For general queries not addressed below, please email research.admin@uct.ac.za.

Internal research grants & funding

For a comprehensive list of internal research and research-related funding at UCT, please refer to this page. You can contact the emails listed below for your specific query or support request.

 

    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 researchfunding@uct.ac.za.

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    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.

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    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 RC&I office is responsible for negotiating and authorising research-related contracts with external parties on behalf of UCT.

    For all related queries, please reach out to Maghmuda Ockards.

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    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.

    You can contact Philip Hoekstra from RC&I regarding IP related-queries and Saberi Marais regarding the commercialisation of your research.

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    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. For more information, refer to this page or contact Dr Andrew Bailey.

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    Postgraduate matters

    You can visit the UCT Postgrad Hub for general information regarding postgraduate studies at UCT. You can also reach out to the colleagues listed below.

     

    Please reach out to Dumisa Dlodlo or Pete Meissner.

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    For postgraduate funding queries, please contact Stacey Moses or Linda Vranas.

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    eResearch & research systems

    Below you can find support contacts for eResearch requests as well as support for eRA-, REDcap and iTenticate-related queries.

     

    For general information about the eResearch services UCT offer, please visit the eResearch website.

    For specific queries, you can email eResearch@uct.ac.za.

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    For general information on these research systems, please visit the pages below:

    You can also log a general research systems request by clicking here.

    For other queries, please email the research systems support team at era@uct.ac.za.

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    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.

      For queries or support requests related to NRF funding opportunities listed either on the NRF website or on the UCT current funding opportunities page, please email Zam Ndzotyana.

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      For queries related to NRF grants post award, including SARChI) and conditions of your NRF grant, please reach out to Robyn Udemans or email researchfunding@uct.ac.za.

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      If you have questions or support requests regarding new SARChI applications, please contact Christina Pather.

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      The International Grants Hub (IGH) within the UCT Research Office provides advice on competitive research proposals to international funders. For current such opportunities, please see this page.

      You can contact the IGH team at internationalgrants@uct.ac.za.

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      The International Grants Hub at the Research Office can assist you regarding various pre-award queries relating to funding applications to National Institutes of Health (NIH).

      Contact the team via internationalgrants@uct.ac.za.

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      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.

      You may contact Likho Sikutshwa from the International Grants Hub at UCT's Research Office to request an account or simply self-register and then sign in.

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      Researcher development

      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.

      You can read more here or email Nocky Bobo.

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      The Postgraduate Hub is a source of information and support for new, prospective and current postgraduate students at UCT.

      For specific support or queries, please contact Amanda Bessick or Fazeela Felton.

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      Administration and support to UCT's postdoctoral research fellows are managed by the Postgraduate Centre & Funding Office (PGFO).

      For enrollment and general queries, you can visit the online postdoctoral hub. For further enquiries, you can reach out to Amanda Bessick or Fazeela Felton.

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      For guidance on the application and rating process and general information, please see this page.

      For more information on NRF ratings email Mbasa Mguye or Amanda.Raman@uct.ac.za

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      Please direct queries regarding applications for accreditation, reviews, changes in directorship of URC accredited research groupings, please email Mbasa Mguye.

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      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.

      The UCT Knowledge Co-op supports UCT's mission to address local development challenges through socially responsive research. Visit the Knowledge Co-op website here.

      • 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 know-op@uct.ac.za making reference to any projects that are of interest to you.

      For specific queries, please email the Co-op here.

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      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.

      See this page for information on what ORI can assist you with and see here for training queries.

      For specific queries, please contact Lyn Horn (director) or Paula Saner (manager).

      Research outputs publication costs

      Here you can find contact information for colleagues within the Research Office that can advise and guide you on the policy related to recognising your research outputs for DHET Subsidy.

        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.

        For more information, you can contact Ronel de Swardt and Paul Dantu.

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        To download guidelines on how to apply for the inclusion of journals to the DHET list of South African journals, please click here.

        For more information, you can contact Ronel de Swardt.

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        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.

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        To request support or query an issue regarding costs related to article processing and open-access publishing, visit this page or contact Ronel de Swardt and Paul Dantu.

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        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.

          Please visit the UCT Postgrad Hub.

          For more information regarding communication queries related to postgrad matters, you can contact Jess Oosthuizen.

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          Please visit the Research Support Hub.

          For more information regarding communication queries related to internal research matters, you can contact Nobhongo Gxolo.

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          Please visit the Research and Innovation homepage for information on UCT's research activity in the international research space.

          For more information regarding these communications, you can contact Ayanda Mthethwa.

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          For the latest UCT research news, please click here.

          For more news submissions or information regarding these communications, you can contact Nobhongo Gxolo.

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          Research nominations, fellowships & awards

           

           

          Visit this page or contact Mbasa Mguye.

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          Visit this page or contact the International Grants Hub.

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          Visit this page or contact Mbasa Mguye.

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          Please contact Mbasa Mguye.

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          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.

          For more information, you can visit this page or contact Janine Ramandh and Werner van der Ross.

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          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.

          Please contact Carolyn Newton.

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          Please contact Wilna Venter.

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          Please contact Wilna Venter.

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          Please contact Wilna Venter.

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