Research Noticeboard

Monday, 16 September 2019
Call for Submissions: Department of Medicine Best Publication Award 2019

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to open submissions for the Department of Medicine Best Publication Award 2019.   

The Department of Medicine is offering a prize to the value of R10 000 (ten thousand Rands) for the best publication by a student or junior investigator (age of 40 years or less) in the department.  The age limit need not apply if the candidate is a registered student.  The publication will be judged by its quality and potential impact on health.  Basic science, translational and clinical papers, will be accepted for consideration.  The manuscript must have been published or accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed journal between the dates 1st July 2018 – 30th June 2019 inclusive.  A transparent rating process will be used to evaluate the submitted manuscripts.

Closing date for applications is the 20th of September by no later than 16:00.

Submission forms are available from Miss Janine Daniels. Please submit your application (PDF copy of your published manuscript together with the submission form) to Miss Janine Daniels; Department of Medicine, H Floor, Room H52, Old Main Building, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory or electronically to

The winner will be announced at Medicine Research Day 2019.

Yours sincerely,

A/Prof J Peter

Chair – Departmental Research Committee

Thursday, 5 September 2019
URC Call for Applications: Conference Travel (Round 2) 2019-2020

2019 URC Call for Applications: Conference Travel Grants

Deadline for Round two of Applications: 19 September 2019


(For queries please contact Jacqueline Sylvester at


Applications are invited for support for conferences taking place between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020.


Please note: 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. 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:

  • 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:

Thursday, 5 September 2019
Call For Applications/Nominations For The UCT’s Social Responsiveness Award (2019)

As the third pillar of the University of Cape Town’s  academic performance criteria alongside teaching/learning and research it is appropriate that social responsiveness receives institutional support and recognition to encourage staff to play an active development role in our cultural, economic, political, scientific, and social environment.

UCT has accordingly established a ‘Distinguished Social Responsiveness Award’ alongside the similar awards for teaching and research.  This provides a clear institutional signal to members of the University that social responsiveness is an important institutional activity.

The recipient(s) of the award will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: 

  • Activities that have resulted in demonstrable mutual benefit to the academic enterprise and an external non-academic constituency
  • Evidence of shared planning and decision-making practices.
  • Evidence of the way in which the initiative has enhanced teaching/learning or research processes.
  • Documented excellence in extending knowledge production (including indigenous and traditional knowledge systems), dissemination, integration and application of knowledge through social responsiveness.
  • Commitment to social justice and transformation

Depending on the nature of the activity the following criteria may be considered

  • Contribution to brokering and facilitating relationships which have enhanced the University’s engagement with local, regional, national or continental development challenges.
  • Contribution to new notions of professional practice designed to meet the needs of the South African context.
  • Evidence of sustainability of the initiative.


The award is open to individual staff and formal or informal groupings within the university.  Staff must be employed either on a permanent basis or under a limited term contract of at least two years and must have been employed for a period of not less than 12 months prior to the date of nomination.

Nomination procedures

The nominations/applications should include the following:

1. A narrative (no more than 1000 words) describing how the nominee/applicant fulfil(s) the stated criteria. The narrative should include: a detailed outline of the history, aims, scope and outcomes of the SR initiative, its methodology and the nature of partnerships involved.

2. A letter of commendation/reference from an external constituency commenting on the nature of the SR activity in which the candidate(s) has/have excelled, the developmental and reciprocal nature of the initiative, the nature of partnership, and the impact of the activities.

3.  A letter of commendation from a university referee commenting on the way in which the initiative has enhanced knowledge production, the curriculum, knowledge dissemination or knowledge application. 

4. For service learning programmes, comment will be invited on their structure according to sound educational principles in order to supplement and complement the theoretical components of the curriculum; demonstration of adequate supervision of participants; their thorough training/preparation for the project or programme and the regular and adequate assessment of the initiative.

5. As from 2015 the Committee may invite those unsuccessful candidates whom it considers to be at the appropriate level to remain on the list for two years after the year of nomination. Any nominee whom the Committee considers as being at the appropriate level will receive feedback related to areas to be reworked on the application and then invite them to resubmit an updated application.

Selection Committee

The University Social Responsiveness Committee will consider nominations and make recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor in relation to granting the award.

Value of award

R35 000

Use of award

The award may be used to further social responsiveness or can be used for any legitimate project expenses, including equipment, running expenses, travel or a combination of these.

Nominations and applications for the Distinguished Social Responsiveness Award should be submitted to Sonwabo Ngcelwane, Room 204, Research Office, 02 Rhodes Avenue (Corner of Main Road), Allan Cormack House, Mowbray, 7700 or no later than the 30 September 2019

The recipient of the award will be announced in December 2019 and awarded at a University Graduation Ceremony in April 2020

Thursday, 5 September 2019
Call for Applications for PG Diploma in Community and General Paediatrics programme 2019

Monday, 26 August 2019
Call for Abstracts for 2020 edition of the SAHR

The editors of the South African Health Review (SAHR) are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts for the 2020 edition is now open.  The theme for this edition is equitable health care for people with disabilities in South Africa.  Please help us to share this call and circulate via appropriate news feeds and mailing lists.  You can also like and share our postings on Facebook and Twitter. See documents attached and below for details.  Deadline for submissions is Thursday 31 October 2019.

SAHR Abstract Template

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, 15 July 2019
URC Call for Applications: Vera Davie Study and Research Bursary




Application Deadline: Monday, 30 September 2019


For more information, please contact Robyn Udemans (


The late Mrs Vera Davie made a bequest to the University in September 1981. In her will Mrs Davie suggested "… that a sum … be used … to supplement the income of a member of the staff of the University of Cape Town, who, proceeding overseas for study and research, with a view to publication or to better university teaching, might be hampered in such work by his inadequate financial resources".

Acting upon a recommendation of the General Purposes Committee (PC 412 date 21/09/81), the University Council determined that this award be known as the Vera Davie Study and Research Bursary.


  • Members of UCT staff on academic conditions of service, who will be proceeding abroad on study and research leave for a continuous period of three months or more, can apply.
  • Applicants should be at the early career or less established stage of their careers, defined for purposes of this award as being within 10 years of completing their higher degrees.


Note: Researchers applying for contact leave (research leave) shorter than 3 months will not be eligible.


A maximum value of R 25 000.

Conditions of Award:

1.   The recipient should return to his/ her post at the University for a period of at least 12 months from the completion of the leave for which the award is made.

2.   Should the award not be used in accordance with the conditions stipulated and for the purpose approved by the Committee when awarding it, a portion of the whole of it, as determined by the Committee, would have to be repaid.

Application Process:

Applications should include:

  1. Details of the intended programme of study and research.
  2. The number of times an applicant has been on study and research leave, and brief details thereof.
  3. A full motivation explaining the need for supplementary funding and providing the following information:

·       travel costs;

·       subsistence costs;

·       direct subventions applied for and received; and

·       any other information or variables for the Committee's attention.

  1. A full curriculum vitae including a list of publications.


Hard copies of the nominations may be e-mailed to  OR posted to the Research Office, Research Support Services Cluster (for attention: Robyn Udemans), 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray (but not both) on or before the deadline (Monday, 30 September 2019).


Please note: If you have not received confirmation that your application has been received by the Research Office within two days of the closing date, please contact the Research Office.

Monday, 24 June 2019
NRF Call for Applications: SA/China Young Scientist Exchange Programme (YSEP) 2020

NRF Call for Applications

South Africa / China Young Scientist Exchange Programme (YSEP) 2020


NRF deadline: Monday, 30 September 2019

Please direct all queries to Phiwo Qoza (


UCT researchers from all disciplines are invited to host early to mid-career researchers from China for a minimum period of six months or for a maximum period of twelve months. Only 10 successful applicants will be hosted in South Africa in 2020.



A researcher residing in China can apply directly to the NRF and to the China Science and Technology Exchange Centre (CSTEC) to be hosted for a sabbatical fellowship at UCT in 2020.


The research visitor must be:

  • A researcher residing in the People’s Republic of China and based at a Chinese government funded University or research institute, or a national - or provincial- level innovative enterprise;
  • Younger than 45 years of age;
  • In possession of a Doctoral degree and at least 5 years of post-doctoral research experience;
  • Proficient in the English Language;
  • Have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed to with the UCT host researcher.



6 moths fellowship:        R28 000 per month for six months (total R168 000)

12 months fellowship:    R28 000 per month for twelve months (R336 000)



The UCT host researcher should provide the Chinese applicant with an official letter of invitation and support and a copy of the host’s Curriculum Vitae (CV).

The visiting researcher must provide the UCT host with an official letter confirming affiliation to a Chinese government funded University or research institution, or a national - or provincial- level innovative enterprise.



Applications from visiting researchers should be received in both countries. In China via the China Science and Technology Exchange Centre (CSTEC) (according to the Call issued on the Ministry of Science and Technology of China website:   


In South Africa via the NRF Online Submission System

  • 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 ‘Research Grants: International’
  • Click on the plus (+) sign next to “China (YSEP) (Review Period 2)”
  • 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;
  • Attach the supporting documentation in PDF format;
  • Click on the Final submit button.


It is of utmost importance to consult the attached Call Guidelines document for more details about the call, the management of funds, selection criteria and conditions of award.

Monday, 24 June 2019
NRF call: German / South Africa Partnership on International Research Training Groups (IRTGs)


Call for Joint Applications

German / South Africa Partnership on International Research Training Groups (IRTGs)


Important dates:

  • Submission of DRAFT proposals to DFG is open all year 
  • Submission of FULL proposals to be submitted to the NRF by 30 September each year.
  • UCT Internal deadline for FULL proposals is 9 September


Please direct all queries to Roshan Sonday at

IRTG's Call Announcement


IRTGs are structured Doctoral Programmes aimed at training scientists and academics at different stages of their careers, with an emphasis on doctoral researchers. IRTGs promote systematic research cooperation through joint research and qualification programmes as well as through cooperative cross-border supervision of doctoral researchers.



Applications for IRTG’s are open to all subject areas, and interdisciplinary joint projects are encouraged. An IRTG should be run by two small teams of Professors in Germany and in South Africa respectively. Each team should have 5 to 10 members with proven expertise both in the IRTG’s main research topic and in providing outstanding supervision to doctoral students. The participating researchers’ expertise should be complementary and provide added value to the IRTG. Each team of Professors should be based at a single HEI in Germany and South Africa respectively. In convincingly justified cases, an IRTG may be proposed by more than two universities. 


The German and South African teams should jointly formulate a high quality and coherent research and training programme to be implemented on both sides. The teams should have common research interests and objectives, and these must be reflected in a common framework and joint project. Applications are submitted by the host university.



UCT researchers based in South Africa can apply as the Principal Investigator (PI). The PI must be in possession of a PhD with extensive experience in supervising doctoral students.

If on contract, it must be until the end of the funding period.


Two South African universities may partner in a single IRTG. This partnership is encouraged when one of the institutions is a Historically Disadvantaged Institution and the other a Historically Advantaged Institution. There must be a lead institution and a lead PI who will take the overall responsibility and accountability of the IRTG and reporting to the NRF.



A total funding amount of R10 million is available for one IRTG for a funding period of 4.5 years made available as follows:

  • R5.4 million for a maximum of 15 Doctoral fellowships at R120 000 per student per annum for 3 years (total R360 000).
  • R4.6 million for research activities, students’ exchanges, short-term visits by Professors, etc.

Continuation of funding after the first funding period will be available subject to a successful renewal proposal.


Funding can be requested for the following activities:

  • Funding for 3-year PhD positions/fellowships; 
  • Project-specific funding for dissertation research project (e.g. consumables);
  • Longer term coordinated and reciprocal research visits (one or more with an overall duration of 6-12 months) by doctoral students to the respective partner institutions;
  • Workshops, conferences and seminars
  • Short term visits by the research Professors (i.e. supervisors)


Preparatory workshops

Additional funding will be made available to support preparatory meetings for IRTG applications. Funding will be granted only if research cooperation is already established and plans for the IRTG have already been consolidated. Funding for the joint workshops may either be applied for prior to the draft proposal submission or after positive evaluation of the draft proposal but prior to submission of the full proposal. The NRF will support South African researchers’ participation at a maximum of R50 000 for 1 preparatory workshop per IRTG. The workshop can be held in either South Africa or Germany. The NRF will only fund a workshop that has been approved by the DFG. An application for a workshop must be accompanied by a letter from the DFG confirming that the workshop has been approved.

Funding for preparatory workshops is requested from DFG according to form 1.30en (see form attached)


  1. Draft Proposals

A joint IRTG Draft Proposal can be submitted to the DFG by the German host university throughout the year. Applicants must consult with DFG on the timing of the submission to ensure that the timelines for full proposals can be met. Submissions can be made via the

DFG elan portal: The Draft Proposal shall be prepared according to the attached Form 1.303en (“Draft Proposal Preparation Instructions for Research Training Groups and International Research Training Groups.”.

  • Positively evaluated draft proposals will be invited to submit a joint Full Proposal.


  1. Full Proposals

Successful draft proposals will be invited to submit Full Proposals by 30 September each year via the NRF Online Submission System. Funding decisions are communicated in May each year.


It is of utmost importance that you consult the call guide for more information about the call and for FAQ.


Monday, 8 April 2019
Joint NAM S&T Centre - ICCBS Fellowship in Natural Products Chemistry, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals: Call for Applications for 2019-20

Joint NAM S&T Centre-ICCBS Fellowship for 2019-20

Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing

Countries ICCBS Fellowship in Natural Products Chemistry, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals:

Call for Applications for 2019-20

Enquiries and submissions must be directed to

Fellowship guidelines and application form attached or visit

The NAM S&T Centre is pleased to invite applications from suitable candidates for the Joint NAM S&T Centre - ICCBS Fellowship in Natural Products Chemistry, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals for the year 2019-20.

This Fellowship is offered to scientists and researchers of the Member Countries of the NAM S&T Centre for affiliation with the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) of the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan [] for a period of up to 3 months to work in the areas of Natural Products Chemistry, Herbal Medicines, Drugs, Pharmaceuticals and Neutraceuticals, Molecular Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Structural biology, Nanotechnology, Proteomics and Genomics, Drug Research, Clinical Research etc. in order to enhance their research skills, facilitate exchange of information and contacts and create a network between the scientists and researchers from Pakistan and other developing countries. Under this scheme, The NAM S&T Centre pays the return international airfare from the home country to Karachi to the selected Fellows only from those Member Countries of the NAM S&T Centre or Members of the NAM S&T – Industry Network, which have no outstanding dues towards the annual membership subscription to the Centre. The ICCBS provides free furnished accommodation and a monthly allowance of US$250 for meals and out of pocket expenses to the selected Fellows.

Applications recommended by the parent institutions of the applicants may be submitted to the NAM S&T Centre through E-mail in the relevant format.

There is no last date for submitting applications and selection will be made on first-cum-first basis strictly based on the professional details of the applicant, plan of work to be carried out and mutual research interests of the applicant and ICCBS. Copies of the guidelines for the Fellowship and the application form are attached (also available at the Centre’s Website

Scientists from countries which are not the Members of the NAM S&T Centre, and also Pakistan, are not eligible to apply for this Fellowship. Lists of the Member countries and the NAM S&T – Industry Members of the Centre and the details of the Focal Points of the Centre in these countries/ Network Members are available at the Centre’s Website

Announcement, guidelines and application form

Application Form for NAM S&T Centre - ICCBS Fellowship

NAM Centre- CV Format