Research Noticeboard

Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Call for applications: The Harry Crossley Clinical Research Fellowships 2020



Submission date: 23 June 2020

Fostering clinical and translational research at UCT

The Trustees of the Harry Crossley Foundation are offering Fellowships to early career researchers to support a full-time focus on clinical and translational research at UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Harry Crossley Clinical Research Fellowships to support dedicated research time for early-career clinical, academic and research staff.

The award will provide busy clinical researchers and health professionals attached to the Faculty of Health Sciences the time required to, for example, complete a PhD or deliver on an important research project. Ethics approval should be in place for the proposed research. In keeping with the Foundation’s philosophy of supporting researchers in the earlier stages of their career, applicants should be under 45 years of age; in cases where fellowships are intended to support PhD completion, a more flexible age ceiling may be applied.  Applicants should have an employment contract with UCT/PGWC that exceeds the duration of the award. Fellowships must be taken up by the second half of 2020.

Value: up to R150, 000 per award (up to one year of support).


Recipients will be expected to:

  • Acknowledge the Harry Crossley Foundation in any publications emanating from the fellowships.
  • Complete a 2-page report on research activities and achievements enabled by the Harry Crossley Fellowship.


Applications must be completed on the attached form and submitted electronically to: by midnight on 23 June 2020.

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to:

  • disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, and
  • change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all.
Thursday, 9 April 2020
Call for Applications: Advanced Computing Committee (ACC) Research Equipment Call 2020

Advanced Computing Committee (ACC) Research Equipment Call for 2020 Faculty-prioritised Research Computer Grants

Deadline for Applications to Faculty Computing/IT Committees: 30 May 2020

(Please send queries to your Faculty Committee representative- see Table 1 below)



The purpose of these grants is to provide funding to faculties for prioritised pieces of medium size (R50 000 to R750 000) computer related hardware and software. The Advanced Computing Committee (ACC) considers applications from Faculties for strategic research related computer equipment and software items including implementation support (e.g. specialised computing services) that are not covered in the conventional way by Faculty Equipment IT Committees.

Should you wish to apply for large computer equipment (>R750,000), please submit to ACC as part of this call, an application that is part of a coordinated effort across departments and/or faculties and include one or more of the following: e-Research, Data Institute and ICTS.


UCT researchers are eligible to apply if they are:

·    Permanent academic staff; or

·    Joint PGWC/UCT academic staff in Health Sciences on UCT Conditions of Service (excluding registrars), or

·    Contract staff on academic conditions T2, with a co-applicant from one of the above categories

Honorary Research Associates; Emeritus Professors; Emeritus Associate Professors; Honorary Professors; Honorary Associate Professors and Senior Research Scholars are NOT eligible to apply. Those who wish to have access to new computer equipment and software must form part of research groupings and may not be the Principal Applicant.

Submission process:

·         The applicant must use the latest version of application form R&I33 downloadable from

·         Department/individual researchers must make applications directly to the Faculty ACC representatives (see Table 1 below).

·         The application form accompanied by two recent quotes must provide details on the projected lifetimes and motivations for each item. These motivations must show that the appropriate infrastructural support for the functioning of each item has been investigated.

·         The applicant must ensure that the complete and correctly endorsed application reaches the relevant faculty committee, as listed in table 1, by the deadline date of 30 May 2020. Please submit your application via email to your relevant faculty committee (see Table 1 above for details).

·         The relevant faculty committee prioritises the requests and submits the applications to the ACC via email to Robyn Udemans at Hardcopies are not accepted.

·           The ACC will not accept late or retrospective applications as well as adhoc applications.

Table 1: Details of the Faculty ACC representatives



ACC Representative

Contact details



A/Prof K Thomas


Tel: 021 650-4608

Health Sciences

FHS Scientific Computing


Ms Carlette Hlungwani

Email: Tel: 021 406-6087


Commerce IT

Prof M Wittenberg


Tel: 021 650-5243


EBE Faculty IT Committee

Prof E van Steen


A/Prof S Skatulla

Email: Tel: 021 650-3796

Email: Tel: 021 650-2595


Science Faculty IT Committee

Dr T Dietel


Prof B Hewitson

Email: Tel: 021 650-3325

Email: Tel: 021 650-2878


Law IT Committee

Mr R Bradstreet


A/Prof T Schonwetter

Email: Tel: 021 650-4501

Email: Tel: 021 650-3914


Award Conditions:

·         Applicants must be able to show that they have tried to get funding elsewhere, i.e. demonstrated fundraising effort is important. If part of the funding is going to be solicited from outside bodies, it is mandatory that a donor prospect clearance be obtained from the Development Office before approaching the ACC.

·         Confirmation of external co-funding that forms part of an application must be submitted within the calendar year of the ACC application. Failure to do so will result in the award being rescinded.

·         The Advanced Computing Committee will not be responsible for currency differences caused by delays in purchasing equipment.

·         In the event that there is a saving due to currency differences, excess funds must be returned to the ACC.

·         Copies of the invoices of the final amounts must be submitted to the ACC.

·         A report on the expenditure of this equipment award is required to be submitted to the ACC in November 2021.


·         Applications to reach the Faculty Advanced Computing Committee Representative: 30 May 2020

·         Relevant Faculty IT committee representatives to submit applications to the ACC for review: 19 June 2020

·         ACC meeting to review applications and prepare recommendations to Resource Allocation Advisory Group (RAAG): 15 July 2020

·         ACC communicates recommendations to Faculty ACC Representatives and applicants: 31 July 2020

·         ACC submits applications and recommendations to RAAG: August 2020

·         Funding outcome to Faculty Advanced Computing Committee Representatives and applicants: January 2021

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.