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Monday, 21 August 2017
2017 Department of Paediatrics and Child Health Research Days - FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Attached please find the final announcement (and abstract submission form) of the annual Department of Paediatrics and Child Health Research Days to be held on Tue, 31st October and Wed, 01st November 2017. Please note that this event is registered for CPD points.

 

Thursday, 17 August 2017
Saving Brains: Funding Opportunity

Do you have a bold idea to protect and nurture early child development?
 
Saving Brains has launched a new funding opportunity open to applicants in low- and middle-income countries and Canada.
 
With the ultimate goal of increasing human capital and tackling existing inequalities, Saving Brains seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner. Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD over a maximum of 24 months.

Funding is open to innovative solutions that address the risk factors facing children living in adversity by promoting health and nutrition, providing enrichment and nurturing, and protecting against maltreatment.
 
Areas of particular interest include innovations designed for use in humanitarian contexts and fragile settings, innovations that provide supports to adolescent parents, and innovations with demonstrated scale and strong paths to sustainability that have not yet measured impact on child development.
 
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  October 11, 2017, at 3:00 p.m ET

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Call for Poster Abstracts: Provincial Health Research Day 2017

Call for Poster Abstracts and Abstract Guidelines
Provincial Health Research Day 2017:
Population Approaches to Attaining Health Outcomes

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
URC Call for Applications: Visiting Scholars Fund (VSF) and Visiting Lecturers Fund (VLF) Grants

Deadline for Second Round of 2017 Applications: Friday, 15 September 2017

Please send all queries to Robyn Udemans (researchfunding@uct.ac.za

Purpose of the grant

Visiting Scholars Fund (VSF): the purpose of this grant is to bring eminent academics from outside South Africa to UCT. 

Visiting Lecturers Fund (VLF): the purpose of this grant is to bring eminent academics who are based abroad, and who are already in South Africa on other business as well as eminent academics who are employed at other educational institutions within South Africa to UCT.

These Visiting Scholars/Lecturers will be expected to provide an academic stimulus by means of lectures, seminars or similar contributions within the University. Grants contribute towards both travel and subsistence costs, for a maximum of 30 days for Visiting Scholars and a maximum of 7 days for Visiting Lecturers.

Visits integrated into conferences or symposia will not be considered. The visit must provide a stand-alone academic stimulus outside of already planned events.

Eligibility

UCT researchers who are:

  • Permanent and T2 contract (travel must be occurring within contract period) academic staff;
  • Permanent Professional Administrative Support Services (PASS) staff affiliated to an academic department; 
  • 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; and
  • Permanent joint academic staff (excluding registrars).

Please note that T1 contract staff are not eligible to apply for funding.

Submission process

  1. The applicant must use the correct application form Visiting Scholars/Lecturers Fund Application (R&I13) when completing a hard copy, or download the electronic form  from

http://forms.uct.ac.za/ri13.doc.

  1. Applications for visits/lectures retrospective to the application closing date of 15 September 2017 will NOT be considered.
  2. The applicant must ensure that the complete and correctly endorsed application reaches the Research Office on or before the deadline date. 
  3. Applications may be posted (via internal mail) to Research Support Services at the Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray (hard copies) OR e-mailed to researchfunding@uct.ac.za (but not both). Please ensure that you receive an acknowledgement of receipt from the Research Office within two days of the closing date.

Note

After the visit, a brief report must be submitted to this VSF/VLF Committee.

Monday, 14 August 2017
Ethics Training Session

The FHS Research Ethics Office will be hosting an ethics training session to discuss the basic South African legal framework for ethics approval, ethics application submission processes and provides tips on submission (“do’s and don'ts's”).

If you are interested in attending the training session, please contact Mrs. Shuretta Thomas (Shuretta.Thomas@uct.ac.za) by Monday, 14 August 2017 to secure a seat. Further details will follow.

Friday, 11 August 2017
Knowledge Translation Unit PACK Open Day

The PACK programme tackles health systems issues so that primary care practitioners can deliver evidence based care that is policy-aligned and feasible for their setting. Developed by the University of Cape Town Lung Institute’s Knowledge Translation Unit (KTU), it is currently being implemented in collaboration with the BMJ and local role-players in South African, Brazilian and Nigerian public health systems.

As a satellite session to the Global Evidence Summit, the KTU, in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health, invite you to a PACK Open Day at the KTU’s home, the University of Cape Town Lung Institute in Mowbray. You will have the opportunity to attend presentations about the Unit’s guideline development work and implementation research, view displays showcasing the programme’s training and health systems components, participate in PACK interactive training sessions and meet the developers, implementers and researchers of the programme – the KTU and BMJ teams, country localisers, policy makers and end-users.

Register Online

Thursday, 10 August 2017
GCP Courses

The Clinical Research Centre is offering accredited Good Clinical Practices (GCP) Beginner and Refresher courses to UCT staff and students at a subsidised rate!

GCP COURSES: Offered to all UCT staff and students at a subsidised rate.

  • GCP Beginners Course – R2 000 per person, payment to be made in advance please. The cost does not include lunch!
  • GCP Refresher Course – R1 000 per person, payment to be made in advance please. The cost does not include lunch!

Please note, these courses are accredited, and certificates will be issued on completion on the course.

How do I make payment?

Once we have received your registration form, you will be supplied with an invoice, containing all the payment information.

Payment can be made as follows:

  • Journal Transfers - for all UCT Depts.

Please note, payment must be made before attending the course! Kindly submit proof of payment to : crc@uct.ac.za

How do I register?

Please visit our website http://www.crc.uct.ac.za/crc/home to register online for any of the above mentioned courses or click on the following link: CRC courses - electronic registration forms

For further information, please email Faldeelah Fisher at crc@uct.ac.za or call 021 650 1975

Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Clinical Trials Workshop

Thursday, 3 August 2017
Clinical Research Centre - Upcoming courses

Attention all MMEDs and MMED Supervisors!

MMed Research Methods Course:

  • No charge, but a “no show” policy will be instituted if you do not cancel your booking within 48 hours.
  • Only online registrations will be accepted, please register via: CRC courses - electronic registration forms
  • In preparation of the workshop, please enrol for the free, online MOOCS course, via the following link: Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics
  • Please ensure that you arrive at the workshop with a research question/topic in mind.
  • Certificates of attendance will be issued on request, on condition that you have completed the course.
  • Closing date for registrations is 11 August, please be sure to register before then!

MMed Supervisor Courses: “Essentials for the Clinical Research Supervisor”

  • No charge, but a “no show” policy will be instituted if you do not cancel your booking within 48 hours.
  • Only online registrations will be accepted, please register via: CRC courses - electronic registration forms
  • CDP certificates will be issued on request, on condition that you have completed the course.
  • Closing date for registrations is 25 Sept, please be sure to register before then!

Please visit our website http://www.crc.uct.ac.za/crc/home to register online for any of the abovementioned courses or click on the following link: CRC courses - electronic registration forms

For further information, please email Faldeelah Fisher at crc@uct.ac.za or call 021 650 1975

Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Request for Applications: South African Medical Research Council Extramural Research Units

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has released a Request for Applications (RFA) to establish new SAMRC Extramural Research Units (EMUs) in the areas of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, Traumatic Injuries, and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) to complement EMUs already in existence. New Units will be prioritised for funding should they meet specific criteria, e.g. to provide scientific leadership in key research areas, or to investigate important research questions where the need cannot be easily addressed through short-term grant funding.

Funding for the SAMRC EMUs represents a secure, discretionary, financial incentive which is approved in 5-year cycles, for a maximum of 15-years depending on performance, and should facilitate efforts to leverage external research funding. It is expected that any institutional co-funding and the sum of external grants should exceed the amount invested in the Unit by the SAMRC by several-fold. Becoming an SAMRC EMU also provides research institutions with the opportunity to contribute to the development of the next generation of research leaders.

Important internal approval and submission processes:

  • All submissions must be approved by UCT’s DVC for Research
  • Final submission to the SAMRC can only be performed by the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Office (FRO)
  • All applicants will be required to submit a C1 form (with completed and signed FIF) for internal Faculty approval
  • To address the above requirements, the following applies:
    1. Should you wish to apply for SAMRC EMU funding, please indicate your intention to do so by sending an email to david.choveaux@uct.ac.za to allow the FRO to anticipate application volumes
    2. C1 forms must be submitted by 22 September 2017 to c1.finance@uct.ac.za (note: Monday, 25 September 2017 is a public holiday)
    3. Following C1 sign off, the FRO will check and compile each application for submission to the DVC for approval
    4. Signed applications will subsequently be submitted to the SAMRC by the FRO
    5. SAMRC submission deadline: 30 September 2017

Additional information regarding the SAMRC RFA and the appropriate application form can be found here: http://www.mrc.ac.za/funding/extramural2017.htm

Questions regarding the internal submission procedure can be submitted to david.choveaux@uct.ac.za

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