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Monday, 11 March 2019
SAB Foundation Social Innovation & Disability Empowerment Awards 2019

Monday, 11 March 2019
Call for applications TREATS Tropical Epidemiology Group (TEG) fellowship

As part of the Tuberculosis Reduction through Expanded Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Screening (TREATS) project conducted by Health Systems Trust (HST) in South Africa and Zambart in Zambia, a two-year training fellowship in medical statistics, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), is being offered.

Refer to attached call for details on eligibility and application process.

Monday, 11 March 2019
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: KNOWLEDGE FIELDS DEVELOPMENT GRANT 2019

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: KNOWLEDGE FIELDS DEVELOPMENT GRANT 2019

 

UCT internal closing dates: 10th of every month until November.

(No applications can be submitted in December.)

Please direct all enquiries to Mbasa Mguye (Mbasa.Mguye@uct.ac.za)  

Framework Document

PURPOSE

The Knowledge Advancement and Support (KAS) Directorate provides Development Grants in an effort to support and promote the development of new fields; as well as to re-invigorate and stimulate existing fields or subfields that may be in decline. The programme thus strives to support initiatives that examine, analyse and pave the way for the advancement of knowledge fields. Development Grants will be awarded for the development of any discipline or field of research, including those in the Social Sciences, Humanities, the Law, Natural science, Engineering and Technology.

Development activities should focus on:

  • Particular fields;
  • Interdisciplinary and/ or
  • Trans-disciplinary combinations.

Knowledge Fields Development is achieved by, inter alia:

  • Promoting active interaction between researchers within and across disciplines and knowledge fields;
  • Strengthening scientific and professional organisations of the South African research community; and
  • Strengthening networks within and beyond the South African research community.

SUPPORTED ACTIVIES

The following activities will be funded in this grant: roundtable discussions, advisory committees, workshops; forum meetings; symposia, audits of professional associations etc., in support of the development of a field, both with the research community and with other stakeholders (government; industry; etc.).

Please see page 4 of the Framework documents for activities that will not be supported.

Special note on funding for Forums

Start-up funds will be made available to support the coming together of forums that are specifically aimed at addressing the development and/or strengthening of new, “breakaway”/spinoff fields and or emerging areas or trends that arise in the national or global interest and require specific attention. Such fora will ideally be to decide on the way forward for the new initiative, with a view to it ultimately developing into a professional body or scientific organization in its own right.

Applications for forum funding must include an exposition on sustainability of the forum into the future, as well as clearly justify how they are different from the ordinary workings of an association or society.

Support for new forums will be limited to 1 event per annum for not more than 2 years.

FUNDING

Funding will range from a minimum of R20,000 to a maximum of R200,000 per proposal for 2019 to cover costs for travel, venue hire, operating costs and a 10% administration levy for management or co-ordination of the event. Requests for additional items can be motivated for in the application.

The NRF will release 90% of the award amount upon receipt of the signed Conditions of Grant letter. The remaining 10% will be released upon receipt and approval of the final project report to be submitted within two months after the completion of the funded activity.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

UCT researchers can apply for the grant.

Students and Postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible to apply.

APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION PROCESS

Applications must be submitted through an online application process, via http://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za

  • Register / Login using your ID 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  icon next to ‘Customised Programmes’
  • Click on the plus (+) sign next to ‘Knowledge Fields Development Grants’;
  • Complete the application (compulsory fields and sections are indicated by a red asterisk *);
  • Please ensure that you update your student supervision record, research outputs and contact details, as required;
  • Ensure to click on the “save” button after every update.
  • Attach the necessary supporting documentation in PDF format;
  • Click on the Final submit button.

In addition, the Research Office will submit PDF versions of the final applications to the NRF.

It is of utmost importance that applicants consult the Framework document for more detailed information about the call on this link: https://www.nrf.ac.za/sites/default/files/KFD%20Framework%20Document_2019.pdf

Please be advised that the UCT Research Office will NOT review applications submitted after UCT’s internal closing dates.

Monday, 11 March 2019
Early Career Conference Grants

Early Career Conference Grants support early career academics – without previous international experience – to participate in an international conference held in any country other than their country of employment.

30 grants are available in 2019.

Eligibility

Applicants must be employed in an academic (research and/or teaching) role by an ACU member institution.

Applications are open to university staff who are less than 10 years from the start of their employment in an academic role. Academic staff who have recently returned to work after a career break can also be considered: applicants should make this clear in their application.

Applicants must not have previously worked at or attended an academic conference outside their home region.

Conference participation

The conference to be attended must be a recognised academic conference in a field relevant to the applicant's area of expertise in a country other than the applicant's country of employment. Applicants must give full details of their chosen conference at the time of application.

Proof of a paper submission/acceptance must be attached to the application form.

Travel dates

The grant must be used to participate in a conference between 1 June 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Applications to attend conferences outside these dates will not be successful.

Amount of grant

The maximum amount of each grant is GBP £2,000. Grants can be used to cover travel and visa costs, conference fees, accommodation and subsistence.

Other terms and conditions

  • Applicants must provide a letter of support from their head of department.
  • Successful applicants will be responsible for arranging any required visa as well as making their own travel arrangements.
  • Grants will be paid in a single instalment to a nominated individual at the grant holder’s home institution.
  • Grant holders must provide an account of expenditure and a brief report on how their grant has been spent.

How to apply

Applications close on Sunday 31 March 2019 at 23:59 BST.

Please direct all enquiries to: earlycareergrants@acu.ac.uk

Monday, 11 March 2019
Call For Applications: Harry Crossley Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2019
Monday, 11 March 2019
Call for applications for 2020 PG Diploma in Community and General Paediatrics

Monday, 25 February 2019
NRF Call: Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) Concept Notes for Large Integrated Team Projects

NRF Call: Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP)

Concept Notes for Large Integrated Team Projects

UCT Internal Deadline: Tuesday, 9 April 2019 @ 09h00

FBIP Application instructions

FBIP Framework

 

 Please direct all queries to Robyn Udemans (Robyn.Udemans@uct.ac.za)

1. ELIGIBILITY

  • Full-time or part-time UCT researchers. (Salaries must be paid by UCT and the primary employment of the individual concerned must be at UCT.)

OR

  • If on contract the researcher must be appointed to the end of funding the period. 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.

OR

  • Honorary and retired researchers affiliated to UCT can apply provided that institutional support is evident in the form of an employment contract, office space, administrative support, access to research equipment and space. The institution will have to ensure that a minimum of six months are spent at the facility for the purpose of research and research capacity development. The researcher must have a research publication track record and must be actively supervising postgraduate students at present.

 

Note: Postdoctoral fellows, students, technical & support staff are not eligible to apply.

2. FOCUS AREAS

Projects should fall within one of the following seven focus areas identified for support:

 

Environmental sustainability:

  1. Multitaxa surveys, with the geographic area clearly identified on the basis of a large scale proposed development, or neglected areas for which no spatial plan exists for biodiversity, resulting in potentially poor decisions or management.
  2. Surveys of the biodiversity of a particular habitat / biome that is neglected and important for ecosystem services, across a broad geographic area.

 

Agro-biodiversity and food security:

  1. Crop Wild Relatives: taxonomy and distribution of crop wild relatives in South Africa.
  2. Crop and livestock pests, parasites and disease vectors, with a focus on indigenous taxa:

 

Human health and biocultural diversity:

  1. Vectors of disease, parasites, pathogens, allergens. Documenting diversity
  2. Cultural significance of biodiversity:

 

Taxonomic revisions of priority South African taxa:

  1. The purpose of this theme is to substantially shift the taxonomic knowledge of taxa that require large scale revision, and that have a large component of their diversity in South Africa / have high proportion of South African endemics and that include economically or ecologically important species.

 

Note: Research is limited to South Africa (including Prince Edward and Marion Islands)

 

It is of utmost importance that applicants consult the attached FBIP Framework and Funding Guide for more detailed information about the programme as well as the following:

  • Large integrated team project criteria (pp16-17)
  • Proposal Evaluation Criteria (Table 3 on page 21)
  • Supported research related costs, bursary values and excluded expenses (pp26-27)

3. FUNDING

Applications for the FBIP Large Integrated Team Projects programme is managed as a two- step process:

Step 1 (this call): Applications are invited for Concept Note applications. These are assessed by a panel within 2 months of submission and a limited number (usually 2-4) will be selected for further development into full proposals in the same year (2019).

Step 2: Full proposals will be evaluated and a selection of 1 to 2 full proposals will be funded for a three-year period from 2020-2022.

No funding is available for the development of the Concept Notes. However, limited seed funding (a once-off payment of R20, 000 per team) is available to teams whose Concept Notes are selected for development into full proposals.

 

The range of funding available per project is R500, 000 to R2.1 million per annum for a three-year period (R1, 500,000 - R6, 300,000 in total per project, with a maximum of R2.1 million in any one year). The total amount of funding requested should not exceed R6.3 million in total. This total includes costs for both research activities and grant-linked student bursaries. Applicants are required to attach to their application the complete 3 -year budget on an MS Excel spreadsheet.

4. APPLICATION PROCESS

Concept Note applications must be submitted via the NRF Online submission https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za

  1. Register / Login using your ID number and password;
  2. Update your CV: student supervision record, research outputs and contact details;
  3. Go to the menu on top left of the screen and hover over ‘My applications’ to click on ‘Create Application’;
  4. Click on the (+) plus sign next to ‘Concept Notes’;
  5. Complete the application (compulsory fields and sections are indicated by a red asterisk *). Applicants must read the attached application instructions for further detail about additional content to be included in specific online sections of the application (highlighted in yellow);
  6. Attach the necessary supporting documentation;
  7. Click on the Final submit button.

 

Please be advised that the UCT Research Office will not review applications submitted after UCT’s internal closing date – Tuesday, 9 April 2019 @ 09h00.

Monday, 18 February 2019
NRF Call for Applications: Thuthuka Programme Funding in 2020

REVISIONS - The NRF has made the following revisions to the application requirements for the PhD track:

  1. The eligibility criterion “applicants must be registered for a Doctoral degree” has been removed.
  2. “Proof of registration for doctoral degree” has been removed from the list of required attachments.

 

NRF Call for Applications: Thuthuka Programme Funding in 2020

UCT’s internal closing date: Tuesday, 9 April 2019 at 09h00

Please direct all queries to Robyn Udemans (robyn.udemans@uct.ac.za)

1. EMERGING RESEARCH PROGRAMME GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP

It is highly recommended that applicants who intend submitting a Thuthuka application attend the Emerging Researcher Programme (ERP) Grant Writing Workshop being hosted by the Research Office. The Thuthuka application process can be lengthy and complex, particularly for first time applicants. If you are unable to attend the full two-day workshop it is advisable to try and attend at least a part thereof (please see the attached programme).

 

The details of the workshop are as follows:

 

Dates:                  Monday and Tuesday, 25-26 February 2019,

Venue:                 Hlanganani Junction, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library from

Time                     25 February from 09h30-15h00

                              26 February from 9h30 – 15h30

 

RSVP deadline: Please RSVP to Judith.Rix@uct.ac.za by no later than Wednesday, 20 February 2019. Lunch will be served.

If unable to attend the above-mentioned workshop, please inform Robyn.Udemans@uct.ac.za who will provide you with copies of the presentation and to whom all queries can be directed.

 

2. PURPOSE OF THUTHUKA FUNDING PROGRAMME

The primary aim of the Thuthuka funding instrument is to support the professional development of emerging researchers from designated groups (black [African, Indian and Coloured], female or disabled) to redress historical imbalances. Grants are awarded for well-structured research projects in all scientific fields that have clear aims and objectives, sound methodologies that support the study objectives and demonstrate the prudent use of funds. (The NRF does not fund any clinical trials projects.)

 

Whilst the primary aim of the Thuthuka funding instrument is to promote professional development of researchers from designated groups, participation of individuals from non-designated groups are not excluded. The NRF has, however, set the following targets for allocation of grants to designated groups to bring about transformation:

 

  • PhD Track: 80% of all funded grantholders to be Black; up to 60% of all funded grantholders to be female.
  • Post-PhD Track: 80% of all funded grantholders to be Black; 55% of all funded grantholders to be female.
  • NRF Rating Track: 80% of all funded grantholders to be Black; 55% of all funded grantholders to be female.

 

It is of utmost importance that applicants consult the attached Thuthuka Framework and Online Application Guide for more detailed information about the programme, its funding model, and the assessment scorecard.

              

3. GENERAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Applicants must be employed full-time permanent, or on a full-time contractual basis that extends for the full period of the Thuthuka grant (end of 2022). If the applicant’s contract is not valid for the required period, 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.
  • Female applicants that are appointed on a fixed-term half-day appointment in order to accommodate family responsibilities can apply. This is limited to women raising children of four years of age and below. A copy of the child’s ID / birth certificate should be attached to the online application.
  • Applicants must generally be under the age of 45 years at the time of first application.
  • Applicants in the PhD and Post PhD Tracks over the age of 45 are required to submit a motivation as to why they were not able to achieve their doctoral qualification or research capabilities by the stipulated age. The motivation must demonstrate that they are late entrants to research or that they are returning to research after a period of absence due to family responsibilities. Applications without motivations will be immediately rejected.
  • The Institutional Support Form (ISP) is a mandatory requirement and must include the funding track. Applicants are required to complete the form, available here, and to submit it to Robyn.Udemans@uct.ac.za by 18 March. The Research Office will arrange for the form to be signed and attached to the application before submission to the NRF. It is recommended that each applicant notifies his/her Head of Department that an application for Thuthuka funding is being submitted.

 

4. SPECIFIC ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA PER FUNDING TRACK

Applications for funding can be submitted in one of the following three tracks:

 

  • hD Track: for applicants wanting to obtain a Doctoral degree within the funding period.
  • Only South African citizens may apply for this track.
  • Should have obtained a minimum of a Master’s degree.
  • Must be registered for a Doctoral degree. Proof of registration for a doctoral degree only needs to be provided by successful applicants to take up the award.
  • Electronic endorsement by a nominated supervisor supporting the proposed Doctoral work to be undertaken. The applicant must complete the supervisor’s details in the Reference section of the application. This will generate an email to the supervisor requesting the him/her to complete the online form to be submitted electronically by the internal deadline.

 

  • ost-PhD Track: for applicants wanting to become established researchers, by strengthening their research capabilities.
  • Only South African citizens may apply for this track.
  • Applicants should have obtained a Doctoral degree no more than five years prior to the date of first application (latest 2014).
  • Institutional commitment from the employing institution, pledging to allow the applicant time off for research and relief of teaching duties to conduct fieldwork/research, must be submitted with the application (institutional support form to be submitted with the application).
  • Applicants that have not finalised their doctoral degree at the time of application are eligible to apply under this track. However, proof of having passed the doctoral degree has to be submitted to the NRF before the funding will be granted.

 

  • F Rating Track: for applicants wanting to apply for a NRF rating within the six-year funding period.
  • Only South African citizens and South African permanent residents with a valid South African Identity Number may apply. Applicants in the process of applying for permanent residence will not be considered.
  • Should have obtained a Doctoral degree. The Doctoral degree should have been obtained no more than 8 years prior to the date of first application (latest 2011).
  • Applicants may not be NRF rated at time of the application.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have been unable to establish themselves as researchers due to limited research opportunities. If such limitations are not clearly confirmed in the applicant’s career profile, the application will be rejected and not considered for funding.
  • A research focus has been identified in an area in which the applicant plans to establish a research track record.

 

5. UCT INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS FOR THUTHUKA APPLICATIONS

Applications will be reviewed by the Research Office as well as by chosen discipline-specific reviewers prior to submission to the NRF. Applicants must identify and provide (to Robyn.Udemans@uct.ac.za by 18  March 2019) the contact details of at least two internal or external academics who are experts in the applicant’s field of research to provide feedback on the scientific merit of the application in order to help to strengthen the final application. We recommend that in the case of the PhD track, that the applicant’s supervisor serves as one of the reviewers. It is expected that the applicant will take responsibility for approaching the reviewers to confirm their availability to review the draft application and provide feedback by Friday, 29 March 2019 for the latest.

 

6. IMPORTANT DEADLINES TO NOTE

No.

What?

Where / To Whom?

By When?

1

Emerging Research Programme Grant Writing Workshop.

 

Judith.Rix@uct.ac.za

RSVP by Wednesday, 20 February 2019

2

Submission of the details of 2 discipline reviewers.

 

robyn.udemans@uct.ac.za

Monday, 18 March 2019 at 12h00

3

Complete and submit the first draft of application online.

https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/nrfmkii/

Friday, 22 March 2019 by 12h00

 

5

Applications reviewed by the discipline reviewers and the Research Office; Feedback to be returned to applicants.

 

 

Mon 25 – 29 March 2019

7

Applicants to amend their applications based on the feedback received.

https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/nrfmkii/

1 - 9 April 2019

7

Applicants to resubmit applications to the Research Office for a final check.

https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/nrfmkii/

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 at 23h59

 

Please be advised that the Research Office will not review applications submitted after UCT’s internal closing date – Tuesday, 9 April 2019 at 09h00.

Framework

Application Guide

Grant Writing workshop programme

 

 

Monday, 18 February 2019
NEW Award available to 3rd Year SSM Students in Endocrinology

NEW Award available to 3rd Year SSM Students in Endocrinology - £300 for best research project mark

A £300 award is available for third year special study module (SSM) students who undertake their research projects in the Division of Endocrinology.  

The award is made available through the auspices of the Society of Endocrinology, UK to a student who achieves the best mark for the SSM project conducted in Endocrinology.

It will be awarded each year for three years. Recipients will also attend the annual conference of the Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA). For further information click here

 

Monday, 11 February 2019
Notice of intent to publish: Phase 2 of the U.S.-South Africa Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is issuing this Notice to promote new initiatives that will solicit applications to support research under Phase 2 of the U.S.-South Africa Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research. The intent of this program is to foster, stimulate, and/or expand basic, translational, behavioural and applied research that will advance scientific discovery and engage U.S. and South African researchers working collaboratively in the areas of HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS-associated malignancies, and other infectious diseases. This notice is provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive applications.

Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: March 06, 2019
First Estimated Application Due Date:July 26, 2019

Further information can be found here https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AI-19-032.html

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