Dear colleagues and students
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has made funds available for projects that are focused on establishing and/or strengthening the environmental, social and financial sustainability of the university on all of its campuses.
The project leaders, as the holders of the project funds, will be responsible for carrying out the individual projects. Each project team is expected to actively include professional, administrative support and service (PASS) staff, academic staff and students in project conceptualisation and implementation, so that outcomes are co-created by representatives of the full university community and have the quality of the institutional fabric at heart.
Proposals must cross over at least two areas of sustainability: environmental, social or financial. Proposals must also confirm which of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) the intervention will be addressing.
Examples of such projects are:
The current call is focused on the planning and design of such interventions (including a theory of change – see below) and how these could be implemented, with potential for pilot implementation components. Where actual implementation requires funding beyond the award amounts, the university will assist successful applicants to raise international grant funding or to fundraise where the benefit of the project to UCT is confirmed.
Applicants must be members of UCT staff, already appointed by UCT on permanent conditions of service, or on contract for the grant period. Joint staff (excluding registrars) who are on permanent conditions of service with their primary employer (UCT, the Western Cape Government or the National Health Laboratory Service) are similarly eligible.
Grant value and duration
There will be at least two awards that run for up to five years at a budget of up to R1 million per annum, making the maximum total for each award R5 million.
Deadline for submission of applications
A brief email signalling your intention to submit an application must reach email@example.com by Wednesday, 19 February 2020. An application template will be sent to you on receipt of your email. Applications on the correct template must reach the Research Office by Wednesday, 1 April 2020.
Depending on the scope of the projects, at least two applications will be selected for funding and implementation, with the winners being announced at the gala dinner of the International Summit on SDGs in Africa, being hosted at UCT from 20 to 22 April 2020. Should no applications meet the criteria, UCT reserves the right not to award funding.
An application template will be sent to you on receipt of your emailed intention to submit, as indicated above.
The following will be required when filling out the application template:
Funds may be used for running costs, short-term contract appointments of staff, student bursary top-ups or postdoctoral fellowship top-ups.
Expense exclusions include office equipment (computers, laptops, etc), consultants’ fees, large equipment, and project management fees.
Conditions of awards
Support for the application
The international grants team in the Research Office is available to respond to queries and advise on the development of theories of change.
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng
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