the Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH), a joint initiative of the Psychology Department at Stellenbosch University and the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town.

AMARI (African Mental Health Research Initiative) is offering fellowships to candidates from partner countries (Ethiopia, South Africa,  Malawi, and Zimbabwe) to complete the MPhil in Public Mental Health in 2018. See attached documents for further information.

The due date for applications is 1 September 2017.


MPhil 2018 call
MPhil Application Form 2018
MPhil Referee Report 2018



Monday, 19 June 2017
AMARI PhD Fellowships: Call for applications for 2018

The African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI) scholarships funded by the UK Wellcome Trust have been established to provide support for two PhD students to join the team in the Centre for Public Mental Health, in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town.

Although the topic is of the successful Fellows’ choice, AMARI aims to create a sustainable career pipeline for these researchers with emphasis on integrating MNS research into existing programmes such as HIV/AIDS, and maternal and child health. Priority will be given to applicants who show evidence of leadership potential in the field. Although applicants from any of the four participating countries will be considered (Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Malawi & South Africa), we encourage applications from South Africans from previously disadvantaged communities. Please see document attached for further details.

Deadline for Applications:  Friday 15 September 2017

Call for applications
Application form

Many thanks

A/Prof Katherine Sorsdahl
Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health
Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health
University of Cape Town
46 Sawkins Road, Rondebosch, 7700

Monday, 5 June 2017
Anti-Doping Research Grants Available

Pre-applications due July 1, 2017
Visit to apply

The PCC is an anti-doping research collaborative which supports the scientific advancement of anti-doping technology through grant funding. 

Who may apply:
The PCC supports investigators world-wide whose scientific research has the potential for meaningful contribution to the detection or deterrence of performance enhancing drug use, and the protection of clean athletes. Previous grants have been awarded to both anti-doping scientists and those outside the field interested in contributing their acumen to solving pervasive anti-doping challenges. Past recipients hail from academia, industry, and/or research laboratories. 

The PCC Fellowship Program specifically seeks young PhDs looking to explore a career track in anti-doping through expert mentorship and real-world experience in a WADA-Accredited laboratory. The program offers $150,000 over two years to support accepted candidates. 

Eligible Projects: 
Projects discovering less expensive or less invasive sample collection methods, improving current detection methods, and/or detecting designer substances are all excellent candidates for PCC funding. However, all high quality scientific projects which move the anti-doping movement forward will be considered. There are no formal funding limits; however, all budget items must be justified to result in a recommendation for funding. The average amount of a PCC award is $202,000 USD. 

Please visit our research priorities web page for a full list of our current priorities, or email Jenna Celmer at to discuss a specific project. 

How to apply: 
Visit to get started. New users will need to create an account before beginning their pre-application. 

What is a pre-application? 
The PCC pre-application is designed to gather high level information on a project before an investigator submits the full, more time intensive application. The length of the pre-application is approximately two pages. Once a project is deemed eligible for PCC funding through the pre-application process, investigators will be notified by email and will have until August 1st to submit full applications. 

Click here to learn more about the information gathered during the
pre-application process.  

How long do funding decisions take? 
Our typical turn around time for funding decisions is 4 months from submission of the pre-application. Historically, 33% of applications result in PCC funding. 

Click here to learn more about the PCC's funding process and timeline. 

I have more questions: 
Please email Jenna Celmer, who is happy to help via

Monday, 5 June 2017
TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship: 2017 Call for Applications

TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world,, is now accepting applications for the TWAS Research and Advanced Training Fellowship programme. 

The fellowships are offered to scientists from developing countries and are tenable at centres of excellence in various developing countries. 

Eligible fields include one or more of the following: agricultural and biological sciences, medical and health sciences, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, space and earth sciences, mathematics and physics. 

Please see for the latest information regarding the above programme, including eligibility criteria, guidelines, etc. 

Women scientists are especially encouraged to apply. The closing date is 1 October 2017.

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) - for the advancement of science in developing countries 
c/o ICTP - Strada Costiera 11 - 34151 Trieste - ITALY
Phone: +39-040-2240-330  -  Fax: +39-040-2240-689
E-mail:   -   Web: -
Thursday, 25 May 2017
NRF funding applications: UCT Data management plans and costs for ICTS research storage

To all applicants to NRF funding instruments

As you may be aware, the NRF introduced an Open Access mandate in 2015 that includes a research data management requirement. With this, the NRF allows costs for data storage in the budget for research funding.

Please note that ICTS does not provide free data storage space. You are strongly encouraged to include costs for data storage space in your application.

1) Costs for Storage Space

Secure storage of research data is made available locally at current prices:


Cost per month


1 year

R240 per terabyte

Payable upfront for 1 year or part thereof

3 years

R180 per terabyte

Payable upfront for 3 years

Please contact UCT eResearch for more options on storage requirements exceeding 3 years; and for further information on the research data management requirements of the NRF.

2) Data Management Plan

For purposes of the immediate NRF funding application process, researchers are advised that an online tool is available to create a research data management plan. Until such time that the NRF release a dedicated template for their required  plan, researchers are advised to make use of the generic UCT template provided:

Thursday, 18 May 2017
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Brain Behaviour Unit (BBU)

The Brain Behaviour Unit (BBU) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the areas of psychiatric neurogenetics, neuroimaging, or neuro-development.

Thursday, 11 May 2017
Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship

The Scholarship will be awarded to a clinical specialist or subspecialist for doctoral or post-doctoral research to be conducted
in South Africa or abroad. The scholarship will be awarded for a 3 (three) year period as a salary for full-time doctoral or post-doctoral research work in a chosen field. 

Thursday, 9 February 2017
URC Short Research Visit (SRV) / Short Research Course (SRC) Grants

URC call for applications
Deadline for First Round of 2017 Applications:
Friday, 17 March 2017
Please send all queries to Paul Dantu
(Contact details:, tel: 021 650 1954) 
Please Note that there will only be two calls for 2017:

  • First Deadline: 17 March 2017; and
  • Second Deadline: 26 July 2017 

Purpose of the grant
The purpose of this URC funding is to contribute to UCT’s research output and profile. These grants are intended to support staff wishing to make short research visits or to attend short research courses abroad for no longer than TWO months to enhance their research productivity.  The visit/course attendance must be embedded within the ambit of the applicant’s research endeavours.
Applications are highly competitive and funding is currently limited to a maximum of R 20,000 per application.
UCT researchers who are: 

  • Permanent academic staff;
  • Honorary Research Associates; Emeritus Professors; Emeritus Associate Professors; Honorary Professors; Honorary Associate Professors and Senior Research Scholars who have published in accredited, subsidy-earning publications in the past year; 
  • Joint permanent academic staff (excluding registrars); and
  • Contract staff employed on academic conditions of service and who have published in accredited, subsidy-earning publications in the past year. Preference will be given to contract staff with valid NRF ratings.   

Track records in the training of post-graduate students and accredited publications are advantages.
Submission process
1.   The applicant must use the correct application form (SRV: R&I24 form) downloaded from
2.   The applicant must ensure that the complete and correctly endorsed application reaches the Research Office on or before the deadline date. Under NO circumstances will the deadline be extended.
3.   Applications for visits/courses attended retrospective to the application closing date of 17 March 2017 will NOT be considered.
4.   Hard copies may be posted to the Research Office, Research Grants Management Cluster , 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray OR e-mailed to  (but not both) on or before deadline date. Please ensure that you receive an acknowledgement of receipt within two days of the closing date.
Please note
After the visit, a brief report must be submitted to the Committee (see R&I22 form) accessible at