Science for Health Annual Research Symposium 23

The Department of Medicine invites you to their annual Science for Health Research Symposium.


Dates: 11, 12 October 2023

Venue: Neuroscience Institute Auditorium


Submission for the Dragon’s Den research proposals and research abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the Annual Research Symposium is now open.

Deadline extended - 31 August 2023

 Link for submission (no email submissions)

Dragon’s Den - R50,000 research grant to be awarded to the successful candidate.
3-4 proposals will be shortlisted from the submissions for oral presentation.

Eligibility criteria for the Dragon’s Den

  • Young or early career researcher with a combined personal funding of less than one million Rands over last 5 years
  • All stated objectives must be completed with the funds
  • Project can be nested within a larger proposal
  • Must have ethics approval (can be a substudy)

The written proposal should be a maximum of 2 pages divided into the following sections.

  • Brief background/rationale
  • Aims/objectives
  • Methodology
  • Study design:
    • Will it be a retrospective or prospective study? Participants: Does the study involve Human participants? Recruitment procedures: How will the participant be recruited/enrolled? Explanation of sample size/power considerations Proposed statistical analysis: What statistical analyses will be used to analyze the data?
  • Budget (maximum of R50 000)
    • Detailed description of the budget and justification. Proposed project must be successfully completed with R50,000.
  • Ethical considerations
    • Project must have HREC approval at the time of submission (or before the award is made)
  • Impact or potential impact of the proposed study


  • Prof Glenda Gray (Medical Research Council, SA)
  • Prof Dick Chaisson (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Prof Lebo Gafane-Matemane (North-West University, SA)


  • Best Oral and Graphical abstract:
    • 1st - R5000
    • 2nd - R2500
  • Best Presentation by a full-time clinician:
    • R5000
  • Dragon's Den Research Funding: 
    • 1st - R50 000
    • 2nd - R5000