Accreditation & Evaluation

UCT seed awards

UCT seed awards are available for newly-rated researchers (2020 and 2021) and researchers that successfully maintain – or improve on – their current rating.

The purpose of this intervention is to assure the eligibility of our researchers for future NRF funding programmes (including SARChI) that require applicants to be NRF rated. Whilst the NRF rating system itself seems to be under consideration, our intention is to help position our researchers optimally in relation to an unpredictable national funding environment.

The eligibility criteria for UCT seed awards are the following:

  • Researchers that applied for, and achieved, a new NRF rating in 2020 as well as those that apply in the current round and achieve a new rating in 2021 will be eligible for a UCT seed award.
  • Researchers that were invited to apply for re-evaluation of their current NRF rating in 2019 or 2020 and successfully maintain – or improve on – their current rating will be eligible for a UCT seed award.

The awards will be made in response to a brief application to the Research Office and must be used to further research. An e-application form will be made available late in January 2020, with a deadline of 1 March.

The UCT seed awards – together with the amount forthcoming from the NRF based on rating outcomes – would be comparable to what rated researchers would have received from the NRF for a single year, prior to the change in funding policy.

Please contact Jacky Sylvester for more information. 

 

NRF INCENTIVE FUNDING POLICY VS UCT CONTRIBUTION FOR 2020 and 2021

  1. NEWLY RATED RESEARCHERS

Researchers who have never been rated before and whose rating starts on 1 January 2020/2021

Category

UCT Seed Funding for 2020/2021

NRF Revised (new policy) Incentive

NRF Period of incentive (new policy)

Old Incentive Funding model up until 2017

A rating

R50,000

 

R50,000

Once-off over the duration of the rating cycles

R100,000 p.a over 6 years

B rating

R30,000

R50,000

Once-off over the duration of the rating cycles

R80,000 p.a over 6 years

C rating

  •  

R50,000

Once-off over the duration of the rating cycle

R40,000 p.a. over 6 years

Y rating

R10,000

R30,000

Two grants over the duration of the rating cycle

R20,000 NRF & R20,000 from UCT

P rating

 VC awards

R50,000

 

R40,000 NRF & R40,000 from UCT

 

  1. RE-RATED RESEARCHERS

Researchers who had a valid rating until 31 December 2019 or allowed their rating to lapse, who re-submitted and received a valid rating starting on 1 January 2020

Category

UCT Seed Funding for 2020/2021

NRF Revised (new policy) Incentive

NRF Period of incentive (new policy)

Old Incentive Funding model up until 2017

A

R70,000

R30,000

once-off grant over duration of the rating cycle

R100,000 p.a over 6 years

B

R50,000

R30,000

once-off grant over duration of the rating cycle

R80,000 p.a over 6 years

C

R10,000

R30,000

once-off grant over duration of the rating cycle

R40,000 p.a. over 6 years

Y

R10,000

R30,000

once-off grant over duration of the rating cycle

R20,000 NRF & R20,000 institution

P

VC Awards

R30,000

Annual VC Research Leadership Grants for the duration of the rating cycle

R40,000 NRF & R40,000 institution

 

  1. IMPROVED RATING IN 2020/2021

Researchers who improve their rating between main categories (i.e., Y to C/B; P to C/B/A; C to B and B to A and not between the sub categories within each of the broad categories, e.g., C3 to C2; C2 to C1; etc.)

Category

UCT Seed Funding for 2020/2021

NRF Revised Incentive

NRF Period of incentive (new policy)

Old Incentive Funding model up until 2017

A

R50,000

R50,000

Once-off grant over the duration of the rating cycle

R100,000 p.a.  over 6 years

B

R30,000

R50,000

Once-off grant over the duration of the rating cycle

R80,000 p.a. over 6 years

C

  •  

R50,000

Once-off grant over the duration of the rating cycle

R40,000 p.a. over 6 years

Y

  •  

R50,000

Once-off grant over the duration of the rating cycle

R20,000 NRF & R20,000 institution

P

R30,000

R50,000

Once-off grant over the duration of the rating cycle

R40,000 NRF & R40,000 institution

 

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