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  • How multilingual are we? A survey of African Languages used in the Faculty of Health Sciences

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    The Centring African Languages to Decolonize Curricula (CALDC) project invites you to participate in a voluntary research study about the linguistic proficiency in African languages among staff and students in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

    The purpose of this study is to collect useful demographic information from and of people in the Faculty of Health Sciences that speak and use African home languages. This demographic information will help in developing clear strategies to strengthen the development and use of African languages in for teaching and learning. Participation in this study will involve completing a 27-item online language history questionnaire. Duration to complete the survey is approximately 20 minutes. Participation in this study is free and voluntary with no monetary compensation. Participants are free to withdraw from the study at anytime.

    Who is eligible?
    - Academic staff and students. For this study academic staff refers to all members of the faculty employed in an educator capacity by the University of Cape Town, therefore have UCT email addresses.

    - Students refer to all those who are registered as students in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

    Complete this survey and stand a chance to win 1 of 4 pairs of crocs! Entry into the draw
    is only through successful completion of the survey! Don’t miss out!

    Please find the survey here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement:  Wellcome Trust Awards 

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    The Wellcome Trust seeks to fund researchers addressing important questions relating to life, health, and wellbeing, with creative approaches that push boundaries. Applications are requested from researchers through innovative projects, that will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health, and wellbeing.  
     
    Two grant schemes are available: 

    • Early-Career Awards scheme, for researchers ready to develop their research identity 
    • Career Development Awards scheme, for researchers with the potential to be international research leaders 

     
    Research proposals may be in any discipline - including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), experimental medicine, humanities and social science, clinical/allied health sciences, and public health - as long as it has the potential to improve human life, health and wellbeing, and aligns with the Wellcome Trust’s funding remit.  
      
    Award details:   

    • Early-Career Awards scheme:  
      • ​​Grants are available for up to five years and applicants may request salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses. 
    • ​Career Development Awards scheme: 
      • ​Grants are available for up to eight years and applicants may request salary (if required) and the resources required for their research programme. 

    Funder deadlines (3 deadlines per year)
    Early-Career Award: 15 February, 21 May & October 2024 
    Career Development Award: 11 April, 25 July & November 2024 


    Please find the full call for the Early-Career Award opportunity here, and for the Career Development Award opportunity here. 

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship 

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    Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship | 11 July 2024

    The UK-based National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is launching a new annual Global Advanced Fellowship scheme, aimed at postdoctoral researchers at all levels. The scheme aims to create a sustainable pathway to research leadership for global health researchers working in Low- and Middle-income countries (LMIC) and the UK. The Global Advanced Fellowship scheme will support any field of applied global health research for the direct and primary benefit of people living in LMICs eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA).

    Eligibility:  

    To be eligible for an NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship you must:

    • Hold a relevant PhD or postgraduate medical research degree, or have submitted your thesis for examination at the time of application. You must have been awarded your PhD or postgraduate medical research degree by the time you attend interview. 
    • Not already hold a Professorship/Chair at the point of application.
    • For clinical applications: have completed relevant pre-registration training.
    • Be employed by a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or Research Institute in a LMIC or a HEI in the UK
    • Be conducting research that directly and primarily benefit patients and the public in countries on the OECD DAC list.

     

    Award details:  

    • Up to £750,000 funding towards the salary costs of the individual, and the costs of an appropriate research project and training and development programme.
    • Project duration of 2 to 5 years Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) in duration and may be taken up on a part-time basis between 50% and 100% WTE.

    Funder Deadlines:   11 July 2024


    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Advanced Computing Committee (ACC) Research Equipment Call 2024 

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    Deadline for submission to Faculty Computing/IT Committees: 31 May 2024

    The purpose of this grant is to provide funding for strategic research related computer equipment and software items (including implementation support e.g., specialised computing services) that are not covered in the conventional way by Faculty IT Equipment Committees. The ACC considers applications for medium-sized computer related hardware and software items of R50 000 to R750 000, as well as large items of R750,000 or more, however, applications for funding for large items must form part of a coordinated effort across departments/faculties and include one or more of the following: eResearch, ICTS, Big Data research facility.

    Eligibility:
    UCT researchers are eligible to apply if they are:

    • Permanent academic staff; or
    • Joint PGWC/UCT academic staff in Health Sciences on UCT Conditions of Service (excluding registrars), or
    • Contractstaff on academic conditions T2, with a co-applicant from one of the above categories.

    Honorary Research Associates; Emeritus Professors; Emeritus Associate Professors; Honorary Professors; Honorary Associate Professors and Senior Research Scholars are NOT eligible to apply. Those who wish to have access to new computer equipment and software must form part of research groupings and may not be the Principal Applicant.

     

    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIH - Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

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    The purpose of this call is to support studies that will identify, develop, and/or test strategies for overcoming barriers to the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, practices, programs, tools, treatments, guidelines, and policies. Studies that promote equitable dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions among underrepresented communities are encouraged. Conversely, there is a benefit in understanding circumstances that create a need to stop or reduce (de-implement) the use of practices that are ineffective, unproven, low-value, or harmful. In addition, studies to advance dissemination and implementation research methods and measures are encouraged. Applications that focus on re-implementation of evidence-based health services (e.g. cancer screening) that may have dropped off amidst the ongoing COVID pandemic are encouraged. 

    The National Institute of Health (NIH) have announced three linked funding opportunities: 
    R03 Small Grant Program (PAR-22-106)  
    - Direct costs of up to $50,000 per year may be requested 
    - Maximum project period is 2 years 
     
    R01 Research Project Grant (PAR-22-105)  
    - Budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project 
    - Maximum project period is 5 years 
     
    R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grant (PAR-22-109)  
    - Combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in a single year 
    - Maximum project period is 2 years 
     

    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Division of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology Social Committee Event - Sandwich Drive

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    The Division of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology welcomes your contributions throughout the month of March.

    Deadline for collections: 29 March 2024.

    Drop-off locations and contact details are indicated on the flyer.
    Event details will be provided in due course. Kindly email yuvika.vandayar@uct.ac.za if interested in volunteering.

    Your assistance will be greatly appreciated and may you be rewarded for your efforts and contributions.

     

    Sandwich Drive 2024
  • Call for applications: The University Equipment Committee (UEC) Research Equipment Call 2024 - Faculty-Prioritised Large Equipment Grants 

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    Deadline for submission to Faculty Equipment Committees(FEC)​: 24 May 2024

    The University Equipment Committee seeks to advance, extend, and support the research equipment infrastructure of UCT in concert with the research strategies of UCT, the faculties and departments. Equipment may be defined as a facility or system that is used for research purposes and that provides experimental, analytical, processing, testing, measurement, storing, housing, preparation, performative or recording capabilities. The UEC considers applications for funding of either single, or multiple items of equipment which together constitute a coherent unit. When dealing with an application which features multiple items, the UEC shall consider the coherence of the system being requested and may thus exclude applications which feature distinctly independent items. When dealing with applications that include computing facilities or software, the UEC shall consider the necessity of the items to drive or operate a coherent facility.

    Eligibility:
    UCT researchers are eligible to apply if they are:
    • Permanent academic staff; or
    • Academic staff on T2 contracts of at least 5 years; or
    • Joint PGWC/UCT academic staff in Health Sciences on UCT Conditions of Service (excluding registrars).

    Honorary Research Associates; Emeritus Professors; Emeritus Associate Professors; Honorary Professors; Honorary Associate Professors and Senior Research Scholars are NOT eligible to apply. Those who wish to have access to new equipment must form part of research groupings and may not be the Principal Applicant.

     

    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: UKRI - Applied global health funding

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    Funder's Application Deadline: 13 June 2024

    The UK Medical Research Council is looking to fund:  
    - Applied research projects that will address global health challenges and inequities  
    - Global health partnerships to enable applied research that will address global health challenges and inequities 
     
    Applications may be of any size, including large projects and small to medium-scale applications. Applications should be diverse, promote multi-disciplinarity and strengthen global health research capacity. 
     
    The call is open to lead applicants from Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC) as well as researchers based in the UK who are working in equal partnership with LMIC investigators. 
     
    Award details: 
    - Budgets of £150 000 - £2 000 000 for the project duration 
    - Project period of up to five years  

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: UKRI - Enhancing biomedical and health-related data and digital platform resources 

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    Funder's Application Deadline: 18 June 2024

    The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) have announced a pilot funding opportunity: Enhancing biomedical and health-related data and digital platform resources. Access to reliable, annotated, and usable data at scale underpins recent advances in analytical capabilities, such as advanced statistical techniques, large language models and deep learning. The need for harmonised digital research infrastructures (DRIs), services, tools and standards to support biomedical science, health, and care research continues to increase.  

    This funding opportunity aims to invest in enhancing DRIs, services, tools and standards that are outward facing and create a stimulating environment for all participants, from those delivering a harmonised and seamless data infrastructure ecosystem to those who will utilise this ecosystem to advance UK life sciences, health and care research and innovation. 
      
    Award details:   
    The full economic cost (FEC) of your project can be up to £3,750,000 
    Project period of up to five years   

    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Call for applications: Faculty of Health Sciences Research Committee (FRC)  Start-u Emerging Researcher Award (SERA) 

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    Submission Deadline: 30 April 2024

    The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) is seeking applications for the 2024 Start-up Emerging Researcher Award (SERA). This competitive award is aimed at supporting emerging researchers, recently appointed in the FHS, who want to start their own research at UCT. Support is provided in the form of funding for a research project to be conducted by the applicant. We particularly encourage cancer-related applications as there is ring-fenced funding within FHS Research Committee for cancer-research projects.  
     

    Please read the full application document here.

    All queries to be sent to research.health@uct.ac.za research.health@uct.ac.za.

  • New address: Goods Receiving Office

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    Please Note:

    As from 12 April 2024 the Goods Receiving Office has moved to the following address:

    Wernher & Beit Building North,
    Level 1, Room N1.12

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIHR Global Advanced Fellowship 

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    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) seeks applications for the Chronic, Noncommunicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (D43 Clinical Trial Optional; PAR-22-104). This program supports collaborative research training between institutions in the U.S. and low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). 
    Programs must sustainably strengthen the capacity of LMIC institutions and investigators to conduct research on NCDs. Sustainable NCD research capacity is known to require a critical mass of scientists and health research professionals with in-depth scientific expertise and complementary leadership skills that enable them to conduct independent, internationally recognized NCD research relevant to the health priorities of their country. This NCD-LIFESPAN program supports institutional research training awards for training programs designed to strengthen the capacity of the LMIC institution(s) to support independent research through the education and career development of individual researchers and key personnel. The trainees are expected to contribute to the research capacity in the LMIC upon completion of their training. 

     

    Award details:  

    • Application budgets are limited to $230,000 per year for new awards and the maximum project period allowed is 5 years.  

     

    Funder Deadlines:   15 July 2024


    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Funding Opportunity Alert: Limited institutional eligibility for UCT Applications to the NIHR Global Health Research Development Awards – Call 1

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    Deadline for submission: 15 May 2024

    The Faculty of Health Sciences Research Office has been made aware of a NIHR call for Global Health Research Development Awards – Call 1. These NIHR awards will provide funding to increase the competitiveness of global health research applications led by researchers based in ODA-eligible countries (on the DAC list). The Development Awards will support underpinning work for the development of high-quality global health research proposals and applications to help award holders and their organisations secure further research funding from the NIHR and other funders.

    Under this call, up to two applications from an eligible organisation, such as University of Cape Town (UCT), can be submitted. If the organisation submits two applications, at least one application must have a female Lead Applicant. As UCT is only able to submit a maximum of two applications, should more than two eligible Lead Applicants indicate their intention to develop a proposal, a shortlisting process will need to be followed.

    Please note: In instances where a funding call specifies that an institution can only submit a limited number of applications, it is the researcher’s responsibility to approach the Research Office, by emailing FHS.researchfunding@uct.ac.za and/or completion of the FHS intention-to-submit form, before preparing an application to avoid disappointment

  • Call for applications: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity

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    Submission Deadline: 29 April 2024
     
    Applicants are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship based at the Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity (CLII), Division of Pulmonology, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town. The CLII conducts various TB and other respiratory disease-related research projects at numerous sites in Southern Africa. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to various active projects aimed at novel biomarker discovery for the diagnosis of pulmonary and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis, prediction of treatment outcomes and disease progression - using proteomic and immunological-based investigations.

    Applicants are required to submit their CV, cover letter, and contact details of two referees to Pat Wileman; email: pat.wileman@uct.ac.za by 29 April 2024.

    Please read the full application document here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIH Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Ageing (RO1/R21)

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    This R01 Research Project Grant (PAR-24-091) and R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (PAR-24-092) invites applications at the intersection of HIV and ageing by proposing research that aims to meet the following objectives: 

    • Improve the understanding of biological, clinical, and socio-behavioural aspects of aging through the lens of HIV infection and its treatment; and 
    • Improve approaches for testing, preventing, and treating HIV infection, and managing HIV-related comorbidities, co-infections, and complications in different populations and cultural settings by applying current aging science approaches. 

    Award details:  

    • R01 Research Project Grant  
      • Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.  
      • Maximum project period is 5 years. 
    • R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant
      • Combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $275,000. No more than $200,000 may be requested in any single year. 
      • Maximum project period is 2 years. 

    Funder Deadlines:   

    • General Applications: 
      • R01- 05 June 2024 
      • R21- 16 June 2024 
    • AIDS-related applications: 07 September 2024 


    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIH Streamlining mental health interventions for youth living with HIV in Low- and Middle-Income Countries ​

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    Funder's Application Deadline: 12 August 2023

    There is a practical need to develop streamlined versions of mental health interventions for youth living with HIV (YLWH) that can be feasibly implemented and scaled up in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The purpose of this R01 Research Project Grant is to use novel methods to streamline evidence-based mental health interventions for YLWH so that they require fewer resources to deliver while still leading to clinically meaningful improvements in mental health and HIV outcomes.  
    All research should focus on streamlining an existing, evidence-based mental health intervention. Initial work may be proposed to tailor the intervention to YLWH within their specific cultural context, to ensure cultural relevance, and to add a retention in HIV care and/or medication adherence counselling component.

    Award details:  

    • Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. 
    • Maximum project period is 5 years. 

     
    Please read the full announcement here.