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Health Sciences | Research Funding at the University of Pretoria

Welcome to the University of Pretoria's Health Sciences Research Funding

Researcher Categories | Definitions

The Funding Application Process | Diagram

Funding and Grant Writing | Support available from the Research Office

Provisional Funding Schedule [Excel]

Also have a look at Useful Documents and Tools on the Faculty Research Page where you will find general rules, principles, advice as well as a link to UP fees and funding.

These pages are updated daily – please visit them regularly.

Here you will find information on internally advertised research funding opportunities, fellowships, awards, prizes, conferences and workshops [for these see Events at the bottom of the Faculty Research Office page].  When funding opportunities are uploaded here you will receive an e-mail notification in your mailbox from the Office of the Deputy Dean Research.

* Please note that most of the funding opportunities listed are those that the University of Pretoria has been requested to administer.  Click here to view the provisional funding schedule for 2016.  There may be various other opportunities not requiring submission or administration from within the university.  Please always inform the Research Office of all your applications — it is essential information for recording and reporting in the Faculty, which could strengthen future applications!

The Faculty Research Office provides assistance to researchers and academics with their applications for research funding.  Remember that closing dates in faculties are usually around two weeks ahead of UP Research & Innovation Support to allow for the internal quality processes, i.e. screening against guidelines and checklists, proposal editing and feedback, completing institutional sections, signing off with requisite authority, and submitting through secure channels.


Researcher Categories | Definitions

Borrowed from a survey done by the European Commission (Towards a European Framework for Research Careers) the career stages of a typical researcher are categorised to define funding opportunities as follows —

Next Generation Researchers — postgraduates up to the point of PhD [read more ..]

Emerging Researchers — PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent [read more ..]

Established Researchers — researchers who have established a level of independence [read more ..]

Leading Researchers — researchers leading their research field /area [read more ..]

Next Generation Researchers:
postgraduates up to the point of PhD

A next generation researcher will —

  • carry out research under supervision;
  • have the ambition to develop knowledge of research methodologies and discipline;
  • have demonstrated a good understanding of a field of study;
  • have demonstrated the ability to produce data under supervision;
  • be capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas;
  • be able to explain the outcome of research and value thereof to research colleagues.

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Emerging Researchers:
PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent

Emerging researchers are PhD holders or researchers with an equivalent level of experience and competence who have not yet established a significant level of independence. In addition to the characteristics assigned to the profile of a next generation researcher an emerging researcher —

  • has demonstrated a systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of research associated with that field;
  • has demonstrated the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a substantial program of research with integrity;
  • has made a contribution through original research that extends the frontier of knowledge by developing a substantial body of work, innovation or application. This could merit national or international refereed publication or patent;
  • demonstrates critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas;
  • can communicate with his peers - be able to explain the outcome of his research and value thereof to the research community;
  • takes ownership for and manages own career progression, sets realistic and achievable career goals, identifies and develops ways to improve employability;
  • co-authors papers at workshop and conferences.

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Established Researchers:
Researchers who have developed a level of independence.

An established Researcher has developed a level of independence and, in addition to the characteristics assigned to the profile of an emerging researcher —

  • has an established reputation based on research excellence in his field;
  • makes a positive contribution to the development of knowledge, research and development through co-operations and collaborations;
  • identifies research problems and opportunities within his area of expertise Identifies appropriate research methodologies and approaches;
  • conducts research independently which advances a research agenda;
  • can take the lead in executing collaborative research projects in cooperation with colleagues and project partners;
  • publishes papers as lead author, organizes workshops or conference sessions.

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Leading Researchers:
Researchers leading their research area or field

A leading researcher leads research in his area or field. He or she leads a team or a research group. In particular disciplines as an exception, leading researchers may include individuals who operate as lone researchers. A leading researcher, in addition to the characteristics assigned to the profile of an established researcher —

  • has an international reputation based on research excellence in their field;
  • demonstrates critical judgment in the identification and execution of research activities;
  • makes a substantial contribution (breakthroughs) to their research field or spanning multiple areas;
  • develops a strategic vision on the future of the research field;
  • recognizes the broader implications and applications of their research;
  • publishes and presents influential papers and books, serves on workshop and conference organizing committees and delivers invited talks.

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The Application Process


Funding and Grant Writing | Support Services offered by the Faculty Research Office


Notification Process | Call for Proposals

The Research Office alert the target audience —

  • E-mail notification sent from research.hs@up.ac.za;
  • Notification uploaded on Faculty Research | Funding Opportunities  web —
    Summarises call, requirements, eligibility, links to further information and documentation, provides deadline(s)*, offer coordination and support.

* Closing dates in faculties are usually around two weeks ahead of UP Research & Innovation Support /funding agency to allow for the internal quality processes.

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Potential Applicant | What you need to do

To increase the possibility of a sucsessful outcome —

  • Study the guidelines and requirements;
  • Prepare an outline - first draft;
  • Share with a colleague - obtain input;
  • Rewrite - complete first draft;
  • Submit to Faculty Research Office before the internal deadline* - the sooner, the better!

* Closing dates in faculties are usually around two weeks ahead of UP Research & Innovation Support /funding agency.

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Proposal Development | General Tips

Funding bodies have a general assessment method as follows —

  • Track record of applicant - research outputs and experience;
  • Research proposal - scientific content; scientific and technical quality; inter /multi-disciplinary aspects;  match between objectives and aims, and objectives and methodology;
  • Potential human capital development - staff and student involvement;
  • Project management - project organisation, scheduling and budget;
  • Collaboration - inter-institutional: national and international;
  • Supervision /mentorship;
  • Expected outputs;
  • Potential impact - to contribute to the strategic goal of the knowledge economy.

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Internal Submission Processing

The process within the Faculty Research Office after the applicant has submitted —

  • Speed is of the essence - applicants are alerted to processes of feedback and rewrite;
  • Arrange screening committee for scientific merit screening;
  • Screening committee reviews the application and provides feedback and recommendations;
  • Feedback is sent to applicant;
  • Allow time for applicant to process and implement recommendations;
  • (Assist with) Rewrite and completion of next draft application;
  • Re-submit to Faculty Research Office; process repeated.

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Finalisation

The Research Office then —

  • Screens against guidelines, checklists; edit applications; complete institutional sections; sign off with requisite authority; submit through secure channels.

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Follow-up | Recording | Reporting

The Research Office also —

  • Establish outcome; track grant letter and/or acceptance letter; track reporting; populate database; track and enter results for future reference and analysis [cost-benefit, success, return on investment, etc.];
  • Apply management information yielded to strengthen proposals for future submissions.

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Funding/Call Schedules

NRF Call Schedule 2017 | click to view in Excel

Funding Schedule 2016 | click to view in Excel

For more information regarding the University of Pretoria's Health Sciences Research Funding events, click here.

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