Start-up grants


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.


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


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.


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


Email for more information.


Start-up application grant application R&I11.