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Monday, 27 February 2017
Call for PhD students to participate in 4 month University of Oxford visit

Reminder Call for PhD students to participate in 4 month University of Oxford visit.

Applications to be submitted to Michelle Fisher ml.fisher@uct.ac.za by 17h00, 1st March 2017. It is unlikely that this opportunity will be repeated, within this programme.

Sent: 07 February 2017 07:42 AM

Call for PhD students to participate in 4 month University of Oxford visit- deadline 15th March 2017

A call for 2017 applications for the Newton/RCUK PhD partnership scheme, opened to PhD students within the Faculty of Health Sciences.  x6 FHS UCT PhD students will visit the University of Oxford on a 4 month exchange (with an equivalent exchange opportunity for University of Oxford PhD students to visit the FHS). The scheme will cover the costs of these exchange visits, a stipend, a contribution to research and bench fees and additional partnering activities.

The South African PI of the scheme is Professor Mark Hatherill, SATVI. Selection criteria will include: quality of application, impact of project and future pathway for both student and partnership. Preference will be given to students with excellent projects and those who do not have current funding for such an exchange. Preference may also be given to students who are closely linked with Historically Disadvantaged Institutions in South Africa who are part of collaborative links with Oxford University.

This is a really exciting opportunity for both students and departments at UOXF/UCT and students are highly encouraged to apply. Travel to Oxford University can be until later in the year, they will have until the beginning of December 2017 to travel.

University of Cape Town application to be submitted via Michelle Fisher ml.fisher@uct.ac.za by 17h00, 1st March 2017. Application form attached.

University of Oxford application forms should go to Jennifer McNulty Jennifer.mcnulty@ndm.ox.ac.uk by 1st March 2017.

Final closing deadline: 17h00, 15th March 2017.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes, Michelle

Dr Michelle Fisher |Project Manager

South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI), 

Room S2.01, Werhner and Beit South Building, IDM, UCT FHS,

Anzio Rd, Observatory, 7925,

Cape Town, South Africa

Tel +27 21 650-1868; +27 76 990 8190| www.satvi.uct.ac.za

Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Masters Scholarship: Brain Behaviour Unit (BBU)

The Brain Behaviour Unit (BBU) invites applications for Master’s Scholarships in the areas of psychiatric neurogenetics, neuroimaging, and neuro-development.

Monday, 20 February 2017
2017 Dutkiewicz Family Scholarship

The Dutkiewicz Family Trust has made a limited number of scholarships available for Master’s students who will register for the 1st or 2nd year of Master’s study in Energy Research.

Applications are invited from students of any nationality who have achieved a weighted average of at least 60% in the final year of the previous qualification.  Suitable candidates must have demonstrated a passion for the study of energy.

The value of the awards is R35,000 per annum, tenable for one year only for students registering for the 2nd year of study,  and for one year, renewable for one further year for students registering for the 1st year of study, conditional on satisfactory academic progress.

Conditions of Award:

Successful candidates will be required to:

  • Have achieved a weighted average of at least 60% in the final year of the previous qualification.
  • Ensure that the scholarship funds are used towards tuition, academic materials, housing and research project costs.
  • Provide an account of expenditure of the scholarship.
  • Repay all or part of the scholarship to the University of Cape Town should she/he withdraw from the course for which the scholarship has been awarded; deregister or fail to achieve the degree in the agreed time-frame.
  • Provide a mid-year progress report in June 2017, reflecting grades achieved for mid-year examinations and/or comment by the Course Convenor/Supervisor on progress of the research project.
  • Provide a full report on the year’s study including final results and a copy of the research project in December 2017 or January 2018.  If the successful candidate does not complete the requirements for the degree in 2017, reasons for this and a new time-frame for completion must be provided, bearing in mind that the repayment requirement (for failure to complete in terms of the original time-frame) may have to be implemented.
  • Submit a letter of acknowledgement to the Dutkiewicz Family Trust.
  • Present the work and interim or final findings of the research project to the Trustees of the Dutkiewicz Family Trust.
  • Undertake to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practices on postgraduate funding.
  • Where applicable students may be required to provide documentary proof to support information provided in the affidavit

Further information and the application may be downloaded via: https://www.uct.ac.za/apply/funding/postgraduate/applications/

Applications along with supporting documentation must be submitted to The Director, Postgraduate Centre & Funding Office, 3rd Level Otto Beit Building Upper Campus, University of Cape Town by no later than

28 February 2017

LATE AND INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

The University reserves the right to cancel, withdraw and recover any funds paid to the award-holder if she/he does not comply with the Conditions of Award.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017
AEC Annual Progress & Final Report submission

Dear Researcher

The Animal Ethics Committee in the Faculty of Health Sciences would like to take this opportunity to inform researchers about the forthcoming submission date for Annual Progress Reports (APRs) and Final Reports. The submission date is Tuesday, 28 February 2017. The AEC encourages researchers to submit the required ARP and Final Report on or before the submission date.

The AEC would like to introduce an online system, Submittable, for the submission of APRs and Final Report forms. Attached, please find a How-to-guide (with a link to Submittable) to guide you through the submission process.

Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.

General queries may be directed to:

Mrs Nosi Tsama

Phone: (021) 404 7682

E-mail: nosi.tsama@uct.ac.za

System queries may be directed to:

Mr Sidney Engelbrecht

Phone: (021) 650 5057

E-mail: sidney.engelbrecht@uct.ac.za

Thursday, 9 February 2017
SAMRC/Innovate UK Newton Competition

The SAMRC and Innovate UK are to invest up to R 9, 5 million and £1.5 million respectively. This joint call aims to enable precision medicine projects that develop affordable gene-based diagnostics for non-communicable diseases and child health. These must be targeted specifically at the South African population.
 
The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the South Africa and the UK. The South African Medical Research Council and Innovate UK are funding this competition, administered by the Newton Fund.
 
Projects should put forward precision medicine solutions addressing one or more of the following challenges:

  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • cancer
  • child health 

This joint funding process will enable a joint application process from each project consortium. We expect projects to range in size from total South African costs of R 3,000,000 to R 3,500,000. Projects should last up to 36 months.
 
We invite applications from a South African research organisation, business or platform. If you are a South African you can carry out the project as the only SA partner or you can work with others. The project lead on the UK-side must be a business. However, at least one partner must be a UK business.
 
The competition opens on 30 January 2017.
You must register before midday on 10 May 2017.
You must apply before midday on 17 May 2017.
 
Attend the briefing event on Friday 3 February 2017.
Register and apply online.
 
http://www.mrc.ac.za/funding/NewtonCall4.htm (direct link to the RFA)
 
Please share with your network
Best regards
 
Rizwana Mia
Program Manager: Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships
GRANTS INNOVATION & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
South African Medical Research Council
Tel: +27 21 938 0984
Francie van Zijl Drive, Parow Valley | Cape Town| Western Cape
www.samrc.ac.za

Thursday, 9 February 2017
ACU Early Career Academic Grants for conference participation

Applications are now open for this year’s round of Early Career Academic Grants.

Grants are awarded to academic staff working at ACU member universities, to enable participation in an academic conference in another Commonwealth country. Applications are open to early career academics who have not previously had the opportunity to travel outside their home region for work purposes.

The grants aim to facilitate international mobility and career development by opening up opportunities for early career academics from ACU member universities. Since the scheme began in 2013, staff from 73 different member institutions have benefitted.

In 2017, a minimum of 30 grants are on offer, with a maximum amount of GBP £2000 available for each recipient. Applications close on Sunday 2 April 2017.

The ACU would like you to encourage eligible academic staff to apply. Further information, along with the application form, can be found on the ACU website.

With best wishes,

Terri Jacques
Senior Scholarships and Fellowships Officer 

Thursday, 9 February 2017
Australia Awards Post-doctoral Fellowships 2017

CLOSING DATE 28 February 2017
 
Application guidelines can be viewed at http://aaun.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Post-Doctoral-FellowshipsPost-Doctoral-Fellowships-Guidelines-FINAL.pdf
 
For any enquiries please email postdoc@australiaawardsafrica.org
 
UCT academics / researchers who are citizens of Botswana; Ghana; Kenya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mauritius; Mozambique; Nigeria; South Africa; Tanzania; or Zambia are now invited to apply for an Australia Awards Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
 
Fellowships will be up to 2 years in total, comprised of research components in both Australia and South Africa but limited to 12 months in Australia. This Australian component of the award will be fully funded by the Program.
 
Some of the eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • An applicant must be a citizen of an eligible African country (i.e. Botswana; Ghana; Kenya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mauritius; Mozambique; Nigeria; South Africa; Tanzania; Zambia)
  • An applicant must be affiliated to the University of Cape Town in an academic/research capacity
  • An applicant must be at least 25 and not more than 50 years of age at the date of application
  • Host institution in Australia must be a member of the AAUN (i.e. Curtin University; Griffith University; Monash University; Murdoch University; The University of Melbourne; The University of Newcastle; The University of New South Wales; The University of Sydney; The University of Western Australia; and Western Sydney University)
  • Have been conferred a PhD
  • Field of research must be aligned to Science & Technology, Agricultural Productivity and/or Health
  • Must be able to commence their program in the academic year 2017  

Application guidelines can be viewed at http://aaun.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Post-Doctoral-FellowshipsPost-Doctoral-Fellowships-Guidelines-FINAL.pdf
 
For any enquiries please email postdoc@australiaawardsafrica.org

Thursday, 9 February 2017
URC Short Research Visit (SRV) / Short Research Course (SRC) Grants

URC call for applications
SHORT RESEARCH VISIT (SRV) / SHORT RESEARCH COURSE (SRC) GRANTS
Deadline for First Round of 2017 Applications:
Friday, 17 March 2017
 
Please send all queries to Paul Dantu
(Contact details: researchfunding@uct.ac.za, tel: 021 650 1954) 
 
Please Note that there will only be two calls for 2017:

  • First Deadline: 17 March 2017; and
  • Second Deadline: 26 July 2017 

Purpose of the grant
The purpose of this URC funding is to contribute to UCT’s research output and profile. These grants are intended to support staff wishing to make short research visits or to attend short research courses abroad for no longer than TWO months to enhance their research productivity.  The visit/course attendance must be embedded within the ambit of the applicant’s research endeavours.
 
Applications are highly competitive and funding is currently limited to a maximum of R 20,000 per application.
 
Eligibility
UCT researchers who are: 

  • Permanent academic staff;
  • Honorary Research Associates; Emeritus Professors; Emeritus Associate Professors; Honorary Professors; Honorary Associate Professors and Senior Research Scholars who have published in accredited, subsidy-earning publications in the past year; 
  • Joint permanent academic staff (excluding registrars); and
  • Contract staff employed on academic conditions of service and who have published in accredited, subsidy-earning publications in the past year. Preference will be given to contract staff with valid NRF ratings.   

Track records in the training of post-graduate students and accredited publications are advantages.
 
Submission process
1.   The applicant must use the correct application form (SRV: R&I24 form) downloaded from http://forms.uct.ac.za/forms.htm#ResearchInnovation
2.   The applicant must ensure that the complete and correctly endorsed application reaches the Research Office on or before the deadline date. Under NO circumstances will the deadline be extended.
3.   Applications for visits/courses attended retrospective to the application closing date of 17 March 2017 will NOT be considered.
4.   Hard copies may be posted to the Research Office, Research Grants Management Cluster , 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray OR e-mailed to researchfunding@uct.ac.za  (but not both) on or before deadline date. Please ensure that you receive an acknowledgement of receipt within two days of the closing date.
 
Please note
After the visit, a brief report must be submitted to the Committee (see R&I22 form) accessible at http://forms.uct.ac.za/forms.htm#ResearchInnovation

 
 
Thursday, 9 February 2017
NIH Revision Applications for the U.S.-South Africa Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research

Revision Applications for the U.S.-South Africa Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research (R01 & U01)

The purpose of the R01 and U01 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) is to provide funding that will expand specific activities under the U.S.-South Africa Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research. Revision applications are expected to enhance the pool of investigators in South Africa from underrepresented backgrounds in the country's workforce and who are engaged in collaborative research activities in the areas of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS biomedical and behavioural science, and HIV-related co-morbidities, including malignancies. For the purpose of these opportunities, underrepresented scientists in South Africa are defined as members of the South African Black, Coloured and Indian population groups, and/or scientists employed by South African historically disadvantaged institutions (HDIs) and/or other Universities of Technology.

Current U.S. and South African awardees through RFA-AI-14-009 (R01) and RFA-AI-14-018 (U01) as well as South African scientists with direct NIH funding may apply for supplementary funds. Application budgets are limited to $250,000 per year in total costs for up to two years. For the U01 opportunity, this budget limit is inclusive of the limit of $50,000 per year to support NIH Intramural investigator's costs attributed to the proposed revision activities. At the time of award of the revision, there must be two years remaining on the applicant’s parent award for a two year revision request or one year remaining on the parent award for a one year revision request.

The NIH deadline for submission of applications is 28 March 2017.

Please note: NIH applications must reach the Research Contracts and Innovation Office (RC&I) five (5) working days before the funder’s deadline for institutional approval and submission. In addition, applicants from the FHS must submit a C1 form three (3) working days in advance of the RC&I deadline.

Further information about the opportunities can be found at:
R01: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-16-082.html
U01: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-16-083.html

Thursday, 9 February 2017
Wellcome Trust Fellowships

Wellcome Trust Training Fellowships
Wellcome Trust Training Fellowships offer research experience and training to early-stage researchers from low- and middle-income countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level. Training Fellowship funding is for three years and covers salary, fees to register for a higher degree, and research expenses.
To be eligible to apply you must be:

  • a national of a low- or middle-income country;
  • have a degree in a subject relevant to public health or tropical medicine, or have a degree in medicine and are qualified to enter higher specialist training; and
  • you must have some initial research experience.

If applying with a degree in medicine, you would be expected to register for a PhD if awarded the fellowship. You may also apply if you have a PhD and no more than three years' postdoctoral experience. Research proposals can include laboratory-based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but projects focused solely on studies in vitro or animal models only are not usually considered. Applicants will also need to identify a sponsor who will provide support and mentorship.
The Wellcome Trust deadline for submission of preliminary applications is 8 May 2017.
Please note: Wellcome Trust applications submitted online must reach the Research Contracts and Innovation Office (RC&I) five (5) working days before the funder’s deadline for institutional approval and submission. In addition, the FHS C1 form must be submitted three (3) working days in advance of the RC&I deadline.
Further information about the opportunity can be found at https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/training-fellowships-public-health-and-tropical-medicine
 
Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowships
Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowships help mid-career researchers from low- and middle-income countries establish independent research programs in those countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level. Intermediate Fellowship funding is for five years and covers salary and research expenses.
To be eligible to apply you must be:

  • a national of a low- or middle-income country;
  • have a PhD or a degree in medicine and are qualified to enter higher specialist training;
  • and have three to six years postdoctoral experience.

If you don’t have a PhD or a degree in medicine, you may still be considered if you have a first or Master’s degree and can show substantial research experience. Applicants must have a strong track record in your area of research and show the potential to become a scientific leader. Research proposals can include laboratory-based molecular analysis of field or clinical samples, but projects focused solely on studies in vitro or using animal models only are not usually considered. Applicants will also need to identify a sponsor who will provide support and mentorship.
The Wellcome Trust deadline for submission of preliminary applications is 8 May 2017.
Please note: Wellcome Trust applications submitted online must reach the Research Contracts and Innovation Office (RC&I) five (5) working days before the funder’s deadline for institutional approval and submission. In addition, the FHS C1 form must be submitted three (3) working days in advance of the RC&I deadline.

Further information about the opportunity can be found at https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/intermediate-fellowships-public-health-and-tropical-medicine