A strategic initiative of the President of the SAMRC. The objective of the project is the establishment of a 2-year pilot mid-career scientist programme to fast-track and transition mid-career scientists to independent researchers who will become equipped to write their own grants and thereby secure their own salary and research support. The mid-career scientist programme will invest in promising mid-career scientists to facilitate their retention in the public sector in areas of strategic interest to both the NDoH and the SAMRC.
To date, four mid-career scientists have been invited for participation under this project, namely: i) University of Cape Town, ii) University of Western Cape, iii) Walter Sisulu University, and VI) Sefako Makgatho University.
Each mid-career scientist is awarded one million two hundred fifty rand for the first year (R1 250 000.00per FY) and one million five hundred rand for the second year (R1 500 000.00 per FY)
Participation by universities and scientists is by approval by the SAMRC Board of the research node to be developed at a specific named university and by nomination of the promising mid-career scientist doing work in that research area by the SAMRC President.
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Prof Khumalo is one of the four successful Mid-Career Scientists funded and is from the University of Cape Town.