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Contact person: Ms Carole Roberts
Office of International Affairs

The mission of the Office of International Affairs is to serve as an interface between the SA Medical Research Council (and its stakeholders) and the international health and biomedical research arena, particularly in terms of funding, human resources and other resources, as required. The office fosters relations with international stakeholders primarily by:

  • preparing comprehensive visiting programmes for foreign researchers to SA (example of checklist available for use), and SA researchers going overseas. (pdf format, 116kb)
  • identfying and advertising international funding opportunities (and searching for these on request)
  • managing international fellowships (and, on request, local ones) and Memoranda of Understanding/agreements
  • initiating new funding schemes (for example, the Africa Fellowships)
  • maintaining a database of the MRC's international collaborations, and a file on resources available via foreign diplomatic missions
  • maintaining membership of, among others, the Council for International Organisations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) and the Society of Research Administrators (SRA).
  • maintaining contact with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) with respect to foreign delegations to SA and SA delegations abroad, also science and technology agreements (membership of the Science and Technology Agreements Committee (STAC) and an inter-science council international relations forum)
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For a weekly E-mail list of titles of the RFAs (requests for proposals), PAs (programme announcements) and Notices being advertised at the above site, people can subscribe to the NIHTOC-L, which contains only the Table of Contents of each week's NIH Guide.

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