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Thursday, 6 December 2018
NRF Call For Applications Research And Technology Fund (RTF) - 2019



UCT internal deadline - Monday, 21 January 2019, 09h00

 Please direct all queries to Robyn Udemans (


Due to limited funding, only one proposal per applicant will be approved for funding and a maximum of three projects per institution will be funded for a three-year period (2019-2021)



The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has established the Research and Technology Fund (RTF) as a vehicle to optimise DAFF’s investment in research and improve coordination of efforts within the research system. The National Agricultural Research and Development Strategy was a key guiding document for the establishment of the RTF.


The RTF aims to contribute to the following strategic goals:

  • Improve the funding mechanism for research and innovation;
  • Develop capacity building and research partnerships;
  • Develop new technologies to support small-holder cooperatives in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, technically and in terms of market requirements; and
  • Conduct commodity-specific research to support improved products in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries sectors.



2.1   Co-funding Model (CoFM)

Each successful CoFM application will be funded to a maximum total of R1.5mil for a three-year period (2019 – 2021).


The CoFM research topics and areas will primarily be directed by the industrial partners who will also be co-funding. The core purpose of CoFM is to promote public-private partnerships in research and development. It will provide a collaborative platform for government to address challenges faced by industry in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries sectors and to improve the funding mechanism for research and innovation. Under this mechanism mandatory monetary contribution from the industry being at least 20 - 50% of the project budget, will be required as a condition for funding, and no in-kind contribution will be matched. Funding priority will be given to projects that benefit the disadvantaged communities.

It is of utmost importance that applicants consult the attached Framework and Application Guide for more detailed information about the funding criteria and rules (pages 2-8) and the Assessment scorecard (Annexure 1). 


2.2   Competitive Funding Model (CompFM)

Only researchers from Historically Disadvantaged Institutions (HDIs) OR a Science Council OR a Provincial Department of Agriculture Research Station/Centre are eligible to apply as lead PIs for this funding model. UCT researchers can therefore only be included as Co-investigators/Research Associates/Collaborators in proposals submitted by other eligible institutions.

Each successful CompFM application will be funded to a maximum total of R750 000 for a three-year period (2019 – 2021).

No co-funding is required in this funding model, but research projects must be informed by the DAFF priorities. CompFM will consider supporting projects that will be carried out by public research institutions/universities, based on transformation ideals, technologies suitable for small-holder producers, etc. Extensive collaboration is important for projects funded under this mechanism.



The following items will be funded within both funding models:




Research Consumables

  • Materials
  • Supplies
  • Small equipment


Personnel costs (Excludes current employees of the institutions involved in the project. The motivation for these costs must be clearly presented in the funding proposal.)


  • Research Assistants remuneration
  • Technical, scientific, personnel


Travel costs

  • Local travel: to present a paper at a conference or visiting of project collaborators. The cost may not exceed 10% of the project cost.
  • International travel: for events, including workshops, conferences and visiting experts and/or centres of specialization which are essential for the project. A maximum amount of R60, 000 per project per annum, and only for the principal and co-investigators.
  • Local accommodation: costs should not exceed a 3* establishment
  • Subsistence: costs should be aligned, and be in compliance with the financial policies of the Research Institution that incurs the expenditure




BURSARIES (Please see annexure 2 for the equity and nationality ratios. Each project must have at least two postgraduate level student participants.)


Final year undergraduate/Honours/BTech student assistantships


R60 000 p.a. (1 year)



R90 000 p.a. (2 years)



R120 000 p.a. (3 year)




Postdoctoral Research Fellows

On nomination




UCT researchers are eligible to apply as the Principal Investigator (for the CoFM model only) provided that they:

  • Have experience and qualification in Agriculture, Forestry or Fisheries research,
  • Have capacity to supervise students at postgraduate level
  • Are permanent, full-time UCT employees


  • On a full-time contract at UCT, on condition that the applicant’s appointment is for at least the duration of the project applied for in the submission (January 2019 – December 2021). 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.


  • Retired academics / researchers provided that they meet all set criteria below:
    • Are active researchers resident in South Africa;
    • Are formally affiliated to UCT (e.g. appointed as an Emeritus Professor, Honorary Research Associate / Professor)
    • Are active researchers with a distinguished track record in research and postgraduate student supervision;
    • Are actively mentoring / training postgraduate students / young research staff; and
    • A minimum of six months is spent at UCT for the purpose of research and research capacity development.


To advance DAFF and sector transformation ideals priority will be given to historically disadvantaged South Africans.


Postdoctoral fellows, students, technical and support staff are NOT eligible to apply.



Applications must be submitted online at

  • Register / Login using your ID number and password;
  • From the menu on the top left and hover over ‘My applications’ and click on ‘Create application’. Then click on the plus (+) sign next to ‘Research and Technology Fund 2019’.
  • Update your CV (student supervision record, research outputs and contact details, etc.). This is an 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 *)
  • Attach the following compulsory document:
  • CoFM:  a letter from the industry partner(s) in which they confirm their participation and their approval/support of the application, commit to co-funding and indicate their anticipated benefit from the proposed project.
  • Note: The Partner Principle Investigator Section is compulsory and will only be marked as complete once the Industry partner(s) have confirmed their participation in the project. A link will be sent to them automatically from the NRF system once their details have been entered and saved to the section.
  • Click on the submit button once your application has been completed.


Please be advised that the UCT Research Office may not review applications that are submitted after UCT’s internal closing date – Monday, 21 January at 09h00.


The NRF system will close on Wednesday, 30 January at 23:59 and no applications can be submitted after this deadline.


Date Management Plan in 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) which is available here: or, alternatively, please see the following UCT webpage for more information about Research Data Management planning including a link to UCT’s online data management planning tool (DMPonline).


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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Monday, 13 August 2018
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Thursday, 15 February 2018
Advanced Computing Committee (ACC) Research Equipment Call for 2018

Faculty-prioritised Research Compute Grants

Deadline for Applications to Faculty Computing/IT Committees:  9 March 2018

(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 R500 000) compute related hardware and software.

Should you wish to apply for large computer equipment (>R1m), please submit to ACC as part of this call.

The Advanced Computing Committee (ACC) considers applications from Faculties for strategic research related compute equipment and software items that are not covered in the conventional way by Faculty Equipment IT Committees.


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).

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:

Table 1: Details of the Faculty ACC representatives



ACC Representative

Contact details



A/Prof K Thomas



Tel: 650-4608

Health Sciences

Research Committee

Ms Carlette Hlungwani


Tel: 406-6087


Commerce IT

Prof M Wittenberg


Dr J Ophoff



Tel: 650-5243


Tel:  650-4387


EBE Faculty IT Committee

Prof E van Steen


A/Prof S Skatulla



Tel: 650-3796


Tel:  021 650-2595



Science Faculty IT Committee

Dr T Dietel


Prof B Hewitson



Tel: 650-3325


Tel:  650-2878


Law IT Committee

Mr R Bradstreet


A/Prof T Schonwetter



Tel: 650-4501


Tel:  650-3914

  • The application form accompanied by 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 9th March 2018. Please submit your application via email or in hardcopy 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 the Research Office. Faculty representatives may post hardcopies to the Research Support Services, Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray or e-mail them to
  • The Research Office will not accept late or retrospective applications as well as ad hoc applications.  

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.
  • 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 Research Office.
  • A report on the expenditure of this equipment award is required to be submitted to the ACC in November 2018.


Applications to reach the Advanced Computing Committee Representative: 9th March 2018

Relevant Faculty IT committee representatives to submit applications to the Research Office for ACC review: 30th March 2018

Funding outcome to Advanced Computing Committee Representatives: 13th April 2018