Universities receive funding

2015-06-10 06:01

FIVE South African universities which were previously underresourced have received a R30 million boost for health research.

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) made the announcement on Monday (08/06) at the launch of the Research Capacity Development Initiative for Selected South African Universities at the SAMRC headquarters in Cape Town.

The principal investigators of the valued projects at various universities had presented their abstracts, as well as their thoughts about the programme, before being awarded by the SAMRC Board.

The five universities benefiting from the initiative are the University of Fort Hare, University of Limpopo, Walter Sisulu University, University of Venda and the University of Zululand.

The universities have provided compelling proposals that are aligned with institutional research strengths and priorities.

The proposals cover an array of areas in health research, such as HIV, indigenous medicines, cancer, environmental health and non-communicable diseases.

The universities will receive clinical or health-research funding of up to R1 million per institution per annum for five years.

SAMRC president, Prof. Glenda Gray, said this initiative came after the SAMRC had recognised that some universities in South Africa were not accessing funding from the council.

“The council, noting this gap, addressed this anomaly by funding health research that is conducted by researchers at previously under-resourced institutions,” Gray said.

“This research will be rewarding for science, it is pertinent to the country’s burden of disease and a game changer for research.”

SAMRC vice president, Prof. Jeffrey Mphahlele, thanked the principal investigators for developing research in their own institutions and contributing to science as a whole. – SAnews.gov.za

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