The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa invites proposals for research grants that fall into the thematic areas of the Centre – for two categories of the research grant.
DST-NRF Centres of Excellence (CoEs) are centres of research which concentrate existing capacity and resources to enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines and institutions on long-term projects that are locally relevant and internationally competitive in order to enhance the pursuit of research excellence and capacity development.
The five key performance areas of CoEs are Research, Education, and Training, Information Brokerage, Networking, and Service Rendering. The four research themes of the CoE in Human Development are life-course development; inter-generational development, socioeconomic development and transformational development
Worth of Award
In 2018, the CoE in Human Development will fund proposals recommended by the Management Committee in two categories:

  • Opportunity Grants (up to R150 000 for 18 months) for activities that promote networking, inter-disciplinary meetings, joint writing, journal publication, etc. These activities may include inter-disciplinary or inter-institutional sessions at conferences, seminars with funders and other stakeholders, dissemination activities, and special journal issues.
  • Accelerator Grants (up to R300 000 for two years) for research activities that advance the goals of the Centre (research productivity, education, and training of post-graduate students, dissemination, networking and service). These grants fund activities to initiate networks and research in the thematic areas and other activities that will advance inquiry in the theme and lead to further research grants and opportunities in the forthcoming years. These activities may include meetings with funders and policy stakeholders, dissemination activities, joint publications, reviews on cross-disciplinary topics, etc.


  • Awards are adjudicated by the CoE-HUMAN Management Committee comprising, amongst others, the CoE Director and Lead Researchers in the CoE-HUMAN.
  • Decisions are based on the relevance of the topic to the CoE in Human Development, the calibre of the application and the applicant, and with consideration for a fair distribution of awards across collaborating institutions.
  • Awards are made to institutions that will provide GAAP financial reporting.
  • The Principal Investigator, and/or designated authority in the respective institution will sign a contract requiring a report within a month of the end date, detailing all activities, conference presentations, media dissemination, publications, networking and post-graduate student involvement.
  • All support provided by the CoE HUMAN, whether financial or technical, must be acknowledged in published outputs (books, journal articles, policy briefs), presentations and media outputs.
  • The acknowledgment is to the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
  • Researchers or students who receive funding or technical assistance from the CoE-HUMAN must list the Centre as their affiliation in the format given above, following their affiliation to their host institution.

How to Apply

  • Applications must be submitted via the online application form on the CoE Website.
  • Proposals for Opportunity and Accelerator grants should be no longer than 6 pages, and consist of:
  • A. A conceptual or empirical justification of the activity in terms of human development, its relevance to South Africa and to the thematic areas of the CoE;
  • B. An outline of the activity as related to the key performance areas of the CoE, namely: (1) Research, (2) Education and Training, (3) Information Brokerage, (4) Networking and (5) Service Rendering;
  • C. Expected outputs and benefits in the short and longer term, and the time frames in which the outputs will be realised;
  • D. Planned networking across disciplines and institutions;
  • E. Involvement and capacity development of post-graduate students;
  • F. A short biosketch of the Principal Investigator (PI);
  • G. Budget. It is important to note the following concerning the budget: (1) Value Added Tax (“VAT”) and overhead costs are not to be charged by the recipient institution from the CoEHuman Development research funding; (2) Salaried time of the Principal Investigator cannot exceed 30% (thirty percent) of the total budget of the Grantee’s project research funded by the CoE-Human Development; (3) the budget can only be comprised of these line items: (a) salaries, (b) travel, (c) equipment and (d) running expenses.
  • The Centre does not allow for student bursary funding being part of the budget line items. If you have a student that requires funding, please request them to apply under the call for bursary applications.

Deadline:  The deadline for submission of all applications is Friday 17 November 2017. Application results will be communicated to all applicants by 20 January 2018.

For more information, you can email Prof Linda Richter [email protected]
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