South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
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Media statement

3 September 2014

Research Council announces R25 million funding opportunity for five historically disadvantaged South African Universities

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has sent out a request for application for the SAMRC Research Capacity Building Fund to five selected Universities in South Africa. The fund will mean that the University of Fort Hare, University of Limpopo, Walter Sisulu University, University of Venda and the University of Zululand will receive clinical or health research funding worth up to R1 million per institution for five years should their applications succeed.

This new partnership with universities comes after the SAMRC’s analysis of research grant and scholarship applications to the council indicated that some universities in South Africa were not accessing medical research funding from the SAMRC. The SAMRC noting that most medical research occurs in urban areas, is seeking to fund research that addresses the health needs of rural communities, and to develop medical research capacity in historically disadvantaged universities. The partnership therefore aims to provide long-term support and funding to build research capacity and in so doing assist these universities to broaden and deepen their involvement in health research in South Africa.

“The SAMRC would like to play a role in training the next generation of scientists by producing 1 000 medical PhD graduates in the next 10 years, and transforming the cadre to reflect that of the country,” says SAMRC President Professor Glenda Gray

The envisaged outcome of this initiative is that health researchers and students at the selected universities will be able to develop compelling and fundable proposals that are aligned with institutional research strengths and priorities, thus strengthening the partnership between the institution and the SAMRC as a funder of health research in the country

The call for proposals was sent out this week and the deadline for submitted proposals is 15 October 2014.

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