Fitztitute a fully-funded Centre of Excellence

11 October 2010

Following a mid-term external review in 2009 of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) at UCT's Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, news was announced of a second five-year funding cycle for the institute.

This means additional financial support of R12.5m over five years (R2.5m per year from 2010 to 2014). The good news comes at an opportune time: the institute's 50th anniversary year.

"We greatly appreciate this significant enhancement of support from the National Research Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology, and trust that it will allow us to achieve even higher performance levels," said the institute's director, Professor Phil Hockey.

Though positive in their report, the panel felt that too many resources had been devoted to areas that are not core to biodiversity and conservation research, and called for an expansion of research into population and community ecology and the conservation biology of terrestrial systems. Since then the CoE has made strategic advancements to increase its terrestrial ornithology and conservation work.

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