Department of Research and Innovation

The Department of Research and Innovation (DRI) plays an enabling role in the University of Pretoria’s vision to be recognised as a leading research-intensive university in Africa. It fulfils its role by integrating people, resources and opportunities that make it possible for researchers, at every stage of their career, to develop and excel. From accessing funding and supporting emerging researchers, through to contract writing and the protection of intellectual property, DRI provides a creative and supportive environment in which researchers at UP, and from across South Africa, the region and the international research community, can contribute to the impact of research on the well-being of society.

The DRI portfolio comprises of five divisions. 

Research Capacity Development and Research Grants Management

The University of Pretoria (UP) strives to create a vibrant and enabling environment for researchers to push the boundaries of curiosity-driven and innovative research. The research capacity development unit is committed to supporting, encouraging and inspiring...Read more

Postgraduate Students Support Hub

At the University of Pretoria (UP) we believe in developing our students to the highest standards to enable them to successfully complete their studies in the minimum possible time and prepare them for the world beyond UP. As a leading research intensive university...Read more

Innovation & Contract Management 

Contract research constitutes an important source of research revenue for the University. It is essentially research that is funded by external sources of funding, including government, foreign funders, and industry or commerce...Read more

International Cooperation Division

In line with the recognised trend towards globalisation, the University of Pretoria continues to enhance its international presence by cultivating, sustaining and expanding strategic international partnerships...Read more

Research Systems and Operations

This division facilitates systems that support the operations/ workflow in Department of Research and Innovation (DRI) and systems that drive the operational flow of research activities to connect with the university mission. It also coordinates the process that promotes UP’s compliance and quality control for outputs submission (i.e. books, journal articles, chapters in books and conference proceedings and creative outputs).



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