UP’s research outputs are submitted to the DHET for the allocation of government subsidy to universities each year. This vital process has a direct influence on the amount of funding the university receives from the government.
The purpose of the DHET policy is to encourage research productivity by rewarding quality research outputs at public higher education institutions. The policy does not measure all outputs but instead aims to enhance productivity by recognising the major types of research outputs produced by higher education institutions. The method provides incentives for institutions to become efficient by subsidising the outputs of research and teaching. It achieves this by setting norms for research outputs per member of permanent academic staff and norms for graduation rates.
Research outputs refer to textual outputs where research is understood as an original, systematic investigation undertaken in order to gain knowledge and understanding. Peer evaluation of the research is a fundamental prerequisite of all recognised outputs and is the mechanism of ensuring and thus enhancing quality.
It is a mechanism that divides a given amount and not a formula that determines the funding need for higher education. As a general rule, research outputs emanating from commissioned or contract research, will not be subsidised by the DHET (for more detail, please review the Research Outputs Policy 2015).
Each department is responsible for collecting and loading research output electronically, which will be captured on the InfoEd system. For queries or more information, kindly contact:
Miss Anwani Nekhumbe (Research Coordinator)
Tel 012 319 2390 send email
Room 4-11 HW Snyman Building North