Funding alerts – a hassle-free way to find research funds

Posted on April 29, 2015

The Department of Research and Innovation Support (DRIS) has compiled a funding alert request form that you can complete if you want us to consolidate your searches for funding on one easy-to-use platform and send you regular updates of funding opportunities specifically related to your research.

  1. What is a funding alert form, and how does it work?

The funding alert form captures details about a researcher and his or her research. The researcher should take care when completing this form as the information will be used to identify funding opportunities. The keywords provided are particularly important as the quality of the keywords will ultimately determine the quality of funding results.

  1. Is the form connected to all the databases that post funding opportunities?

By completing this alert form, researchers will receive funding alerts from subscribed funding databases, namely Research Africa and Pivot. In addition, DRIS will pass on information about funding opportunities received directly from funding agencies, UP faculties or UP Management.

  1. Do I have to have a user account on any databases or on the DRIS website to use the alert form?

You do not have to register on any website to be able to use the alert form. However, you must have a UP email address because the form caters only for researchers at UP.

  1. Will I receive alerts about both external and internal funding?

All funding opportunities that match your keywords, be they internal or external, will be passed on to you.

  1. How many alert forms can I submit?

You can submit multiple forms on condition that each concerns a different research discipline.

  1. What do I need to have at hand when filling in the form?

All you need is a UP email address, your research keywords and a clear idea of the type of funding you require.

  1. Do I have to upload any documents?

You do not have to upload any documents.

  1. What happens to the alerts when I have secured the funding that I need?

Researchers can opt out of receiving these alerts at any time by sending an email to [email protected] .

  1. Where can I access this form?

The funding alert form is available at .

Alternatively click here.

  1. If I register today, when can I expect to receive my first alerts?

Funding alerts are dealt with every Tuesday. If there are any open calls for funding you can expect to receive alerts as soon as the request is processed. However, if there are no open calls you will receive alerts as calls become available.

As soon as your alerts are created, DRIS will send you a confirmation email.

  1. If I have any other questions, is there anyone at DRIS I can contact?

You can contact Vuyi Mvundla at 012 420 5847 or [email protected]


- Author Department of Research and Innovation Support

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