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Monday, 27 January 2020
Call for Speakers: Soapbox Sciences 2020 events

Apply online here!

Or download the application form and return to SCIENCE application form 2020

Deadline 10am 2nd March 2020.

Are you a woman* who works in science and who is passionate about your research? Are you eager to talk to the general public about your work in a fun, informal setting?  If so, then Soapbox Science needs YOU! We are looking for scientists in all areas of STEMM, from PhD students to Professors, and from entry-level researchers to entrepreneurs, to take part in this grassroots science outreach project.

*Soapbox Science uses an inclusive definition of ‘woman’ and welcomes applications from Non-binary and Genderqueer speakers.

What is Soapbox Science?

Soapbox Science is a public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. Our events around the world transform public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate. With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists. No middle man, no PowerPoint slide, no amphitheatre – just remarkable scientists who are there to amaze with their latest discoveries, and to answer the science questions the public have been burning to ask.


Why should you apply to be a Soapbox Science speaker?

  • Help us improve the visibility of women and underrepresented genders in science
  • Make valuable connections with other scientists
  • Engage with people who might not otherwise encounter science
  • Publicise your work through blogs and other media opportunities

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Monday, 27 January 2020
Call for Applications: Social Impact Bond to address HIV and Pregnancy in School-going Adolescent Girls and Young Women in South Africa


Request for Applications

Issue date:

Submission date:


Social Impact Bond to address HIV and Pregnancy in School-going Adolescent Girls and Young Women in South Africa

20 December 2019

28 February 2020 (18h00 SA time)

Target audience: Open call for South African registered organisations/institutions who are implementers of programmes for school going adolescent girls and young women in South Africa. This includes researchers based at South African universities, science councils (including the SAMRC) and other public research organizations.

Topic: Implementation of a Social Impact Bond (SIB) to address HIV and Pregnancy in School- going Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in South Africa

There have been important advances in government policies related to sexual and reproductive health in the recent past. The Department of Basic Education has approved a new HIV and TB policy as well as policies related to learner pregnancy. The Department of Health, together with other government departments, has approved the Integrated School Health Policy. Both departments are working towards the progressive realization of the implementation of these policies in schools throughout the country.

The AGYW SIB aims to provide a working example of how to successfully implement these programmes within the school environment (not necessarily within the school’s premises). It serves to pilot a specific package of services aimed at improving outcomes for AGYW at senior school.

The SIB is a form of ‘pay for results’ model with the added benefit that private or philanthropic investors will initially fund service delivery and link their financial returns to the achievement of successful outcomes. The SAMRC has received funding from the South African National Treasury and the Department of Science and Innovation to pay for successful outcomes achieved through the AGYW SIB.

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is inviting applications for a service provider/s to partner with the SAMRC and a social investor to implement an innovative programme that addresses learner needs for sexual and reproductive health services with an emphasis on HIV prevention, Antiretroviral treatment and care and the prevention and care of learner pregnancies. This initiative will be financed and managed through the mechanism of a Social Impact Bond (SIB).

The Service provider/s will be required to provide impactful service delivery, must possess the requisite expertise, a considerable track record and management capabilities in delivering sexual and reproductive health outcomes in local communities. 

The indicative maximum budget is R 125 000 000 to R 135 000 000 to fund the total project across three districts over 3 years, inclusive of the mobilization period and the close periods.

Proposals will only be considered for funding if they meet the funding eligibility requirements as specified in the RFA document.

All applications must be submitted on the technical and financial proposal templates provided. Please see the links below for the relevant application documents. 

For further information please email Nevilene Slingers at

Application documents:

Compulsory Briefing Session

RFA: Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Social Impact Bond (SIB)

The Office of AIDS and TB Research will have a compulsory briefing session for the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Social Impact Bond (SIB) RFA released on the 20 December 2019, Reference number: SAMRC-RFA-OATR 01-2019.

The briefing session will only be held via video conferencing at the three main SAMRC offices. All potential respondents to the RFA are invited to attend. The main venue will be in Pretoria and two additional satellite venues in Cape Town and Durban. Parking will be available at these SAMRC offices. You are requested to please pre-book parking before the 20th of January 2020 by sending an email request to

Date of briefing session: 21 January 2020

Time: 10H00 - 14H00

Venue Address GPS Co-ordinates

  • Main venue
    (VC Boardroom) SAMRC Pretoria 1 Soutpansberg Road Pretoria 0001 DMS Lat : S 250 43' 57.111" DMS Long: E 280 15' 19.472" or DD Lat South: -25.732530720299994 DD Long East: 28.255409002304077
  • Satellite Venue1
    (VC Boardroom) SAMRC Cape Town Francie van Zijl Drive Parow Cape Town 7505 DMS Lat: S 330, 54', 58.986" DMS Long: E 180, 36', 16.048" or DD Lat: -33.916385 DD Long: 18.604458
  • Satellite Venue 2
    (VC Boardroom) SAMRC Durban Westville Village Market 123 Jan Hofmeyer Road Westville Durban 3630 DMS Lat: S 290 49' 38.816" DMS Long: E 300 55' 49.528" or DD Lat: -29.827449 DD Long: 30.930424600000038

Please direct any requests for information and questions/queries by email to Sindi Shangase at


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Monday, 20 January 2020
Clinical Trials Methodology Research - small grants

Clinical Trials Methodology Research – optimising the design, conduct, analysis, reporting and interpretation of trials (RESEARCH ABOUT RESEARCH)

The way trials are designed, conducted, analysed, reported and interpreted should continually be questioned so that they are optimal and responsive for a broad range of stakeholders. A new partnership will increase capacity for trials methodology research, with the following working groups: Trial conduct, Stratified Medicine, Health Informatics, Adaptive Designs, Outcomes, Health Economics, Statistical Analysis, and Global Health


The UK NIHR-MRC Trials Methodology Research Partnership has made available funds for small pump-priming grants of between £2000 and £10000 specifically for methodology research projects relevant to Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) for:

  • A small trials methodology research project (typically proof-of-principle studies to facilitate further funding through other funders)
  • Hosting of a local, national or regional workshop/meeting about trials methodology research with a view to subsequently developing a project
  • An exchange visit(s) to or from another TMRP member/partner working on the same project or with a view to developing a collaborative project


Deadline midnight (GMT) 1st March 2020


For details visit the Global Health Methodology Research website or contact

For background on/examples of trials methodology research visit the Hubs for Trials Methodology Research website including the Guidance, Webinars and Working Groups sections

We are particularly interested in increasing the number of core outcome sets (the minimum outcomes that should be measured and reported in all trials of a specific condition) relevant to LMICs and/or developed by LMICs

Monday, 13 January 2020
Post-Doctoral Fellowship: HIV Diversity and Pathogenesis

Monday, 13 January 2020
Call for Applications: FHS Research Stimulus Award

Monday, 21 October 2019
The YEBO! Project - International PhD Funding Opportunities

Dear UCT PhD and Masters Students,

UCT, in partnership with the University of Montpellier, is offering access to a database of international PhD funding opportunities via the YEBO! Project.  The YEBO! Project is a capacity-building project on the internationalisation of doctoral studies in South Africa.  It was launched in 2017 and will end in November 2020, with the aim to:

  • achieve the improvement of the skills of South-African universities concerning the internationalization of PhD Studies;
  • facilitate access to information concerning funding, mobility, and administrative procedures of PhD programs;
  • increase PhD students and staff trained in the internationalization of the PhD studies;
  • promote the internationalization of PhD studies in South Africa and Europe.

UCT has 1,000 licences available to the YEBO! Project platform called Open4Research.  These will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so if you are interested, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  To do so, click on OPEN4YEBO and complete the required fields to secure your licence and access the database of funding opportunities.  Please note – you must use your “myuct” or “uct” email address domain to register.  Should you have any questions regarding the registration process, you are welcome to contact Amanda Bessick at


NB: Enquiries regarding individual funding opportunities available on the Open4Research platform must be directed to the appropriate contact person/people listed under that specific opportunity.

Monday, 15 July 2019
Call for Proposals: Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award 2019



Proposals may be submitted directly to the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (deadline: 25 October 2019, see contact details in the enclosed PDF call)


should advice and editorial support in preparing nominations be preferred, via the UCT Research Office (revised internal deadline: 1 October 2019), send all documentation except for referee reports to



This Award focuses unambiguously on excellence and exceptional scholarship. It is granted to candidates of the highest calibre to enable them to undertake a programme of cutting edge, internationally significant work. The Award carries a monetary value of R1.5 million.



  • The Award seeks to attract world-class candidates with visionary ideas based on an exceptionally well-developed grasp of a field or topic;
  • It is intended to enable scholars based in South Africa to undertake a programme of work that will ‘build the academy’ and contribute richly to intellectual life;
  • It aims to strengthen relationships and partnerships between local and international institutions and the Trust.



The Trust will consider candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • UCT researchers who are South African residents;
  • Outstanding achievers who are very well established in their field;
  • Leading international scholars with many years of advanced research and a track record of sustained intellectual effort;
  • Present a submission that describes a clearly focused and specific project that offers a ‘visionary idea’ that represents a paradigm shift in current thinking, seeks to make important discoveries and contribute significantly to new knowledge;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to transferring skills and building capacity in South Africa.


Previous applicants or short-listed candidates are eligible to apply.


Special consideration will also be given to the following points:

·       The value of the proposed work: its particular application to teaching, research and development in South Africa; its potential to push the frontiers of knowledge in the given field or area of interest; its contribution to the advancement or application of knowledge in the service of society;

·       The coherence and practicability of the proposed programme and its feasibility within the limit set for the Award and the given timeframe of approximately one year;

·       The candidate’s proven achievement and the ability to profit from the use of the Award.

  • By proven achievement the Trust would be looking for candidates who have inter alia: attracted research funding on a competitive basis; published peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals or scholarly books through high-profile publishers; successfully supervised graduate students to completion; and secured invitations to, and seats on, international bodies and institutions



Written submissions must be supported by the following information:

·     An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (not exceeding 6 pages);

·     A complete list of publications (by way of an annexure);

·     A brief synopsis in lay terms (2 to 3 A4 pages) of the work to be undertaken, with a  written motivation explaining the reasons for the work;

·     Details of the proposed work programme, including estimated timeframes and budgetary costs (specifying the major components of the budget and associated expenses within the limit set and based on realistic needs) and commentary on the envisaged outputs and outcomes;

  • Referee reports from at least four highly-placed referees of international standing who are familiar with the candidate's work. Referees should be properly briefed about the nature of the Award and its significance so that their remarks are directed appropriately. The reports must be submitted under separate and confidential cover directly to the Trust at 


  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered by the Trust.
  • Only the complete and eligible applications will receive the required institutional endorsement for submission to the Trust.
  • The Trust will engage in a formal selection process and no correspondence on its decision will be entered into.
  • Short-listed candidates or finalists should be available for interviews late January / early February 2020.



Funds will be disbursed in two instalments – an initial payment in advance and the second at the half-way stage, on submission of a progress report to the Trust. The Fellow will be required to submit a reflective report (including commentary on the impact of the work) to the Trust within six months of completion of the programme and undertake to deliver a public lecture on the work.

Monday, 21 January 2019
Funding opportunity: Point-of-care technologies

Funding opportunity: Point-of-care technologies


The Center for Innovation in Point-of-Care Technologies for HIV/AIDS at Northwestern University (C-THAN) is funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the NIH. C-THAN seeks collaborative research projects to develop novel point-of-care technologies (POCT) aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment monitoring of HIV/AIDS and co-morbidities in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). If successful, projects should be viable candidates for commercial development. Awards will be up to $100,000.

See the full solicitation for more details:

Thursday, 3 January 2019
Call for applications: Phase 2 of the DHET University Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP)

Call for applications

Phase 2 of DHET University Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP)


Closing date: 25 January 2019


Applications must be completed online via this link (click here)

(Applicants to please email Amanda Barratt a brief summary for UCT’s internal tracking of submissions)


The Department of Higher Education and Training (the Department) is implementing the University Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP). The first Phase of this programme was launched in July 2018 with the Department partnering with the United States universities in supporting the development of academics who are employed by South African Universities specifically to pursue PhDs/Doctoral studies. The Department has partnered with the British Council to initiate the second Phase of the USDP which is planned to commence in the academic year of 2019. This is a DHET – British Council partnership to implement the next phase of the USDP through collaborations between South African and UK universities.

Universities are therefore invited and encouraged to take this opportunity of leading a USDP programme that will see our academics enrolling for PhDs/Doctoral studies in collaboration with UK universities. The Call will close on 25 January 2019.

This is a call for universities to apply for a grant to enable partnership discussions and joint programme development in support of doctoral training for South African academics. This is an exciting opportunity to forge new links and partnerships and to strengthen existing links between SA and UK universities.

This collaboration grants call is a preparatory phase for the USDP Phase 2 proposal submissions where SA-UK universities will be required to submit their final proposals in support of doctoral training for academics at SA institutions. Through this call a maximum of 15 grants to the value of GBP 5,000-10,000 (ZAR 180,000) will be awarded to SA and UK universities.

Attached is a summary of the call.

Please follow the link below for applications:

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).