Research Noticeboard

Thursday, 31 January 2019
WarPATH MRes Scholarship 

WarPATH MRes Scholarship

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Monday, 28 January 2019
UCT Internal deadlines for Forthcoming NRF Funding Opportunities 2019

National Research Foundation (NRF) One Call for applications

UCT Internal deadlines for Forthcoming NRF Funding Opportunities 2019


Dear Researchers

In December 2018 the National Research Foundation (NRF) released an announcement about the One Call for applications that will open on the 1st week of February 2019 (see attached). The communiqué was sent out to the UCT research community on 18 December with an indication that the Research Office will implement internal deadlines to avoid the bulk of applications being submitted immediately before the cut-off dates, leaving staff no time to process them. 

Furthermore on the 7th of January the Research Office released an NRF “Announcement of Forthcoming International Joint Research Funding Opportunities, 2019” which are also included below.  

The Research Office now wishes to inform researchers about the UCT Internal deadlines for calls. Researchers interested in applying are strongly encouraged to start finding partners and preparing their application offline in anticipation of the deadlines for the calls as listed in the table below. 

Applications not received by the UCT internal deadlines will unfortunately not be reviewed.







Call Guidelines

Internal deadline


DST-NRF Conference Fund


20 February


Equipment Related Travel & Training Grant (ERTTG)



European Research Council (ERC) Mobility Grants for Travel & Hosting of Events



International Council for Science (ICSU) Grants for Travel & Hosting of Events



International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) - NRF Bilateral



Knowledge Interchange & Collaboration (KIC)



Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC)






Call Guidelines

Internal deadline


NRF / NSF (USA) Dimensions of Biodiversity Joint Research Call


18 March


BRICS Multilateral Joint Research Call



South Africa / India Joint Research Call



NRF / FAPESP (Brazil) Joint Research Call



South Africa Taiwan Joint Research Programme



Wallonia Brussels Federation (FNRS) Joint Call



GENERAL RESEARCH GRANTS (with Human Capacity Development Support)



Call Guidelines

Internal deadline


Blue Skies Full Proposal





9 April


Competitive Support for Rates Researchers (CPRR)


Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers (CSUR)


Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) Small Grants


GENERAL RESEARCH GRANTS (with no Human Capacity Development Support)


Support for Y-Rated


9 April


Black Academics Advancement Programme







9 April





Call Guidelines

Internal deadline


Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) Large Grants


9 April 



NRF has not provided any deadlines for these calls as yet.





Call Guidelines

Internal deadline


Knowledge Fields Development (KFD) Grants (IKS, SANAP, HSD, CEP, SANCOR, SASSCAL, CE)




Customised Interventions


Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) (Host)





Call Guidelines

Internal deadline


Centres of Excellence - Water Research




Centres of Excellence - Human Settlements



Centres of Excellence - Nuclear Medicine



SARChI-Albertina Sisulu Chair in Nursing





Thank you
Research Support Services Team

Thursday, 24 January 2019
NRF Funding for PhD in Global Surgery

NRF Funding for PhD in Global Surgery


The National Research Foundation has awarded a research grant to the principal investigator (A/Prof Kathryn Chu) as part of the global surgery initiative, Equitable Surgical Access for Africa (ESAFA) in the UCT Department of Surgery. This project will identify barriers to providing surgical care at Western Cape district hospitals and provide solutions for policymakers on how to surmount these barriers by improving surgical capacity and referrals.   This bursary aims to recruit a talented candidate to pursue a PhD in this research topic starting 30 March 2019.                                                                                                                                     


  1. Applicants must be a South African citizen.
  2. No service or services is required in return for the bursary
  3. The successful incumbent will be required to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the doctoral sector.

Value and tenure

  1. The value of the bursary is R 120,000 per annum with secured funding for 3 years.
  2. Renewal for the second year and subsequent years will be considered on evidence of satisfactory academic progress.
  3. The bursary is in accordance with the SARS Guidelines is tax-exempt.

Academic Conditions

  1. This PhD seeks to attract outstanding candidates with a strong work ethics that are self-motivated and driven.
  2. This bursary is only available to individuals who have achieved the master degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, an MMED, or equivalent.
  3. The doctoral research fellow (DRF) will be directly responsible to A/Prof. Kathryn Chu
  4. A/Prof Chu will provide the operational research costs from her NRF grant.
  5. Must have prior data analysis and scientific writing experience.
  6. Knowledge of STATA and ArcGIS a plus
  7. Publication experience desirable.
  8. Applicants from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application procedure

All applications should include:

  1. A letter of motivation stating the applicant’s areas of expertise, research interests and experience.
  2. A CV including a list of publications
  3. One or two reference letters from academics, who have taught, supervised or worked alongside the applicant.
  4. If you do not receive feedback within six weeks of the deadline, please assume that your application has not been successful.

Applications should be directly emailed to Principal Investigator A/Prof. Kathryn Chu ( before 7 March 2019.

Thursday, 24 January 2019
MSc opportunity:

MSc opportunity:

Antigenic and immunological determinants of acute allergic susceptibility to meat in a uniquely defined cohort in the Eastern Cape.

An MSc project (2 years) studying allergic mechanisms at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and Division of Immunology, UCT is available immediately.

The project:

Acute allergic responses to meat may result in the rapid onset of life threatening anaphylaxis. This is associated with a strong IgE driven response to Galactose alpha-1,3-galactose (alpha-Gal). This sensitivity to alpha gal does not appear to derive from prior exposure to alpha-gal from eating meat. Instead sensitization appears to be driven by exposure to alpha gal from large parasites. Ticks are considered the principle source of sensitization however exposure to certain helminths may also result in IgE sensitization to alpha-Gal.

The proposed project will:

  • Identify the presence of alpha gal in ticks and helminths endemic to the Eastern Cape.
  • Profile the ability of antibody from alpha gal antibody depleted serum of alpha gal allergic and non-allergic individuals to bind to extracts derived from different parasites
  • Demonstrate the ability of extracts from different parasite to induce allergic like responses from blood derived from allergic and non-allergic individuals

Interested students should have a BSc(Hons) in a biomedical related subject. Experience in biochemical, cell biology and immunological techniques would be desirable. The project may require the student to spend some time in the laboratories of collaborators in the UK.

Please contact Prof. Michael Levin ( for more information.

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

Monday, 21 January 2019
Advanced Computing Committee (ACC) Research Equipment Call for 2019


Advanced Computing Committee (ACC) Research Equipment Call for 2019

Faculty-prioritised Research Computer Grants


Deadline for Applications to Faculty Computing/IT Committees: 2019

(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) computer related hardware and software.


Should you wish to apply for large computer equipment (>R500,000), please submit to ACC as part of this call, considering the following:


  • These applications must be part of a coordinated effort with one or more of the following - e-Research, Data Institute and ICTS.
  • Applications directed to the NRF NEP application mechanism, please contact Natalie le Roux ( at the UCT Research Office to ensure that the application deals explicitly with the NRF requirements


The Advanced Computing Committee (ACC) considers applications from Faculties for strategic research related computer 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), or
  • T2 contract staff on academic conditions T2, with a co-applicant from one of the above categories

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:

  • Department/individual researchers must make applications directly to the ACC representatives (see Table 1 below).


Table 1: Details of the Faculty ACC representatives



ACC Representative

Contact details



A/Prof K Thomas



Tel: 021 650-4608

Health Sciences

Research Committee

Ms Carlette Hlungwani


Tel: 021 406-6087


Commerce IT

Prof M Wittenberg


Dr J Ophoff



Tel: 021 650-5243


Tel:  021 650-4387


EBE Faculty IT Committee

Prof E van Steen


A/Prof S Skatulla



Tel: 021 650-3796


Tel:  021 650-2595



Science Faculty IT Committee

Dr T Dietel


Prof B Hewitson



Tel: 021 650-3325


Tel: 021  650-2878


Law IT Committee

Mr R Bradstreet


A/Prof T Schonwetter



Tel: 021 650-4501


Tel:  021 650-3914


  • 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 8th March 2019. 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 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 2019.



Applications to reach the Advanced Computing Committee Representative: 8th March 2019

Relevant Faculty IT committee representatives to submit applications to the Research Office for ACC review:   30th March 2019

Funding outcome to Advanced Computing Committee Representatives:  12th April 2019 


Thursday, 3 January 2019
MRC/DFID African Research Leader scheme 2019

The UK Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development announce a further call for proposals for the prestigious African Research Leader awards.

This MRC/DFID jointly funded scheme aims to strengthen research leadership across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by attracting and retaining exceptionally talented individuals who will lead high-quality programmes of research on key global health issues pertinent to SSA. The African Research Leader (ARL) should be supported by an enthusiastic local research environment and by a strong linkage with a UK partner


For more information please visit

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).