Those who wish to have access to new equipment must form part of research groupings and may not be the principal applicant.
Please check current opportunities page to see if this call is currently open. Alternatively please contact the Research Support Services for timelines around this call. Department/individual researchers must make applications directly to the faculty equipment committee (see Table below).
University equipment committee (UEC) representative
The application, 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.
Please submit your application via email or in hardcopy to your faculty equipment committee representative (see Table above for details).
The faculty equipment committee prioritises the requests and submits the applications to the UEC via the Research Office.
Applicants must be able to show that they have tried to get funding elsewhere, i.e. demonstrated fundraising effort is important. A minimum of a 10% contribution from the applicant is required. If part of the funding will be solicited from outside bodies, it is mandatory that a donor prospect clearance be obtained from the Development Office before approaching the UEC.
The UEC 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 UEC.
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 Research Office in November of that year.
On an annual basis, the UEC sets aside R250,000.00 for possible emergency repair requirements. Applications for emergency repairs are considered on an ad hoc basis by the chair.
National Equipment Programme (NEP) and the Nano National Equipment Programme (NNEP)
The National Research Foundation (NRF) runs the Research Infrastructure Support Programme which encompasses the NEP and the NNEP. Each year institutions are invited to put forward applications for this funding programme. The UEC selects the possible UCT applications which are then approved for forwarding for NEP and NNEP by the regional expensive equipment programme (REEP) committee. The faculty/department/individual is required to make a 10% contribution should the NEP/NNEP applications be successful.
The REEP Committee is made up of representatives from the higher education institutions in the Western Cape. The committee meets annually to approve NEP/NNEP applications for submission to the NRF.
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