The following persons are eligible to apply for evaluation and rating:
1.1 Permanent/fulltime (P/FT) researchers at UCT
1.2 Fixed term contract researchers* formally affiliated with UCT (e.g. retired researchers, research associates/fellows) who are active researchers with a notable track record in research and/or postgraduate student supervision.
1.3 Fixed term contract/part time (C/PT) researchers* at UCT who are active researchers with a notable track record in research and/or postgraduate student supervision and could include
a) Persons holding joint appointments between a SA institution and a foreign institution; or
b) Persons holding joint appointments between two institutions within SA (of which at least one appointment should be a formal association with an NRF recognised research institution).
1.4 Persons who are in the process of being appointed in full-time posts at UCT. A motivation confirming the researcher’s employment and intended start date must be provided in the relevant comments block on the rating application.
*The current contract must still be valid at the closing date for rating applications and institutions need to motivate the institutional benefits in terms of capacity building and/or student postgraduate training as well as the institutional commitment in terms of future support to enable the applicant to retain his/her association. They must provide some commitment in the relevant comments block that the association will still be in place two years after the rating becomes valid. Applications from researchers in these categories will be screened by a panel for validity of the claims before being processed.
Additional information for Y- and P-rated researchers
A doctoral degree or equivalent is a requirement when applying for consideration in the Y- or P-rated categories.
If you are a young researcher and completed your PhD in 2015 or later (within the last 5 years), you will need to apply under the 2021 call in order to be considered for rating in the Y category (40 years and younger) or P category (35 years or younger).
UCT internal review for NRF rating applications
The UCT internal closing date for rating applications is 23 November 2020 at 9:00.
If you are unable to meet the above deadline, the alternative closing dates are 17 December 2020 at 9:00 and 18 January 2021.
Applications are completed online, and applicants should click the “final submit” button when the application is complete, allowing the Research Office to access their applications.
The Research Office will solicit comments from an expert panel to help strengthen applications.
Applicants will receive feedback in late December, with the option to meet with a panel member if necessary.
If you are unable to meet the November deadline, the alternative closing date will be 17 December 2020. In this instance, feedback will be provided in late January.
Final submissions are due on 1 March 2021.
Applications will only be submitted to the NRF on condition they have gone through the UCT internal review process.
You will need to register if you are a first-time user, or enter your ID and password to get started.
Click on the My Applications button and then select Create Application (on the left hand menu). This will open the option to apply to the call Rating Application.
Click on Apply. This is a once-off process. When logging in after that, click on the List of Applications button (on the left-hand menu), and then click on Edit to continue with your application.
Note: The Research Office provides a UCT application guide and template (which includes helpful comments) to be used in the preparation of a draft application. However, all information must be transferred to the NRF online system before submission for internal review.
Use the UCT application guide and template to compile your narrative sections (e.g. self-assessment), as this will allow you to spell- and grammar-check your work and also check the length. The narrative sections are limited to either 1 or 2 pages each; the online system will automatically delete extra text.
Only include published research output in your application, which reviewers can access in the public domain. This covers the period 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2020. Do not include publications that are in press, submitted or in preparation in your research outputs section. These should be listed in the section ‘Ongoing and planned future research’.
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