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Media Release

8 June 2015

R30 million for selected previously under-resourced South African universities

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) today announced that it would be giving R30 million to selected previously under-resourced universities across the country. The launch of The Research Capacity Development Initiative for Selected South African Universities took place this morning at the SAMRC headquarters in Cape Town.

Principal Investigators of the valued projects at various Universities presented their abstracts and their thoughts about the programme before being awarded by the SAMRC Board including the SAMRC President Professor Glenda Gray. “These universities have provided compelling proposals that are aligned with institutional research strengths and priorities,” said Professor Gray.  “This research will be rewarding for science, it is pertinent to the country’s burden of disease and it will be game changing for research,” she said.  

The five universities already benefiting from the initiative include the University of Fort Hare, University of Limpopo, Walter Sisulu University, University of Venda and the University of Zululand, which will receive clinical or health research funding worth up to R1 million per institution per annum for five years, while discussion will soon be underway with the sixth institution for the same amount over five years – a total of R30 million.
The proposals currently cover an array of areas in health research such as HIV, indigenous medicines, cancer, environmental health and non-communicable diseases.  This initiative comes after the SAMRC recognized that some universities in South Africa were not accessing funding from the council. The council, noting this gap, addressed this anomaly by funding health research that is conducted by researchers at previously under-resourced institutions.

“Capacity development is not an event, it’s a process,” said SAMRC Vice President Professor Jeffrey Mphahlele. “I’d like to thank the Principal Investigators for developing research in their own institutions and contributing to science as a whole. I would like to challenge them further though, I’d like them to be a part of the SAMRC legacy and in the long run see some of these projects graduating and joining the SAMRC extramural research,” he said. 

Note to the Editor:
Please find attached, an abstract book detailing research areas/proposals and Principal Investigators

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