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Monday, 10 December 2018
Call for nominations now open: NSTF- South32 Awards 2018/2019

Call for nominations now open: NSTF-South32 Awards 2018/2019 

Register nominations online by 14 December 2018!

UCT Research Office strongly encourages eligible UCT academics to participate in these awards.

Deadlines for the two-stage nomination process:

Stage 1 – Deadline: 14 December 2018

Register your nomination online by 12:00 on this day.

Forward the confirmation of your nomination to


Previous winners can be nominated based on new or different work (Please see attached list of previous winners).

Stage 2 – Final Deadline: 1 March 2019 (Deadline for the completed nomination documents to reach the NSTF)

If assistance is required with reviewing nomination documentation, please send the research office your final draft documents by Friday 15 February 2019.




The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) calls for nominations for the 21st NSTF-South32 Awards. These prestigious awards focus on science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation.
Special Annual Theme Award: The NSTF’s theme for 2019 is the ‘International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements’ (#IYPT2019), as declared by the United Nations (UN). Aligned with this, the Special Annual Theme Award for 2018/2019 will be made for an outstanding contribution to materials for inclusive economic development.

Register nominations for individuals, teams and organisations for an outstanding contribution to SET and innovation in South Africa: The contributions recognised are in the following broad areas.

  • Scientific research
  • Management of SET and innovation
  • Capacity building in engineering research
  • Research and innovation towards the Green Economy
  • Water management solutions
  • Data for research
  • Innovations and their research and/or development
  • Communication and creating awareness of SET and Innovation
  • Technology transfer activities, as well as education and training through a non-governmental organisation (NGO)
  • Materials for inclusive economic development, through the 2018/2019 Special Annual Theme Award

There are a few changes to categories and criteria this year.

  1. Special Annual Theme Award: The NSTF is making a special theme award this year for a contribution to SET and innovation for materials for inclusive economic development. This is in recognition of the UN’s celebration of the ‘2019 International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements’. The theme provides a focus on research in Materials Science and the development of materials to support relevant aspects of economic development in South Africa. The scope could include:
    • All areas of science, engineering, mining and agriculture, where new materials have been developed, including new uses or combinations of the elements
    • New applications or reconfigurations of older applications directed towards improvement in South Africa’s economic growth
    • New developments in industry, particularly for job creation and the alleviation of poverty

The work can be theoretical or practical. It should include analyses of the approximate or relative costs involved to establish or maintain an industry based on the materials being researched.

  1. Communication award for outreach and communicating awareness of SET and innovation within the last 5 years: note that a leaning towards professional science communicators will apply.
  2. Innovation awards: We introduced a major change to the Innovation Category last year and continue to do so this year, with greater emphasis on ‘innovation’. These awards are now called the ‘Awards for Innovations and their research and/or development’ over the last 5 to 10 years through either an SMME or a corporate organisation.
  3. Research categories: The time periods for each category are now clearly anchored to the commencement of the research. We continue to have no requirement for a PhD. All research categories are now open to anyone currently involved in research. We have continued with the strengthened focus on the further development of outputs towards innovations.

A transformed country where SET and innovation contribute to a high quality of life for all who live in South Africa, where the profile of SET professionals is representative of the population’s profile and where the education system is effective, particularly in terms of performance in SET subjects and promoting innovation.

 The NSTF Awards are one of the ways in which the NSTF strives to realise its vision.

This is a two-stage nomination process:

Stage 1 – Register a nomination by 14 December 2018

  • Please note that registering a nominee is only the beginning of the two-stage nomination process. When you register a nominee, the NSTF Office will respond with the official category nomination form to be completed by 1 March 2019 (Stage 2).
  • Notify the nominee that you intend to nominate him/her/them (team/organisation). Ensure that you receive their agreement to participate.
  • Complete and submit the online registration. The nominee will receive an email notification confirming receipt of your registration and the NSTF Office will respond with the full nomination form/s as an attachment to complete. Please alert the NSTF Office at should you (the nominee) not receive this notification and the relevant forms.


Stage 2 – Submit completed nomination documents by 1 March 2019

  • Ensure that the fully-completed nomination form/s are emailed to the NSTF before the final deadline and that you receive a confirmation from the NSTF Office.

Please note that planning and time are required to complete the nomination document. Hence there is a 11-week period (December to March) provided for this preparation.

Full title of categories: All the awards are ‘For an outstanding contribution to science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation…’ (The complete title of each award starts with this wording in place of “contribution”.)

 1. Individual Awards

  1. Lifetime Award – contribution over a lifetime up to 15 years or more
  2. TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Researcher – contribution through research and its outputs over a period from 6 years up to 15 years of research work from the commencement of the research career, predominantly in South Africa
  3. TW Kambule-NSTF Awards: Emerging Researcher – contribution through research and its outputs over a period of up to 6 years of research work from the commencement of the research career, predominantly in South Africa
  4. Management Award – contribution through management and related SET and innovation activities over the last 5 to 10 years in South Africa

 2. Engineering Research Capacity Development Awards – contribution by an individual 
 over the last 5 to 10 years

 3. The Green Economy Research and Innovation Award – contribution by an individual 
 or an organisation towards achieving biodiversity conservation, environmental 
 sustainability and a greener economy over the last 5 to 10 years 

 4. NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award – contribution by an individual or an   organisation to SET in South Africa towards sustainable water management, knowledge 
 generation and solutions over the last 5 to 10 years

 5. Data for Research Award – contribution by an individual or a team for advancing the 
 availability, management and use of data for research

 6. Innovation Awards

  1. Award for Innovations and their research and/or development – contribution by an individual or a team through a corporate organisation over the last 5 to 10 years
  2. Award for Innovations and their research and/or development – contribution by an individual or a team through a small, medium or micro enterprise (SMME) over the last 5 to 10 years

 7. Communication Award – contribution for outreach and creating awareness of SET and 
 innovation by a team or individual over the last 5 years

 8. Non-governmental Organisation Award – contribution including technology transfer,   
 and education and training activities over the last 5 to 10 years

 9. Special Annual Theme Award 2018/2019: Materials for inclusive economic 
 development (awarded according to criteria in any of the categories above)



Thursday, 6 December 2018
NRF Call For Applications Research And Technology Fund (RTF) - 2019



UCT internal deadline - Monday, 21 January 2019, 09h00

 Please direct all queries to Robyn Udemans (


Due to limited funding, only one proposal per applicant will be approved for funding and a maximum of three projects per institution will be funded for a three-year period (2019-2021)



The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has established the Research and Technology Fund (RTF) as a vehicle to optimise DAFF’s investment in research and improve coordination of efforts within the research system. The National Agricultural Research and Development Strategy was a key guiding document for the establishment of the RTF.


The RTF aims to contribute to the following strategic goals:

  • Improve the funding mechanism for research and innovation;
  • Develop capacity building and research partnerships;
  • Develop new technologies to support small-holder cooperatives in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, technically and in terms of market requirements; and
  • Conduct commodity-specific research to support improved products in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries sectors.



2.1   Co-funding Model (CoFM)

Each successful CoFM application will be funded to a maximum total of R1.5mil for a three-year period (2019 – 2021).


The CoFM research topics and areas will primarily be directed by the industrial partners who will also be co-funding. The core purpose of CoFM is to promote public-private partnerships in research and development. It will provide a collaborative platform for government to address challenges faced by industry in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries sectors and to improve the funding mechanism for research and innovation. Under this mechanism mandatory monetary contribution from the industry being at least 20 - 50% of the project budget, will be required as a condition for funding, and no in-kind contribution will be matched. Funding priority will be given to projects that benefit the disadvantaged communities.

It is of utmost importance that applicants consult the attached Framework and Application Guide for more detailed information about the funding criteria and rules (pages 2-8) and the Assessment scorecard (Annexure 1). 


2.2   Competitive Funding Model (CompFM)

Only researchers from Historically Disadvantaged Institutions (HDIs) OR a Science Council OR a Provincial Department of Agriculture Research Station/Centre are eligible to apply as lead PIs for this funding model. UCT researchers can therefore only be included as Co-investigators/Research Associates/Collaborators in proposals submitted by other eligible institutions.

Each successful CompFM application will be funded to a maximum total of R750 000 for a three-year period (2019 – 2021).

No co-funding is required in this funding model, but research projects must be informed by the DAFF priorities. CompFM will consider supporting projects that will be carried out by public research institutions/universities, based on transformation ideals, technologies suitable for small-holder producers, etc. Extensive collaboration is important for projects funded under this mechanism.



The following items will be funded within both funding models:




Research Consumables

  • Materials
  • Supplies
  • Small equipment


Personnel costs (Excludes current employees of the institutions involved in the project. The motivation for these costs must be clearly presented in the funding proposal.)


  • Research Assistants remuneration
  • Technical, scientific, personnel


Travel costs

  • Local travel: to present a paper at a conference or visiting of project collaborators. The cost may not exceed 10% of the project cost.
  • International travel: for events, including workshops, conferences and visiting experts and/or centres of specialization which are essential for the project. A maximum amount of R60, 000 per project per annum, and only for the principal and co-investigators.
  • Local accommodation: costs should not exceed a 3* establishment
  • Subsistence: costs should be aligned, and be in compliance with the financial policies of the Research Institution that incurs the expenditure




BURSARIES (Please see annexure 2 for the equity and nationality ratios. Each project must have at least two postgraduate level student participants.)


Final year undergraduate/Honours/BTech student assistantships


R60 000 p.a. (1 year)



R90 000 p.a. (2 years)



R120 000 p.a. (3 year)




Postdoctoral Research Fellows

On nomination




UCT researchers are eligible to apply as the Principal Investigator (for the CoFM model only) provided that they:

  • Have experience and qualification in Agriculture, Forestry or Fisheries research,
  • Have capacity to supervise students at postgraduate level
  • Are permanent, full-time UCT employees


  • On a full-time contract at UCT, on condition that the applicant’s appointment is for at least the duration of the project applied for in the submission (January 2019 – December 2021). If the applicant’s contract is not valid for the required period then a letter from the Head of Department confirming that the contract is likely to be extended, should the funding be awarded, must be attached to the application.


  • Retired academics / researchers provided that they meet all set criteria below:
    • Are active researchers resident in South Africa;
    • Are formally affiliated to UCT (e.g. appointed as an Emeritus Professor, Honorary Research Associate / Professor)
    • Are active researchers with a distinguished track record in research and postgraduate student supervision;
    • Are actively mentoring / training postgraduate students / young research staff; and
    • A minimum of six months is spent at UCT for the purpose of research and research capacity development.


To advance DAFF and sector transformation ideals priority will be given to historically disadvantaged South Africans.


Postdoctoral fellows, students, technical and support staff are NOT eligible to apply.



Applications must be submitted online at

  • Register / Login using your ID number and password;
  • From the menu on the top left and hover over ‘My applications’ and click on ‘Create application’. Then click on the plus (+) sign next to ‘Research and Technology Fund 2019’.
  • Update your CV (student supervision record, research outputs and contact details, etc.). This is an important step as the CV is considered during the assessment process, and incomplete or outdated data will disadvantage your application;
  • Complete the application (compulsory fields and sections are indicated by a red asterisk *)
  • Attach the following compulsory document:
  • CoFM:  a letter from the industry partner(s) in which they confirm their participation and their approval/support of the application, commit to co-funding and indicate their anticipated benefit from the proposed project.
  • Note: The Partner Principle Investigator Section is compulsory and will only be marked as complete once the Industry partner(s) have confirmed their participation in the project. A link will be sent to them automatically from the NRF system once their details have been entered and saved to the section.
  • Click on the submit button once your application has been completed.


Please be advised that the UCT Research Office may not review applications that are submitted after UCT’s internal closing date – Monday, 21 January at 09h00.


The NRF system will close on Wednesday, 30 January at 23:59 and no applications can be submitted after this deadline.


Date Management Plan in the ‘Details of Research” Section:

The National Research Foundation has adopted and given permission for the DCC Checklist for Data Management Plan to be used as a guide for developing a Data Management Plan (DMP) which is available here: or, alternatively, please see the following UCT webpage for more information about Research Data Management planning including a link to UCT’s online data management planning tool (DMPonline).


Monday, 3 December 2018
Call for Applications : AFRIKA KOMMT! Fellowship Programme 2019-2021

AFRIKA KOMMT! is an initiative of leading German enterprises for future leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa. The fellowship programme aims at highly qualified young professionals and junior executives from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with several years of work experience, strong leadership qualities and a high level of commitment and dedication.  
At the heart of the programme is an eight-month internship in a German enterprise, allowing the participants: - to gain first-hand practical experience in a leading German enterprise  - to be exposed to leadership concepts and management techniques in practice  - to become acquainted with working processes and business culture in German enterprises  - to extend their international management competencies  - to initiate networks of cooperation between Sub-Saharan Africa and German companies  
QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIRED EXPERIENCE  - University degree in one of the following areas: Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science / Information Technology, Business Information, Communication, Economics, Humanities, Human Resources, Industrial-, Mechanical- , Process- , Electrical Engineering, Finance, Healthcare, Law, Life Science, Marketing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Physics, Psychology, Product Management, Sales, Social Sciences, Supply Chain Management  - Postgraduate degree (e.g. MBA) is an advantage  - Two to five years of relevant work experience  - Excellent English languages skills - French, Portuguese and German skills are an advantage - Intercultural competencies, open to new experiences abroad and willing to learn German  
HOW TO APPLY  Applications can be submitted until 11 January 2019 through the online application system on
For further information and specific candidate profiles see:

Thursday, 29 November 2018
WHO Africa Innovation Challenge

UCT Innovators, Researchers and Postgrads:

The World Health Organisation have released a challenge to source novel solutions that will improve health-related outcomes in Africa.

Please visit this link to learn more:

From the WHO website:

The eligibility and selection criteria can be found here:

All the best!

Thursday, 29 November 2018
WHO Africa Innovation Challenge

UCT Innovators, Researchers and Postgrads:

The World Health Organisation have released a challenge to source novel solutions that will improve health-related outcomes in Africa.

Please visit this link to learn more:

From the WHO website:

The eligibility and selection criteria can be found here:

All the best!

Thursday, 25 October 2018



 The deadline for applications is Friday 14 December 2018.

The South African Health Review (SAHR) is an accredited peer reviewed publication. The aims of the SAHR are to advance the sharing of knowledge, to feature critical commentary on policy implementation, and to offer empirical understandings for improving South Africa’s health system.


The editors are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts for the 2019 edition of the SAHR is now open. Abstracts providing fresh insights into health systems strengthening efforts supporting the realisation of universal health coverage in South Africa are particularly sought. Preference will be given to manuscripts that take cognisance of the World Health Organization’s six building blocks for an effective, efficient and equitable health system.


Please take note of the following:


         Abstracts must be submitted using the official SAHR abstract template which can be downloaded from the HST website:


         The body of the abstract may not exceed 300 words.


         Guidelines for authors are accessible at and strict adherence to these guidelines is essential.


         Submission of an abstract for the SAHR does not guarantee acceptance. All abstracts will undergo a systematic peer review selection process.


Abstracts should be submitted to:




Notification of status of abstract: 31 January 2019

Deadline for full manuscripts: 6 May 2019

 Additional Opportunities

In addition to our primary call for abstracts, there are two other opportunities for potential authors. The first is the launch of the inaugural Healthcare Workers Writing Development Programme offering writing skills training and ongoing coaching throughout the publication process for identified first time authors. Healthcare workers who are interested in contributing to the SAHR and sharing their insights into the challenges and successes of implementation are encouraged to submit an abstract. Further details about this call will be available in January 2019.


The second is the annual Emerging Public Health Care Practitioner Award (EPHPA) which is open to South African citizens under the age of 35, who are at Masters’ level or below. Applications for this award will open in February 2019.


Publication Documents


For more information visit or contact:

Thursday, 18 October 2018
Work Programme 2018-2020 “Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing”

Kindly find attached a document for nanotechnology researchers at UCT. The document has a compilation of offers from various organisations in Europe.

Researchers can identify suitable topics and partners and approach them directly. Contact details are provided for each offer. 

Project offers

Final Programme

Monday, 1 October 2018
Call for Applications: The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre

The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre is now accepting applications for the online courses that are offered in semester 1 each year.  These courses include: The Clinical Management of HIV and TB/HIV Co-infection Management.  Each course is fully-accredited at UCT and successful completion of each awards 30 CPD points, as well as a certificate of completion.

These courses are completed entirely online and from the comfort of your own home.  The DTHC also offers a 2-year Postgraduate Diploma in TB-HIV Management; students who have completed a course with us can apply for credit exemption from this course should they wish to complete the diploma at a later stage.

Interested applicants can email: for more information, including how to submit an application.  Closing date: 7 January 2019.


DTHC Flyer

DTHC Post grad diploma

Thursday, 27 September 2018
Call for applications: NRF Evaluation and Rating 2019

Call for applications


UCT Internal Closing Dates:

First internal deadline: 12 November & 16 November 2018

Second internal deadline: 14 December at 09h00

NRF System Closing Date for applicants: 31 January 2019

More information:  

Refer to attached documents:

- Eligibility Citeria

- Definition of rating categories

- Instruction Document

- UCT application guide and template


Applications are invited for the next cycle of NRF evaluation and rating. This call applies both to researchers who are applying for re-evaluation and first time applicants.

The NRF does not accept applications submitted directly by applications; therefore UCT can only endorse applications which are submitted via the internal review process.

The rating of individuals is based primarily on the quality and impact of their research outputs over the past eight years, taking into consideration the evaluation made by local and international peers who are requested to critically scrutinize the research completed during the assessment period. Applications are submitted by "established" researchers with a solid track record (categories C, B and A), or by "younger" researchers who show potential of becoming established within a five-year period (Y) or becoming future leaders in their field (P).

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online via

  • Register / Login using your ID / passport number and password;
  • Go to the menu on top left of the screen and hover over ‘My applications’ to click on ‘Create application’;

Click on the plus (+) sign next to ‘Rating Call 2019

  • Please follow the online instructions for completing the application.
  • In addition, you may refer to the  Rating Guide compiled by the UCT Research Office (attached to this email)  which includes tips and guidelines for preparing an application, as well as our web page,

  • Please click the “final submit” button once your draft application is complete, which will allow the Research Office to access your application

    UCT internal review of rating applications
  • Applications are reviewed internally prior to submission to the NRF in order to assist with improving submissions and to provide an internal rating assessment which is a requirement of the NRF. Feedback from the internal review will be provided in December (for applications submitted in November) or January (late applications submitted in December). There will also be an opportunity to meet with a UCT panel member if required, to provide further assistance with finalising your application.
  • The internal closing date for rating applications is the week Monday, 12 November - Friday, 16 November 2018.
  • If you are unable to meet the above deadline, the alternative internal closing date is Friday, 14 December 2018 at 9h00.

General Comments

  • Eligibility: In general, all researchers who are employed and remunerated on a full-time, long-term or part-time contract basis at UCT may apply to be rated (refer to eligibility criteria at Postdoctoral fellows must please first check their eligibility before completing an application.
  • Applicants are welcome to contact the Research Office to establish their rating-readiness.
  • If you are a young researcher and completed your PhD in 2013, you will need to apply now in order to be considered for rating in the Y category (40 years and younger) or P category (normally 35 years and younger) as eligibility is established by applying no more than five years after your PhD graduation.



Presentations by Professor Robert Morrell

The NRF rating system is a well-established national benchmark of research performance. UCT has historically performed excellently in this exercise and currently has the highest number of A-rated researchers in the country as well as the highest number of rated researchers. In this seminar Robert Morrell will describe how the system works, what its demands are and how one might go about engaging with the application cycle that has recently opened.

Date: Friday, 5 October 2018             

Time:  10h00 – 11h30

Venue:  Seminar Room, Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray


Repeat of the above

Date: Monday, 22 October 2018                        

Time:  12h15* for 12h30 – 14h00

Venue:  Seminar Room, Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray

Presentation by the Libraries Bibliometrics Working Group

A Bibliometrics workshop will be hosted by the Libraries Bibliometrics Working Group to help researchers extract their citation data, h-index and setting up a Google Scholar Profile.  This information is required to be reported in the rating application.  Citation data and Journal Impact Factors (from Web of Science) will be helpful when preparing the narrative sections of the application. Attendees to bring own laptops. Limited to 16 participants.

Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Time: 9h30 – 11h30

Venue:  Seminar Room, Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray

Presentation by Professor Ed Rybicki

The talk will cover the basics of using the NRF's online application system for rating in terms of how to complete the online application and what to write in the relevant sections. Topics such as how to assess your own publishing impact, and how to maximize your perceived worth will be covered, along with hints on how to effectively use the restrictive format of the application.

Date: Monday, 15 October 2018 

Time:  12h15* for 12h30 – 14h00

Venue:  Seminar Room, Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray


Space is limited to 35 participants.

Please RSVP to  at least two days prior to each seminar date.

*Sandwiches and refreshments will be served before the event (only at lunchtime seminars)

Contact persons:

  • UCT Research Office

Jacky Sylvester or call x2689

Roshan Sonday or call x2426

Visit our Research Office website:

  • For technical support, please contact the NRF

NRF Support Desk

            Tel: 012 481 4202 | Fax:  012 481 4010 |

Thursday, 13 September 2018
Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is Accepting New Applications!

Do you have a breakthrough idea to solve a global development problem? USAID wants to hear from you!

USAID's open innovation program - Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) - is accepting new applications to test and scale creative solutions to any global development challenge. Anyone, anywhere can apply at any time.

DIV provides tiered grant funding (from $50,000 to $5,000,000) to test new ideas and scale the best solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale.


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