Below you can search for your specific research-related query or request and email the relevant colleague. For general queries not addressed below, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internal research grants & funding
Some of the URC-managed funds include:
- UCT book awards
- Conference travel grants
- Short research courses and short visit grants
- Start-up research grants
- Vera Davie study and research bursary
- UCT Elizabeth Clough Bursary (Clough Eastern Religions Fellowship)
- Alan Pifer Award
For support or any queries, please email email@example.com.
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.
For questions or queries, please reach out to Robyn Udemans.
Research contracts and innovation
The Research Contracts & Innovation (RC&I) office is responsible for negotiating and authorising research-related contracts with external parties on behalf of UCT.
The intellectual property (IP) group at RC&I provides a number of functions that support the protection of intellectual property arising from UCT's research endeavours, as well as its commercialisation.
The RC&I office offers a variety of innovation support for researchers. This includes innovation funding vehicles, guidance on starting a UCT spin-off and support in seeking external investment.
The intellectual property (IP) group at RC&I provides a number of functions that support the protection of intellectual property arising from UCT's research endeavors, as well as its commercialisation.
eResearch & research systems
Below you can find support contacts for eResearch requests as well as support for eRA-, REDcap and iTenticate-related queries.
External research grants & funding opportunities
Below you can find the contact details for the various directorates and departments within UCT that can assist you in applying for external research funding opportunities and managing existing awards.
If you have questions or support requests regarding new SARChI applications, please contact Christina Pather.
UCT researchers can access the latest global coverage of research funding programmes, as well as science and technology news and innovation policies through the institutional subscription to Research Professional (RP). This is an essential resource in the current national funding climate and we encourage all UCT researchers to take full advantage. The funding opportunities span the full spectrum of research disciplines and sponsors.
Training sessions may be arranged on request. See contact details below.
The Research Office offers various researcher development initiatives. This includes assistance with NRF rating submissions. Please see here for more details or contact the relevant colleague listed below. For general researcher development queries please contact Nocky Bobo, Amanda Bessick or Fazeela Felton.
The ERP is for early career academics or those who have not yet established themselves as researchers. It includes a wide range of professional development seminars and workshops which are open to all staff, as well as research development grants for eligible early career staff.
Please direct queries regarding applications for accreditation, reviews, changes in directorship of URC accredited research groupings, please email Mbasa Mguye.
The UCT Knowledge Co-op offers researchers opportunities and support for engaged scholarship through its links to local groups (NGOs, local government, SMMEs) and their research needs.
For available projects, please see here.
If you are a community group that has a topic to submit for a collaborative project, please use the community group submission form.
If you are a student interested in a project please, please submit the student submission form.
- If you are a member of staff interested in a collaborative project please email firstname.lastname@example.org making reference to any projects that are of interest to you.
For specific queries, please email the Co-op here.
Research-ethics related matters
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) works collaboratively with research ethics and animal ethics committees as well as individual researchers, under the auspices of the senate ethics in research committee (EiRC) and senate animal ethics committee (SAEC) (see below), to promote responsible conduct of research and in particular to foster ethics in research.
Research outputs publication costs
Here you can find contact information for colleagues within the Research Office that can advise and guide you on everything related to recognising your research outputs and navigating the overwhelming world of publication costs.
Research Support Services within UCT's Research Office can assist you with submitting your research outputs for government subsidy. For more information about the process and how to submit your outputs on the eRA system, please see this page.
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has developed a policy on the evaluation of recognition of creative outputs and innovations. The purpose of this policy is to recognise and reward quality creative outputs and innovations produced by public higher education institutions. The policy can be found here.
For more information about how to submit your UCT creative outputs, please see this page.
You can contact Ronel de Swardt for more information.
Research communication & marketing
The Research Office has a team dedicated to external and internal communication related to research matters. Please see below for contact details and webpage information.
Research nominations, fellowships & awards
The Honorary Research Associate (HRA) and Honorary Research Affiliate (HRAf) are staff categories that contribute significantly to UCT's research endeavour. Researchers that carry these honorary titles may not be employed by UCT or any other South African university. Postdoctoral fellows and students are not eligible.
UCT recognises two distinct categories of honorary researcher status:
- Honorary Research Associates (HRA) are appointed for a five-year period, after which the nomination may be renewed. Nominations are supported by both the relevant HOD and the dean and are approved by the Chair of the University Research Committee.
- The Honorary Research Affiliate (HRAf) is appointed for a three-year period, and renewal will be based on a sustained publication track record and sustained relationship with a host. Nominations are supported by the relevant HOD and the dean as well as the host, and are approved by the Chair of the University Research Committee.
Research collaboration and partnerships (international, national and insitutional)
The research office facilitates many strategic research partnerships at institutional, national and international levels. Please see below for contact details for queries regarding these activities.