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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 & 01 October 2024 
    • Career Development Award: 11 April, 25 July & 26 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.

  • 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.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement - NIH: Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award

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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 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.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement:  Wellcome Trust Discovery Awards  

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    The Wellcome Trust Discovery Awards scheme is soliciting applications from established researchers and teams from any discipline who want to pursue bold and creative research ideas to deliver significant shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing.  
     
    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’sfunding merit. An award can be held by an established researcher, or a team of researchers led by an established researcher.  
      
    Eligibility:  

    • This call is open to established researchers or the lead applicant of a research team who have  
      • International standing as a research leader in their field  
      • Experience of leading innovative and creative research  
      • A track record of managing and training others  
    • The project should aim to make a major contribution to the research field by
      • ​Generating significant shifts in understanding; and/or  
      • Developing methodologies, conceptual frameworks, tools or techniques that could benefit health‐related research  
    • Successful applicants will be expected to actively promote a diverse, inclusive and supportive research environment within their team and across their organisation  

      
    Award details:  

    • Grants are available for up to eight years and applicants may request the resources required for their research programme.   

    Funder Deadlines:   15 July 2024


    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement: NIHR Global Health Policy and Systems Research

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    Funder's Application Deadline: 19 June 2024

    The UK-based National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has launched the Global Health Policy and Systems Research Projects (HSPR) Call 2. The Global HPSR Programme funds research to improve access to appropriate and affordable health services in ODA-eligible countries on the DAC list, aligned with the aims of Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goal 3. This is achieved through development of equitable partnerships between LMIC and UK research institutions where relevant, engagement of stakeholders to identify and address priorities for research in health policy and health systems, and by supporting capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing. 

    Award details:  

    • Award funding from £250,000 to £800,000  
    • Project duration for up to 3 years  

    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Call for applications: Faculty of Health Sciences Research Committee (FRC) Postgraduate Research Training Grant ​

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    Application Deadline: 24 June 2024

    The Faculty Research Committee (FRC) has committed a budget to strategic research support awards to assist postgraduate research related projects. The intention of this award is to assist Principal Investigators to support a postgraduate related research project(s) with the vision to help fulfil the successful completion of both the project(s) and the postgraduate degree(s). 

    Award information: Award type: Research Training Grant to assist completion of a postgraduate student research related project(s). 
     
    Eligibility 
    Application for the funding must be made by the Principal Investigator (academic or research staff member in the Faculty of Health Sciences) who is the supervisor of the postgraduate student(s) (including any postgraduate degree involving a research component – Honours, MSc, PhD, MMed, etc) conducting the relevant research project(s). Principal Investigators can apply for funds to support multiple students’ projects in one application but are limited to one application per Principal Investigator. 
     
    Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the FRC. 

    Please read the full announcement here.

  • Call for applications: Master of Public Health Bursary - Empilisweni Centre

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    Deadline for submission: Rolling deadline in 2024

    Empilisweni Centre aims to strengthen capacity in clinical services and implementation science in South Africa through training and mentoring emerging researchers focussed on cancer prevention and control.

    The Centre will offer up to two scholarships to support new or enrolled students in the Masters In Public Health (MPH) programme. They seek highly motivated students with public health interests in either cancer control, health systems research, health economics, epidemiology, socio-behavioural and implementation science, to join their interdisciplinary research group. The candidate should have expressed interest in public sector service, health service or implementation research, or related areas.

    For more information, please read the full announcement here.

  • Inviation to judge - Eskom Expo for young scientists 

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    Eskom Expo for Young Scientists invites professionals and university students to contribute their academic and specialised expertise by becoming judges at the upcoming Regional Science Fairs planned in 38 regions across South Africa, as well as the Eskom Expo International Science Fair (ISF).

    Participating in the Eskom Expo offers an educational and inspiring experience for the diverse learners involved. To achieve this, we need judges who are experts in their fields to guide and motivate these young scientists. Judges serve as ideal role models for our impressionable youth, and mentoring a young scientist is a rewarding way to share your knowledge and give back to the community.

    Professionals such as engineers, doctors, veterinarians, teachers, lecturers, researchers, scientists, and IT professionals are being sought. Teachers can earn SACE Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, while scientists registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) can earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. Other professionals can obtain credit through their respective professional bodies.

    Application Deadline to judge:   15 July 2024


    Please read the full invitation here.

  • Call for applications: Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Technology Management 

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    This programme aims to broaden technology-related management skills in support of high-quality healthcare that is affordable, equitable and sustainable. Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) aims for optimal acquisition and utilization of healthcare technologies as part of efficient and cost-effective healthcare services. This Diploma creates a foundation to establish a new career path for a wide variety of healthcare professionals. 
     
    DURATION AND MODE OF DELIVERY 
    The program will be presented over two years part-time. Students will be required to attend a one-week contact session at UCT at the beginning of each year. Further learning throughout the rest of the year will be done online.  

    REQUIREMENTS 
    - Applicants must have an NQF level 7 qualification or equivalent (Bachelor’s or BTech) although a recognition of prior learning (RPL) exercise is also in place for applicants with NQF level 6 qualifications.  
    - Students must have an electronic device and a stable internet connection to fully engage in online classes.  
    - A background in healthcare would be advantageous, although it is not a set prerequisite. 

    Closing date for applications for 2025 is 31 October 2024 .

    Please read the full application document here.
     
    For further information contact Dr. Lindie du Plessis at lindie.duplessis@uct.ac.za 

  • Call for applications: PGDip and MPhil in Public Mental Health for 2024 

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    Call for applications: PGDip and MPhil in Public Mental Health for 2024 | 1 September 2024

    Application Deadline for both programmes: 1 September 2024

    The Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH), a joint initiative of the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University (SU) and the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT), is an independent inter-disciplinary academic research and teaching centre for public mental health promotion and service development in Africa. The CPMH is proud to invite applications from across the African continent for the Master of Philosophy in Public Mental Health and Postgraduate Diploma in Public Mental Health in 2024.

    For the PGDip, fellowships are available from the African Mental Health Researchers Inspired and Equipped (ARISE) programme and for the MPhil, fellowships are available from the African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI).

    The PGDip (Public Mental Health) is a one-year Africa-centred coursework-based diploma that aims to guide students in developing a good understanding of the discipline of public mental health, as well as the skills required to: (i) undertake research, (ii) participate in improving services and access to mental health interventions, and (iii) advocate for increased attention for public mental health in Africa. The PGDip in Public Mental Health comprises 4 courses: Introduction to Public Mental Health, Research Methodology for Public Mental Health, Mental Health Epidemiology and Interventions for Mental Health. This programme does not include any clinical component.

    The MPhil (Public Mental Health) is a part-time research degree that aims to develop advanced research skills, enabling participants to undertake their own research projects as well as interpret research findings for mental health policy and practice. This degree is usually completed over two years. Students conduct their research in their home countries, supervised remotely by their supervisors. This programme does not include any clinical component.

    For more information on the programme, application procedures:
    MPhil (Public Mental Health) PGDip (public Mental Health)