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- Funding Opportunity: AACR Breast Cancer Research Fellowships

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) are currently inviting applications, from AACR members, for:


The AACR Breast Cancer Research Fellowships represent a joint effort to encourage and support postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to conduct breast cancer research and to establish a successful career path in this field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to breast cancer.

The fellowship provides a two-year grant of US$120,000 to support the salary and benefits of the fellow while working on mentored breast cancer research.

Funder application due date: 23 March 2023 by 20:00 (SAST)

For more information, click here.

- Funding Opportunity Announcement:  SAMRC Research Grants – Early Career and Research Grants – Program 

In January 2023, South Africa was admitted as a member of the International Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) following a competitive application process. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) serve as joint institutional members. South Africa is the 16th country to be admitted, and the only country from Africa. HFSP Research Grants support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. 


Two types of research grants are available: 

Research Grants - Early Career 

Research Grants - Program 

All team members are expected to direct a research group (however small) and must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD or equivalent). They must be in a position to initiate and direct their own independent lines of research. The HFSP award is not intended to create scientific independence, this is a decision of the research institute prior to the application. 

Awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. The research team is expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration. Applications including independent investigators early in their careers are encouraged. 


Award details:  

  • Detailed budgets are not required.  

  • Depending on team size, a fixed sum is awarded, to each team, over three years, depending on team size (awarded 2-member teams will receive 300 000 USD and 4-member teams 500 000 USD annually, if all members have their labs in different countries).   


Please adhere to the following SAMRC application deadlines: 


For more information, click here

- Funding Opportunity Announcement: VinFuture Prize

The VinFuture Prize Council is a global and diverse team of distinguished individuals from academia, research, and industry, globally renowned for their achievements and contributions in advancing human progress in the fields of science, technology, and industry. The vision for the VinFuture Prize is to catalyse meaningful change in people’s everyday lives through tangible and highly scalable improvements in areas such as productivity, prosperity, connectivity, health, safety, environment, sustainability, as well as their overall happiness regardless of socioeconomic status. 

VinFuture Prize recognizes fundamental advances in science and engineering that align with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, including eradicating poverty and hunger, enhancing health and quality of life, promoting access to quality education, clean water, and renewable energy, reducing inequality, addressing climate change etc. 


Nomination process: 

  • VinFuture Prize welcomes nominations from reputable organizations such as universities, research institutes/centers, academies of science and technology, scientific associations/networks, corporations and industries, innovation incubators and from prominent individuals in related areas. 
  • No self-nominations are accepted.  
  • Both organizational/institutional nominators and individual nominators can submit their nominations for the VinFuture Prizes via the Online Submission Portal. 


Award details:  

  • The VinFuture Prize pledges US$4.5 million annually to reward breakthrough scientific research and technological innovations, including: 
  • One grand VinFuture Prize of US$3 million 
  • Three special VinFuture Prizes of US$500,000 each, dedicated to: 
  • Developing country innovators 
  • Female innovators 
  • Outstanding achievements in emerging fields 


Please adhere to the following deadlines: 

The deadline for 2023 nomination submission is Monday, May 15 at 9am 


For more information, click here.

- Announcement of NRF One Call for Proposals 2023 / 2024

Dear UCT Researchers,


The NRF has announced the opening of NRF One call for proposal applications. Please see the attached MS Word list for the NRF calls that are currently open, the internal deadlines and contact person per funding programme.


Please take note of the following:

  1. It is of utmost importance that applicants consult the Funding Framework for more detailed information about the funding instrument about the:
  • Purpose / theme(s) of the call
  • Eligibility criteria (contract staff must be employed at UCT for the duration of the funding period or provide a letter from the HoD)
  • Which budget items are funded/not.
  • Whether provision has been made for postdoctoral support.
  • Application review scorecard.
  1. The NRF PG student funding policy was revised w.e.f. 2021 and grant holder linked PG bursaries have been phased out. Students must apply directly to the NRF with your application reference number. The call usually opens in April – please check for the announcement from the PGFO.
  2. All applications must be submitted via the new NRF Connect system. Guides on how to register & sync your CV from the old system are available online here. See the attached PDF for how to import outputs from Scopus / ORCID.
  3. Applications submitted by the UCT internal deadline will receive review feedback. Proposals received after the UCT internal deadline will only receive technical review.



  1. Exporting Output records from NRF submission
  2. List of open calls, internal deadlines and contact persons


It is recommended that researchers check the current funding page regularly for up to date information about open funding calls-

- Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIH - Exploratory Grants for Climate Change and Health Research Center Development

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is soliciting applications for the Exploratory Grants for Climate Change and Health Research Center Development (P20 Clinical Trial Optional; RFA-ES-23-007) program. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to solicit P20 planning grant applications for Climate Change and Health Research Centers (CCHRCs).


This program will support the development of a transdisciplinary research environment to sustain a program of fundamental and applied research to examine the impacts of climate change on health and to develop action-oriented solutions to protect the health of individuals, communities, and nations from the hazards posed by climate change. This opportunity will allow the development of new research teams collaborating with communities and other partners to develop projects that generate data that will build or expand research capacity across a range of thematic scientific areas in support of the four core elements of the NIH’s Initiative in climate heath research: health effects research, health equity, intervention research, and training and capacity building.


Award details:

· Awards are available for three years and offer up to $850,000 for direct costs per year.



  Round 1 Round 2

PI to initiate an eRA proposal approval request and contact the Departmental Finance Officer no later than

20 March 2023 26 September 2023

PI to submit an eRA proposal approval request to the Finance Approver step on eRA no later than  

17 April 2023 26 October 2023

PI to submit the application on ASSIST no later than

24 April 2023 2 November 2023

RC&I to action final submission on ASSIST no later than

28 April 2023 7 November 2023


For more information, click here

- Funding Opportunity Announcement - NIH: Translational Research in Maternal and Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks applications for Translational Research in Maternal and Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics (R01 Clinical Trial Optional; PAR-20-300 and R21 Clinical Trial Optional; PAR-23-131).


The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support translational and clinical research to improve safe and effective precision therapeutics for pregnant and lactating persons, fetuses, neonates, and children (including those with disabilities) by:

1. Advancing precision medicine in pregnant persons, lactating persons, and children through the development of novel tools, models, and other technologies that could have a direct clinical or health impact.

2. Enhancing the understanding of the underlying mechanisms of drug action, including the role of pediatric ontogeny and the dynamic physiological changes that occur during pregnancy and lactation.

3. Discovering and developing novel therapeutics or enhance the usage of existing drugs or drug repurposing for safer and more effective medications in pregnant and lactating persons, neonates, and children.


Award details:

R01 - Research Project Grant Program R21 - Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award
Grants are available for five years. Grants are available for up to two years and the combined budget for direct costs for the project period may not exceed  $275,000.

Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year



  R01 R21

PI to initiate an eRA proposal approval request and contact the Departmental Finance Officer no later than

24 April 2023 4 May 2023

Approver step on eRA no later than

24 May 2023 5 June 2023

PI to submit the application on ASSIST no later than

31 May 2023 12 June 2023

RC&I to action final submission on ASSIST no later than

5 June 2023 15 June 2023


For more information, click  here.