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Friday, 5 April 2019
Call for Applications UCT Enabling Grant Seeker Excellence Awards

Call for Applications

UCT Enabling Grant Seeker Excellence Awards

Application Deadline: 30 June 2019

Please address all queries to


Under the leadership of the acting DVC for Research & Internationalisation, Prof Kevin Naidoo, and as part of a three-year pilot initiative, the Research Office announces the launch of UCT Enabling Grant Seeker Excellence Awards. In the context of an increasingly unpredictable national research funding environment, the purpose of this intervention is to encourage applications to external – particularly international – funders and to decrease research funding dependency on the university (and ultimately, beyond this call, also the NRF). The challenge is to use our limited resources to encourage a desire for excellence that is built on independence. The call will be repeated annually on a rolling basis for three years with applications due on 30 June each year. Researchers are encouraged to continuously seek research funding from external-to-UCT sources (including the NRF).



Applications for Enabling Grant Seeker Excellence awards are encouraged from researchers who meet both of the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Researchers appointed on permanent or contract UCT academic conditions of service, including joint Provincial Government of the Western Cape/UCT academic staff (excluding registrars), on condition that the employment contract is valid for the duration of the grant period.
  1. Researchers

2.1. who as principal investigator or UCT lead of a collaborative project [1] are applying (or have applied) for the first time in their careers for external-to-UCT grants between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2019[2].


2.2. who are not currently in receipt of external-to-UCT grants and are applying (or have applied) as principal investigator or UCT lead for an external-to-UCT grant between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2019.


2.3. whose external-to-UCT grant as principal investigator or UCT lead is ending in the course of 2019 (at which point they will hold no other external-to-UCT grants) and are applying (or have applied) as principal investigator for an external-to-UCT grant between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2019.



The e-application form is available here.

In order to access the form please sign into Google using your UCT network ID and password.


The awards will be sized according to the following sliding scales, which are linked to the amount the UCT principal investigator or lead researcher will bring into the University should the external-to-UCT grant application be successful:

  • R100 000 UCT awards for external-to-UCT grant applications of R5m or more
  • R50 000 UCT awards for external-to-UCT grant applications of less than R5m but more than R1m
  • R20 000 UCT awards for external-to-UCT grant applications of less than R1m and more than R100k
  • R10 000 UCT awards for external-to-UCT grant applications of less than R100k and more than R50k


All eligible researchers are encouraged to submit an application although the number of awards available each year are limited. Should demand be greater than the budget allocation, preference would be given in order of priority 2.1. – 2.3. as stipulated under criterion 2 above.

In the application, the researcher will be asked to detail how the UCT enabler award will be used in relation to the work detailed in the external-to-UCT grant. Researchers are cautioned to make considered and careful submissions to external agencies as inadequate proposals to funders risks reputational damage to themselves and affect their own future success with such funders. 

[1] In all cases, only principal investigators or the single UCT lead researcher on a collaborative grant would be eligible. Team members on collaborative grants are not eligible.

[2] In all cases, going forward, the cycles will be adjusted to 12 months, e.g. 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 and so forth.

Monday, 11 March 2019



UCT internal closing dates: 10th of every month until November.

(No applications can be submitted in December.)

Please direct all enquiries to Mbasa Mguye (  

Framework Document


The Knowledge Advancement and Support (KAS) Directorate provides Development Grants in an effort to support and promote the development of new fields; as well as to re-invigorate and stimulate existing fields or subfields that may be in decline. The programme thus strives to support initiatives that examine, analyse and pave the way for the advancement of knowledge fields. Development Grants will be awarded for the development of any discipline or field of research, including those in the Social Sciences, Humanities, the Law, Natural science, Engineering and Technology.

Development activities should focus on:

  • Particular fields;
  • Interdisciplinary and/ or
  • Trans-disciplinary combinations.

Knowledge Fields Development is achieved by, inter alia:

  • Promoting active interaction between researchers within and across disciplines and knowledge fields;
  • Strengthening scientific and professional organisations of the South African research community; and
  • Strengthening networks within and beyond the South African research community.


The following activities will be funded in this grant: roundtable discussions, advisory committees, workshops; forum meetings; symposia, audits of professional associations etc., in support of the development of a field, both with the research community and with other stakeholders (government; industry; etc.).

Please see page 4 of the Framework documents for activities that will not be supported.

Special note on funding for Forums

Start-up funds will be made available to support the coming together of forums that are specifically aimed at addressing the development and/or strengthening of new, “breakaway”/spinoff fields and or emerging areas or trends that arise in the national or global interest and require specific attention. Such fora will ideally be to decide on the way forward for the new initiative, with a view to it ultimately developing into a professional body or scientific organization in its own right.

Applications for forum funding must include an exposition on sustainability of the forum into the future, as well as clearly justify how they are different from the ordinary workings of an association or society.

Support for new forums will be limited to 1 event per annum for not more than 2 years.


Funding will range from a minimum of R20,000 to a maximum of R200,000 per proposal for 2019 to cover costs for travel, venue hire, operating costs and a 10% administration levy for management or co-ordination of the event. Requests for additional items can be motivated for in the application.

The NRF will release 90% of the award amount upon receipt of the signed Conditions of Grant letter. The remaining 10% will be released upon receipt and approval of the final project report to be submitted within two months after the completion of the funded activity.


UCT researchers can apply for the grant.

Students and Postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible to apply.


Applications must be submitted through an online application process, via

  • 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 ‘Customised Programmes’
  • Click on the plus (+) sign next to ‘Knowledge Fields Development Grants’;
  • 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;
  • Ensure to click on the “save” button after every update.
  • Attach the necessary supporting documentation in PDF format;
  • Click on the Final submit button.

In addition, the Research Office will submit PDF versions of the final applications to the NRF.

It is of utmost importance that applicants consult the Framework document for more detailed information about the call on this link:

Please be advised that the UCT Research Office will NOT review applications submitted after UCT’s internal closing dates.

Monday, 11 March 2019
Call for applications for 2020 PG Diploma in Community and General Paediatrics

Monday, 18 February 2019
NEW Award available to 3rd Year SSM Students in Endocrinology

NEW Award available to 3rd Year SSM Students in Endocrinology - £300 for best research project mark

A £300 award is available for third year special study module (SSM) students who undertake their research projects in the Division of Endocrinology.  

The award is made available through the auspices of the Society of Endocrinology, UK to a student who achieves the best mark for the SSM project conducted in Endocrinology.

It will be awarded each year for three years. Recipients will also attend the annual conference of the Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA). For further information click here


Monday, 11 February 2019
Notice of intent to publish: Phase 2 of the U.S.-South Africa Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is issuing this Notice to promote new initiatives that will solicit applications to support research under Phase 2 of the U.S.-South Africa Program for Collaborative Biomedical Research. The intent of this program is to foster, stimulate, and/or expand basic, translational, behavioural and applied research that will advance scientific discovery and engage U.S. and South African researchers working collaboratively in the areas of HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS-associated malignancies, and other infectious diseases. This notice is provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive applications.

Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: March 06, 2019
First Estimated Application Due Date:July 26, 2019

Further information can be found here

Monday, 4 February 2019
URC Call for Nominations: 2019 UCT Book Award & Meritorious Book Prizes



Closing date: Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

Please send all queries to Robyn Udemans (

1. Purpose of the awards

To give recognition for outstanding and/or influential books written by staff members of the University. The award/prize may be made to one single or multiple authored books. Fiction books as well as publications in electronic form will be considered alongside academic books of whatever category, including manuals and works of popularisation. No restriction is placed on languages or codes in which the book is written. Generally, one Book Award is made in any one year, and no awards will be made if no books of sufficient merit are nominated.

The committee will, at the same time, be considering books for the Meritorious Book Prize. These awards are supplementary to the Book Award and recognise the following:

  • Books in specialised fields that merit recognition for their contribution; and
  • Promising first-time books by authors who deserve special recognition and support.

2. Value

The Book Award carries a purse of R 30 000; up to two Meritorious Book Prizes of R15 000 each may be awarded.

3. Eligibility criteria FOR NOMINEES

To be considered for the UCT Book Award and/ or a Meritorious Book Prize:

  • The book must have been written by staff members of UCT;
  • The book must have been published within the last five years;
  • Most of the work should have been done during the author(s) employ at UCT; and
  • In the case of multi-authored works the UCT-author(s) should have made the most significant contribution to the work. Evidence of this should be supplied with the nomination.


Please complete the application form, which can be downloaded from

Nominators must be staff members of the University and may nominate their own work. Nominations need not be endorsed by authors whose work is nominated. Books previously nominated (except winners) may be re-nominated.

Each nomination must be seconded and should include the following:

  • A letter of nomination stating why the nominator(s) thinks that the book should be considered for the award;
  • A copy of the book; and
  • At least three independent, substantive, published scholarly reviews. For works of fiction, reviews by literary critics and nominations for prestigious literary awards or prizes will be considered.


Completed nominations must be submitted to the Research Support Services Cluster (for attention: Robyn Udemans), Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray or e-mailed to on or before deadline (Tuesday, 30 April 2019).

Monday, 21 January 2019
Funding opportunity: Point-of-care technologies

Funding opportunity: Point-of-care technologies


The Center for Innovation in Point-of-Care Technologies for HIV/AIDS at Northwestern University (C-THAN) is funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the NIH. C-THAN seeks collaborative research projects to develop novel point-of-care technologies (POCT) aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment monitoring of HIV/AIDS and co-morbidities in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). If successful, projects should be viable candidates for commercial development. Awards will be up to $100,000.

See the full solicitation for more details:

Monday, 21 January 2019
URC Conference Travel Grants 2019 - 2020

The call for Conference Travel Grant applications will be opening shortly. Round 1 applications will open for all National and International conferences taking place between 1 July and 31 December 2019.

If your conference is taking place between 01 March 2019 and 30 June 2019, please submit an ad hoc application form.

The second call for applications (Round 2) will open during August 2019 for all conferences taking place between 1 January and 30 June 2020.

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.

For more information please contact Jacqueline Sylvester at

Thursday, 3 January 2019
Call for applications: Phase 2 of the DHET University Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP)

Call for applications

Phase 2 of DHET University Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP)


Closing date: 25 January 2019


Applications must be completed online via this link (click here)

(Applicants to please email Amanda Barratt a brief summary for UCT’s internal tracking of submissions)


The Department of Higher Education and Training (the Department) is implementing the University Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP). The first Phase of this programme was launched in July 2018 with the Department partnering with the United States universities in supporting the development of academics who are employed by South African Universities specifically to pursue PhDs/Doctoral studies. The Department has partnered with the British Council to initiate the second Phase of the USDP which is planned to commence in the academic year of 2019. This is a DHET – British Council partnership to implement the next phase of the USDP through collaborations between South African and UK universities.

Universities are therefore invited and encouraged to take this opportunity of leading a USDP programme that will see our academics enrolling for PhDs/Doctoral studies in collaboration with UK universities. The Call will close on 25 January 2019.

This is a call for universities to apply for a grant to enable partnership discussions and joint programme development in support of doctoral training for South African academics. This is an exciting opportunity to forge new links and partnerships and to strengthen existing links between SA and UK universities.

This collaboration grants call is a preparatory phase for the USDP Phase 2 proposal submissions where SA-UK universities will be required to submit their final proposals in support of doctoral training for academics at SA institutions. Through this call a maximum of 15 grants to the value of GBP 5,000-10,000 (ZAR 180,000) will be awarded to SA and UK universities.

Attached is a summary of the call.

Please follow the link below for applications:

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).