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Internal funding

Internal funding for research is sourced from the university general operating budget and is managed via sub-committees of the University Research Committee.

UCT's innovation seed funds provide funding to early-stage projects emanating from UCT research. This funding is often useful in order to better position and to mature the innovation to attract more substantial external funding.

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  • Block grants

    Purpose

    Block grants enable researchers to pursue their research. A URC block grant is intended as the minimum top-up necessary to enable researchers to carry out a realistic and feasible research plan.

    All research-related activities for which researchers would like to receive URC support should be included in the block grant application.

    Budget

    The URC provides the budget for the block grant. The faculty allocation is calculated according to an outputs-based formula.

    Grant allocation and distribution

    Each faculty receives an annual block grant calculated in direct relation to the research outputs reported on in the previous year.

    The distribution of the block grant is then managed at the faculty level. Faculty research committees (FRCs) are responsible for the management and distribution of their block grant according to a faculty-specific model approved by the URC. This is to provide maximum flexibility for aligning the use of block grants with faculty-specific strategies.

    The process of grant allocation and distribution is as follows:

    • The Research Office prepares data based on the research report that informs the output-based macro-allocation formula.
    • The FRCs return the required data to the Research Office.
    • The Research Office finalises the faculty macro-allocations and informs the FRCs.
    • Applications must reach the FRCs by the deadline date.
    • The FRC processes the applications (each faculty determines their own process).
    • Applications are evaluated at FRC meetings.
    • The FRCs process and allocated the awards.
    • Block grant appeals to be submitted by the deadline date (which is set annually). A block grant appeals meeting is held to evaluate appeals submitted.

    Researchers who wish to apply for URC support through a block grant are advised to contact their FRC.

    Faculty Faculty principal co-ordinators Contact details
    Centre for Higher Education Development Ms Nicole Lesch nicole.lesch@uct.ac.za
    Faculty of Commerce Prof Michael Kyobe michael.kyobe@uct.ac.za
    Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment Ms Marlene Hyland marlene.hyland@uct.ac.za
    Faculty of Health Sciences Ms Carlette Hlungwani carlette.hlungwani@uct.ac.za
    Faculty of Humanities Ms Saziwe Gotyana saziwe.gotyana@uct.ac.za
    Faculty of Law Ms Lamize Viljoen lamize.viljoen@uct.ac.za
    Faculty of Science A/Prof Becky Ackermann becky.ackermann@uct.ac.za
    Graduate School of Business A/Prof Stephanie Giamporcaro s.giamporcaro@uct.ac.za
  • Conference travel grants

    Round 2 applications will be opening on 28 August 2019 for all National and International conferences taking place between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020.

    Deadlines
    Deadline for Round two applications: 19 September 2019 
    Date of committee meeting where awards are decided: 30 October 2019 

    Outcome dates: 19 November 2019

    Round 1 applications are 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 contact the research office to submit an ad hoc application form.

    Purpose

    The purpose of the award is to allow recipients to present the results of recent research to a suitable audience at a conference or meeting of appropriately high academic standing.

    Please note that applicants may apply for a national conference once every year and an international conference once every two years.  However, subject to this, applicants cannot apply for both a national and an international conference in the same year.

    Deadlines

    Deadline for Round one applications: 22 February 2019
    Date of committee meeting where awards are decided: April 2019
    Outcome dates: 10 May 2019

    Budget

    The URC provides the budget for these grants.

    Eligibility and assessment criteria

    This grant is available to UCT researchers who are:

    • Permanent and T2 contract academic staff;
    • Permanent Professional and Administrative Support Services (PASS) staff affiliated with academic departments; 
    • Contract staff appointed on academic conditions of service;
    • Honorary Research Associates; Emeritus Professors; Emeritus Associate Professors; Honorary Professors; Honorary Associate Professors and Senior Research Scholars who have published in DHET-accredited (subsidy-earning) publications in the past year; or
    • Permanent joint academic staff (excluding registrars).

    Applicants may apply for a national conference once every year and an international conference once every two years. However, subject to this, applicants cannot apply for both a national and an international conference in the same year.

    These awards are granted on a competitive basis and will take the following into account:

    • the research output of the applicant over the last three years (i.e. the applicant’s research profile); this criterion may not apply to early-stage researchers
    • the status of the conference
    • the quality of interaction and exposure for the applicant
    • envisaged research outputs emanating from the conference presentation.

    The assessment of these criteria will be based on the information provided by the applicant and the motivation and support from the affiliated faculty/directorate.

    Submission process

    • All applications must be submitted via the UCT Research Portal on the electronic Research Administration (eRA) system. You can download a step-by-step guide here. To learn more about the URC Conference Travel application process please see the video here.
    • Applications completed on the eRA system will require input from a Departmental Authority, typically your Head of Department (HoD), who will receive access to your application automatically once you have saved your complete version. Following HoD input, it will move through the system to the UCT Research Office. You will be able to see your completed application on the eRA system as well as what stage it is in.
    • No hard copy submissions will be accepted.

    Please note:

    • Eligible researchers should apply well in advance as awards will not be made for conferences retrospective to the application submission deadline unless proof can be provided that the conference call was made subsequent to the prior application submission deadline.  If the conference is taking place within 6 weeks following the submission deadline, please indicate this in the applicable field on the application form;
    • It is NOT a requirement for the abstract to be accepted for presentation by the conference travel application submission date. Should the acceptance of the paper, including proof of registration not be available at the time of submission of the application, then a provisional award may be made pending the receipt of the acceptance of paper/poster.
    • Only online applications are valid for submission i.e. the previous document template form no longer applicable.
    • No late applications will be accepted as the system will close automatically at 23h59 on the deadline of 22 February 2019.
    • Awards are not transferable and funding can only be used towards costs associated with the conference applied for.

    Conditions

    • It is not a requirement for the abstract to be accepted by the conference travel application closing date. Should the acceptance of the paper, including proof of registration not be available at the time of submission of the application, then a provisional award may be made pending the receipt of the acceptance of paper;
    • Please ensure that applications are made as well in advance as possible (preferably at least six months prior to the conference date);
    • Staff may not apply in successive academic years to receive funding for attendance at an international conference. So, for instance, if you applied in the 2017 academic year to receive funding for an international conference, the earliest date on which you can apply again for an international conference will be in the 2019 academic year, but should not be strictly within a 24-month period.
    • Applicants may apply for a national conference once every year and an international conference once every two years.  However, subject to this, applicants cannot apply for both a national and an international conference in the same year.
    • Subsistence is allowed only for the number of days of the conference. International and local rates will apply (see conference budget section for more details);
    • Awards are only made in the event that a paper or a poster is being presented;
    • The applicant must ensure that the application is fully completed. Applicants are asked to be concise and to only include applicable and relevant information;
    • Awards are granted for one specific conference. Should that specific conference be cancelled or the full amount allocated not utilised for any reason, then the funds must revert to the URC.

    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.

    Contact

    Email researchfunding@uct.ac.za for more information.

    Please see the Current Opportunities page to see the full list of currently open calls.

  • UCT Elizabeth Clough Bursary (Clough Eastern Religions Fellowship)

    Purpose

    The late Miss Elizabeth Clough made a bequest to enable members of UCT to undertake a journey in the nature of a pilgrimage to experience the religions/ spiritual traditions of the East.

    The fellowship will fund a trip of approximately two months to spend in India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan or another Eastern country with the purpose of gaining exposure to the traditions of eastern religions.

    Budget

    The value of the fellowship is in the region of R30 000. The budget is managed and grant paid through Nedbank Private Wealth.

    Elgibility

    Any member of the UCT community is eligible to apply, including students, academic staff and professional and administrative support services (PASS) staff.

    The criteria for selection include spiritual maturity and a serious interest and desire to experience Eastern paths to knowledge, giving applicants the opportunity to extend and disseminate the insights gained abroad.

    Application process

    Please check current opportunities page to see if this call is currently open. Alternatively please contact Research Support Services for timelines around this call.

    The application, by letter, must include:

    • brief personal life history of the applicant
    • clear indication of the applicant's specific spiritual path
    • clear itinerary of no more than two locations in the East where the applicant intends to pursue the path
    • one-page outline of the reasons for the application
    • two written references from anyone equipped to evaluate the applicant's suitability.

    Hard copies may be posted or delivered to the Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray or e-mailed to Research Funding. Please ensure that you receive an acknowledgement of receipt two days after the closing date.

    All applicants will need to be available for an interview with the selection committee.

    Conditions

    • Awards must be taken up in the first year.
    • The successful applicant will be required to submit a report to the committee on his/her return from the visit.

    Contact

    Contact researchfunding@uct.ac.za for more information

  • Equipment grants

    Purpose

    The purpose of these grants is to provide funding to faculties for prioritised pieces of large equipment not covered for funding by faculty equipment committees.

    Eligibility

    UCT researchers are eligible to apply if they are:

    • permanent academic staff
    • permanent joint academic staff (excluding registrars).

    Not eligible to apply:

    • honorary research associates
    • emeritus professors
    • emeritus associate professors
    • honorary professors
    • honorary associate professors
    • senior research scholars.

    Those who wish to have access to new equipment must form part of research groupings and may not be the principal applicant.

    Submission process

    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).

    Faculty

    Faculty

    University equipment committee (UEC) representative

    Contact details

    Faculty of Humanities

    Associate Professor Kevin Thomas

    kevin.thomas@uct.ac.za

    Tel: 021 650 4104

    Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Jonathan Blackburn

    jonathan.blackburn@uct.ac.za

    Tel: 021 650 4574

    Faculty of Commerce Professor Jean Paul van Belle

    jean-paul.vanbelle@uct.ac.za

    Tel: 021 650 4260

    Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment Dr Reuben Govender

    reuben.govender@uct.ac.za

    Tel: 021 650 4526

    Faculty of Science

    A/Prof Neil Ravenscroft

    neil.ravenscroft@uct.ac.za

    Tel: 021 650 4354

    Faculty of Law Professor Dee Smythe

    dee.smythe@uct.ac.za

    Tel: 021 650 5680

    Centre for Higher Education Development Ms Samantha Leepan

    sam.leepan@uct.ac.za

    Tel: 021 650 3983

     

    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.

    Conditions

    • 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.

     

    Emergency repair

    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.

    REEP committee

    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.

    Contact

    Email researchfunding@uct.ac.za for more information.

    Downloads

    URC equipment application form (R&I18).

    URC emergency repairs to equipment (R&I21).

     

  • Hosting a conference grants

    Deadline for Applications: Friday, 19 July 2019

    For more information, please contact Jacqueline Sylvester at Jacqueline.Sylvester@uct.ac.za

    Purpose of the award

    The primary aim of this grant is to assist departments in arranging research conferences and symposia with seed funding to initiate conference arrangements. The focus is on providing support for smaller research conferences that otherwise would not take place without this seed funding. This grant is not intended for research development workshops or for large regular international conferences or national society annual conferences.  

    Application conditions

    • Normally, given that this grant is intended to provide seed funding to initiate conference arrangements, applications must be for conferences to take place in the year following the application and these applications will be prioritised. In this case, the Committee will be considering applications for conferences taking place in 2020. However, applications for conferences occurring in the year of application (but at least three months subsequent to the outcome date) will be considered under exceptional circumstances. In this case, a strong motivation must accompany the application, indicating why it was not possible to submit an application to the previous call.
    • The Department or Group must:
      • be able to attract international leaders to participate in the UCT conference who will  interact with academic staff and postgraduate students;
      • have a strong and productive research team in the area of the proposed conference; and
      • have a strong nucleus of productive research students of high calibre who will benefit from participation in the conference.
    • The proposed conference, which may be open or closed, must further the development of research at UCT.
    • The application must indicate expected research output. Please note that peer reviewed output that generates subsidy carries a higher weighting.
    • The Department or Group must partly contribute to the financing of the conference (this contribution should be over and above the provision of space and routine facilities and support) or provide reasons why this is not possible, and be responsible for its organisation.
    • Where there is more than one application per department, the Dean must prioritise the applications.

    Eligibility

    UCT researchers who are:

    • Permanent and T2 contract 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; and
    • Joint permanent academic staff (excluding registrars).

    Submission process

    • The applicant must use the correct application form (R&I16) downloaded from http://forms.uct.ac.za/forms.htm#ResearchInnovation.  
    • The applicant must ensure that the complete and correctly endorsed application reaches the Research Office on or before the deadline date of 19 July 2019. Under NO circumstances will the deadline be extended. Please ensure that you receive an acknowledgement of receipt after two days of the closing date.
    • Hard copies may be posted to the Research Office, Research Grants Management Cluster, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray OR e-mailed to Jacqueline.Sylvester@uct.ac.za  (but not both) on or before deadline date.

    Deadlines

    Deadline for Round one applications: Friday, 19 July 2019 
    Date of committee meeting where awards are decided: Monday, 12 August 2019 
    Outcome dates: 23 August 2019

  • Publication page costs

    Important notice: Please note that as from January 2019 all applications for the URC Page Costs and the Open Access Journal Publication Fund (article processing charges) must be submitted to the Research Office via UCT’s Research Portal on the electronic Research Administration (eRA) system

    For more information on how to do this watch the video or download the one-page user guide here.

    Page costs

    These grants are intended to contribute towards page costs of articles in journals accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), or to provide a contribution to the publishing of a book that may earn DHET subsidy.

    Articles

    Books

    • to provide a contribution to the publishing of a book that may earn DHET subsidy. please ensure that you adhere to the publication count guidelines, for the subsidisation of books, found here.

    Required information and documentation for books:

    • a motivation from the chairperson of the faculty research committee indicating that the book meets the DHET criteria for earning subsidy
    • a description of the book in English (maximum of page length)
    • a statement from the publisher describing the peer-review process for this book: this is a key requirement to have the book considered for subsidy from DHET
    • the contents page of the book and contributor's page showing your affiliation to UCT
    • a copy of the invoice.

    Eligibility

    All UCT staff and postgraduate students.
    Project supervisors are to apply on behalf of their students where the student is the corresponding author.

    Conditions

    • Please note that it is the responsibility of the author to settle costs with the publisher, as awards are transferred directly into research funds.
    • Claims must be submitted within six months of the invoice date
    • Applicants should negotiate with the publisher on possible discounts for authors from developing countries, if applicable, before they submit to the page costs application to the Research Office.

    Submission process

    Researchers must apply to this grant via the UCT’s Research Portal on the electronic Research Administration (eRA) system - http://eraonline.uct.ac.za.   

    For assistance through the online process please download the one-page user guide here. Or watch the training video here.

    Applications are processed on an ad-hoc basis. Please contact the Research Office for latest deadlines.

    Contact

    Email researchfunding@uct.ac.za for more information.

    Open Access Journal Publication Fund

    The UCT URC Open Access Journal Publication Fund (OAJPF) has been established to support UCT researchers with the publication of their research output in open access journals. The Fund is intended to contribute to Article Processing Charges (APCs) for submissions accepted for publication in open access journals or in hybrid journals that have an open access option.


    Open access scholarly publishing will enhance the strength, visibility, accessibility and discoverability of UCT's scholarly output. UCT supports open access scholarly publishing as it offers the potential for democratic access to research knowledge, opening up scholarly content to a much wider range of readers and stakeholders in both the public and private sectors.

    Criteria

    • Applications may only be made once the article has been accepted for publication.
    • Applicants who are beneficiaries of financial support for the publication of research, DO NOT qualify for funding.
    • The journal to be published in, should be on the Department of Higher Education and Training list of accredited journals.
    • UCT authors should represent a minimum of 25 percent of the total number of authors of the article.

    Terms & Conditions

    • The Fund will pay up to a maximum of R20,000.00 per article. However, the URC  OAJPF fund is limited and there is no guarantee that every application will be successful.
    • It will be the responsibility of the author to settle the costs with the publisher, as the OAJPF contribution will be transferred directly into the Faculty research fund on receipt of invoice.
    • Invoices must be submitted by the author within three (3) months of approval of the application for payment of APC. Invoices received after the stipulated three months will render the application null and void. A re-application would have to be made.
    • Project supervisors are to apply on behalf of their students where the student is the corresponding author.
    • A copy of the publisher version of the article must be submitted to the institutional repository: OpenUCT

     

    Submission process

    Researchers must apply to this grant via the UCT’s Research Portal on the electronic Research Administration (eRA) systemeraonline.uct.ac.za 

    For assistance through the online process please download the one-page user guide here. Or watch the training video here.

    For more information contact Research Support Services

    BioMed Central Institutional Membership

    To defray the cost of publishing, authors submitting manuscripts are asked to pay an article-processing charge (APC) per published article.

    UCT has a shared support membership so this article-processing charge is shared between the UCT author and the institution for all research articles accepted for publication in any BioMed Central (Open Access Publisher www.biomedcentral.com).

    Recognition of UCT authors is purely based on where the submission process takes place from. Only if an author submits from a recognised UCT IP address will that article be automatically transferred to our membership and eligible for a 57.5% discount on the article-processing charge (APC). UCT authors are then liable for the outstanding amount.

    All UCT authors submitting from outside the registered IP address range therefore need to clearly state that they are submitting from a shared support member institution (UCT) and will then be offered the same discount.

     

  • UCT seed awards

  • Short research courses and short visit grants

    Purpose

    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.

    Budget

    The URC provides the budget for these grants. Currently this funding is limited to a maximum of R20,000 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) • 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. A track record of postgraduate training and accredited publications would be an advantage.

    Submission process

    • Researchers may apply to this grant using the short research visit/course grant application form (R&I24).
    • 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.
    • Applications for visits/courses attended retrospective to the application closing date will not be considered.
    • Hard copies may be posted to the Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray or e-mailed to researchfunding@uct.ac.za (but not both) on or before the deadline date. Please ensure that you receive an acknowledgement of receipt two days after the closing date.

    Conditions

    • Applicants can receive only one grant from this fund every two years.
    • Currently this funding is limited to a maximum of R20,000 per application.
    • Only one application will be considered for either a short research course or short research visit.
    • The fund is not intended to support courses (such as continuing professional development [CPD] courses) that are not linked to a research program/project as outlined in the application. The purpose of the fund is also not intended to support coursework towards obtaining postgraduate degrees by staff who are registered at universities other than UCT.
    • The applicant needs to show why a visit is necessary as opposed to using electronic communication.
    • Successful applicants must provide feedback on how the research visit/course grant was spent and the outputs resulting. A template (R&I22) is available for this feedback report.

    Contact

    Email researchfunding@uct.ac.za for more information.

    Downloads

    Short research visit/course grant application form (R&I24).

    Short research visit/course report template (R&I22).

  • Start-up grants

    Purpose

    The aim of the grant is to initiate a new staff member's research at UCT and is awarded once only in an applicant's UCT career.

    Budget

    The start-up grant budget is allocated annually by the URC, and can be up to R20 000.

    Eligibility

    Start-up grants must be applied for within six months of the employment appointment date.

    Eligible researchers:

    • new permanent academic staff member in the Faculties of Health Sciences, Engineering & the Built Environment, Humanities, CHED, Law and Commerce (including joint staff but excluding registrars)

    Not eligible:

    • new academic staff members from the Faculty of Science are not eligible to apply because the URC provides a contribution to the faculty which manages its own start-up and launching grants internally.

    Submission process

    Researchers may apply to this grant by using the start-up grant application form (R&I11).

    Hard copies may be posted to the Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray or e-mailed to Research Support Services (but not both). Please ensure that you receive an acknowledgement of receipt two days after the closing date.

    Conditions

    These grants are aimed exclusively at supporting research activities, with the exception of conference attendance.

    Contact

    Email researchfunding@uct.ac.za for more information.

    Download

    Start-up application grant application R&I11.

  • Vera Davie study and research bursary

    Purpose

    This grant, funded through a bequest made by the late Mrs Vera Davie, serves to supplement funding for a UCT staff member to travel abroad for sabbatical study and research.

    Budget

    The bursary, managed through the URC, has a maximum value of R25 000.

    Eligibility

    Members of UCT staff on academic conditions of service, who will be proceeding abroad on study and research leave.

    Submission Process

    Please check the current opportunities page to see if this call is currently open. Alternatively please contact the Research Office for timelines around this call.

    There is no application template for this funding opportunity but applications should include:

    • a full curriculum vitae including a list of publications
    • details of the intended programme of study and research
    • a full motivation explaining the need for supplementary funding and providing the following information:
      • travel costs
      • subsistence costs
      • direct subventions applied for and received
      • any other information or variables for the Committee's attention
    • the number of times an applicant has been on study and research leave, and brief details thereof.

    Hard copies may be posted to the Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray or e-mailed to Research Funding (but not both). Please ensure that you receive an acknowledgement of receipt two days after the closing date.

    Applicants please note: If you have not received confirmation that your application has been received within two days of the closing date, please contact the Research Office.

    Conditions

    • The recipient should return to his/her post at the university for a period of at least 12 months from the completion of the leave for which the award is made.
    • Should the award not be used in accordance with the conditions stipulated and for the purpose approved by the committee when awarding it, a portion of the whole of it, as determined by council, would have to be repaid.

    Contact

    For more information contact researchfunding@uct.ac.za.

  • Visiting scholars' fund and visiting lecturers' fund grants

    Purpose

    Visiting scholars fund (VSF): to bring to UCT eminent academics from outside South Africa.

    Visiting lecturers fund (VLF): to bring to UCT eminent academics based abroad, who are already in South Africa on other business as well as eminent academics who are employed at other educational institutions within South Africa.

    These visiting scholars/lecturers will be expected to provide an academic stimulus by means of lectures and seminars or similar contributions within the university.

    Grants contribute towards both travel and subsistence costs, for a maximum of 30 days for visiting scholars and a maximum of seven days for visiting lecturers.

    Budget

    The VSF and VLF budgets are allocated by the URC. Grants contribute towards both travel and subsistence costs, for a maximum of 30 days for visiting scholars and a maximum of seven days for visiting lecturers.

    Eligibility

    • Permanent and T2 contract (travel must be occurring within contract period) academic staff;
    • Permanent Professional Administrative Support Services (PASS) staff affiliated to an academic department;
    • Honorary Research Associates; Emeritus Professors; Emeritus Associate Professors; Honorary Professor; Honorary Associate Professors and Senior Research Scholars who have published in accredited, subsidy-earning publications in the past year; and
    • Permanent joint academic staff (excluding registrars).

    Submission process

    Please check current opportunities page to see if this call is currently open. Alternatively please contact the Research Office (or see the application form R&I13) to for timelines around this call.

    Researchers may apply to this grant using the visiting lecturers fund and visiting scholars fund application form (R&I13).

    Hard copies may be posted to the Research Office, 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 two days after the closing date.

    Conditions

    After the visit, a brief report must be submitted to the committee. Researchers can use the R&I15 visiting scholar/lecturer's report template.

    Contact

    Email researchfunding@uct.ac.za for more information.

    Downloads

    Visiting lecturers fund (VLF) and visiting scholars fund (VSF) application form (R&I13).

    Visiting scholar/lecturer's report (R&I15).

  • Innovation seed funding

    UCT's innovation seed funds provide funding to early-stage projects emanating from UCT research. This funding is often useful in order to better position and to mature the innovation to attract more substantial external funding.

    Visit the Research Contracts and Innovation website:

  • Enabling Grant Seeker Excellence Awards

    Please address all queries to mbasa.mguye@uct.ac.za

    Under the leadership of the DVC Designate for Research & Internationalisation, Prof Sue Harrison, and as part of a three-year pilot initiative, the Research Office announces a revision to the call for 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 (with some refinement based on the funding environment) 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, but not limited to, the NRF).

    DEADLINE
    2019 round is closed.

    CRITERIA

    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].

    OR

    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.

    OR

    2.3. whose external-to-UCT grant(s) as principal investigator or UCT lead, previously awarded and active between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2019, do not exceed an annual income of R500k for laboratory-based research or R250k for desktop-based research.

    ONLINE APPLICATION

    The deadline is closed. No more applications will be accepted

    AWARD VALUES

    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

    NOTES

    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.

 

 

For more information on research funding contact the Research Support Services

 

 

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