Research Noticeboard

Thursday, 13 September 2018
Call for e-Poster Abstracts: Provincial Health Research Day 2018

Call for e-Poster Abstracts

Provincial Health Research Day 2018:

 Improving health outcomes through e-health innovations


The Western Cape Provincial Health Research Committee (PHRC), in conjunction with the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Directorate, has issued a call for posters for the Provincial Health Research Day 2018. The event will take place on 16 November 2018 (08:00 – 14:00), at the Tygerberg campus of Stellenbosch University.   

The purpose of the research day is to improve both service delivery and research through collegial debate on the implications of research locally conducted in service and community settings. The event is structured to afford opportunities to hear about and discuss health interventions, research and their implications for service delivery.

The PHRC has identified “Improving health outcomes through e-health innovations” as the theme for the Research Day.

UCT has been invited to present several posters at the Research Day. Researchers are invited to submit poster abstracts on the theme, with an emphasis on research conducted on the Provincial platform, for consideration by a Faculty Review Committee and the PHRC. The research presented may be final or ongoing.

The ‘poster session’ will be a set of five-minute short presentations using slides, in four venues.

Abstract deadline: 28 September 2018
Submit to:


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

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Thursday, 13 September 2018
PLOS Medicine Special Issue: New Tools and Strategies for Tuberculosis Diagnosis, Care, and Elimination

The editors of PLOS Medicine together with guest editors Claudia Denkinger, Richard Chaisson, and Mark Hatherill announce a forthcoming Special Issue focused on new approaches to alleviate the individual and epidemiological burden of tuberculosis. Research submissions are now being invited, with a deadline of November 9, 2018.

Online Link

Please submit your manuscript at:

The deadline is November 9th, 2018.

Monday, 10 September 2018
Call for Applications: Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Studies 2019

Call for Applications: Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Studies 2019


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Postgraduate Diploma in Disability Studies 2019

Monday, 10 September 2018
Call for Proposals: CSIR National Laser Centre - Rental Pool Programme 2019





UCT Internal closing date: 19 October 2018 at 09:00

Please direct all queries to Mr Thomas du Plooy (; tel: 012 841 3511)

UCT enquiries to Natalie le Roux (


Applicants are encouraged to approach the CSIR NLC for assistance with completion of the application, specifically with reference to gathering information on equipment availability, pricing and suitability of equipment.



The CSIR National Laser Centre’s (CSIR NLC) Rental Pool Program (RPP) is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The purpose of the fund is to stimulate and grow laser-based research programmes within the South African research environment, with the object of increasing capacity in the National System of Innovation and to support the next generation of researchers through supporting laser-based research infrastructure for research applications. The program is focussed on supporting laser-related research in all research fields in the natural, engineering and health sciences fields. The fund allows access to equipment for use at the host institution of the applicant as well as access to equipment housed at the CSIR NLC facilities.

The CSIR NLC would like to take this opportunity to invite researchers employed at public universities and universities of technology to participate and apply for funding to support their laser-related research requirements in the 2019 academic year. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the attached call guide for more detail about the funding programme as well as the proposal assessment criteria (see page 8)”.


Researchers in all scientific and engineering disciplines using laser technology for the research programs are encouraged to apply. In the laser-based manufacturing field, applications aligned with the NLC’s research programs in Additive Manufacturing and Laser Surface Engineering will receive preference.

The programme considers applications from researchers who are:

  • Involved in laser-based research in any field in natural science, engineering and health sciences;
  • Employed at South African Higher Education Institutions on a full-time permanent, or full-time contract, basis. If on contract basis, the length of the contract should at least be for the duration of the research project applied for and be clearly indicated in the application (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).


This call allows researchers the opportunity to submit a multi-year project proposal, with a maximum duration of 3 years starting in 2019.

The fund makes provision for the following activities:

  • Upgrading of existing laser equipment in order to ensure suitability for the proposed project;
  • Delivery and set-up charges of equipment received on loan from the NLC at the university’s facilities;
  • New equipment (including smaller diagnostic equipment) and laser-related consumables to support the proposed research project;
  • Insurance costs for equipment while at the HEI
  • Maintenance costs of NLC owned equipment placed at the university's facilities;
  • Research and technical support provided by CSIR NLC in support of an approved application.
  • Travel and accommodation costs limited to traveling to CSIR NLC laboratories or facilities at HEIs where CSIR RPP equipment are hosted to access equipment in approved research projects
  • Consumables required for research activities, limited to optics and other laser-based consumables to support the research project proposed
  • Each project will be eligible for new ancillary equipment (smaller diagnostic equipment) to a maximum value of R75 000 and laser-related consumables to a maximum value of R75 000, subject to the availability of funding.


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 CSIR Call for Proposals for 2019 Rental Pool Programme (RPP)’;
  • Please ensure that you update your student supervision record, research outputs, and other details, as required. This is very 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 *);

Please be advised that the UCT Research Office may not review applications that are submitted after UCT’s internal closing date. Friday, 19 October 2018 at 09h00.

Data Management Plan

Note regarding 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) and is available here:


Monday, 10 September 2018
Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award 2018



Proposals may be submitted directly to the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (deadline: 30 October 2018, 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: 9 October 2018, send all documentation except for referee reports to





The Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award serves to reward excellence and exceptional scholarship in all its forms and which carries a monetary value of R1.5 million.

The Trust was established in 1958 by the late Mr Harry Oppenheimer in memory of his father, Sir Ernest, and has a long tradition of investing in education and related fields. The Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship was initiated by the Trustees some eighteen years ago and is the Trust’s most prestigious award.

1) The Guiding Principles

  • 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

2) Eligibility Criteria

The Trust will consider candidates who:

  • Are residents of South Africa (age is not a factor in selection)
  • Are outstanding achievers and very well established in their field
  • Are regarded as leading scholars internationally, have undertaken advanced research for many years and have a track record of sustained intellectual effort
  • Present submissions that describe 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 contributes significantly to new knowledge
  • Demonstrate a commitment to transferring skills and building capacity in South Africa
  • 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 his or her 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

3) Application Process:

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, together with a written motivation explaining the reasons for the work
  • Details of the proposed work programme, including estimated timeframes and 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
  • Current 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 and their reports must be submitted under separate and confidential cover directly to the Trust by 30 October 2018. The Trust reserves the right to contact referees or other experts for further information

Short-listed candidates or finalists should be available for interviews late January / early February 2019

Monday, 10 September 2018
New Research Series at Impilo Junction, Health Sciences Library

Download the Research Series event schedule

Research Series 2nd semester 2018 at Impilo Junction Health Sciences Library
Date  Time Title   Notes   Presenters  Sign up
21-Sep 2-4 pm Searching PubMed   In-depth introduction to searching PubMed. This session is strongly recommended if you are doing a literature/systematic review.    Gill Morgan
28-Sep 2-4 pm Searching other databases and Primo   This session is strongly recommended if you are doing a literature/systematic review.    Namhla Madini & Marja Wren-Sargent
05-Oct 2-4 pm Literature review: searching   Where and how to find appropriate sources for your literature review. Earlier sessions Searching PubMed and Searching further databases are strongly recommended.   Mary Shelton
12-Oct 2-4 pm Writing up   Guide on how to write your literature/systematic review   FHS Writing Lab Staff
19-Oct 2-4 pm Systematic review: searching   Where and how to find appropriate sources for your systematic review. Earlier sessions Searching PubMed and Searching further databases are strongly recommended.   Mary Shelton
26-Oct 2-4 pm Researcher IDs   Different databases can have different identification numbers for the same author. A researcher ID is a unique ID / number which distinguishes you from other researchers. This session will get you started.   Namhla Madini & Dilshaad Brey
02-Nov 2-4 pm Research Data Management   The UCT Research Data Management (RDM) policy was approved by Council on 17 March 2018 and the new supervisor student MoU requires the publication of data in support of a thesis. This session would be of interest to both postgraduate students and supervisors.   Dilshaad Brey
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Thursday, 6 September 2018
Division of Human Genetics - MSC(MED) Scholarship
Thursday, 23 August 2018
URC Call for Applications: Conference Travel (Round 2)

2018 URC Call for Applications: Conference Travel Grants (Round 2)

Deadline for Round two Applications: Wednesday,19 September 2018

(For queries please contact Jacqueline Sylvester at


Please note: From 2018 on, all applications for URC conference travel grants must be submitted via the electronic Research Administration (eRA) system. For more information about the eRA system, help and support, please visit

The purpose of the award is to allow recipients to present the results of their recent research to a relevant audience at a conference or meeting of appropriately high academic standing. Please note: URC Conference travel funds should not be the primary source of funding for applicants as the URC is unable to fund 100% of eligible costs


UCT researchers who are:

  • Permanent and T2 contract academic staff;
  • Permanent Professional and Administrative Support Services (PASS) staff affiliated to academic departments; 
  • Contract staff appointed on academic conditions of service;
  • Honorary Research Associates; Emeritus Professors; Emeritus Associate Professors; Honorary Professors; Honorary Associate Professors and Senior Research Scholars who have published in DHET-accredited (subsidy-earning) publications in the past year; or
  • Permanent joint academic staff (excluding registrars).
  • Applicants may apply for a national conference once every year and an international conference once every two years.  However, subject to this, applicants cannot apply for both a national and an international conference in the same year


Assessment Criteria

These awards are granted on a competitive basis and will take the following into account:

  • The research output of the applicant over the last three years. This criterion may not apply to early-stage researchers;
  • The status of the conference;
  • The quality of interaction and exposure for the applicant; and
  • Envisaged research outputs emanating from the conference presentation.

The assessment of these criteria will be based on the information provided by the applicant and the motivation and support from the affiliated faculty/directorate.

Submission process

  • All applications must be submitted via the UCT Research Portal on the electronic Research Administration (eRA) system, You can download a step-by-step guide here or see the attached guideline. To learn more about the URC Conference Travel application process please see the video here.
  • Applications completed on the eRA system will require input from a Departmental Authority, typically your Head of Department (HoD), who will receive access to your application automatically once you have saved your complete version. Following HoD input, it will move through the system to the UCT Research Office. You will be able to see your completed application on the eRA system as well as what stage it is in.
  • No hardcopy submissions will be accepted.

Please note:

  • Awards will not be made for conferences retrospective to the application submission deadline unless proof can be provided that the previous conference call was made subsequent to the prior application submission deadline.  If the conference is taking place within 6 weeks following the submission deadline, please indicate this in the applicable field on the application form.
  • It is NOT a requirement for the abstract to be accepted for presentation by the conference travel application submission date. Should the acceptance of the paper, including proof of registration, not be available at the time of submission of the application, then a provisional award may be made pending the receipt of the acceptance of paper/poster.
  • Awards are not transferable and funding can only be used towards costs associated to the conference applied for.

Award Conditions

Awards are granted for a specific conference. Should the conference be cancelled or the full amount awarded not used for any reason, then the funds must revert to the URC.

For more information, please visit:

HOD How to guide on approval

Researcher How to guide on the the application process

eRA guidelines for URC travel call

Thursday, 23 August 2018
Central Employment Equity Training Dates


09H00 – 12H00 MASINGENE, ROOM 501



PLEASE CONTACT Ursula Fisher (Employment Equity Specialist, ) AND COPY THE FOLLOWING FHS-TEC EE TEAM: