Workshops and Courses

Workshops and Courses

On an annual basis, the Research Directorate hosts various Research Development workshops and courses aimed at Emerging and Established Researchers within the SMU community. For a full year programme see the calendar.

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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

National Research Council

NRFSMU is one of the universities receiving funding from National Research Foundation which aims to promote and support research utilizing various instruments.Various funding opportunities are available through the NRF, kindly click here to download the funding Schedule.For more information contact the Grants Admin Officer :  or 012 521 3956/3359.


South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)


The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) aims to deliver on a mandate to promote the improvement of the health and the quality of life of the population of our country through research, development and technology transfer. SMU has had a close professional relationship with MRC through various research capacity development initiatives and various call funds.

The scope of the SAMRC’s research includes basic laboratory investigations, clinical research and public health studies.  Research at the SAMRC focuses on the ten highest causes of mortality in South Africa and includes TB, HIV, chronic diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, and women’s health.SAMRC_SMU

Various funding opportunities are available through the MRC, kindly click here to download the funding Guide.For more information contact the Grants Admin Officer  or 012 521 3956/3359



Department of Higher Education and Training Research Development Grant (RDG)

department of higher educationThe main purpose of the RDG is to encourage universities to enhance their research capacity and improve their research productivity through a focus on developing the research capabilities of academic staff through qualification improvement.

SMU has applications open from the following projects:

1. Postgraduate study support programmes for developmental staff (study programmes that specifically support academic staff to obtain formal postgraduate degrees, mainly at Masters and Doctoral levels).

2. Postdoctoral research fellowship programmes (aimed at providing opportunities for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills, with a long term objective of increasing new generation of researchers/ academics).

Application forms are downloadable  below and are to be submitted to the Research Directorate, Office number: Clinical Pathology Building, Fifth floor, room S519 E-mail: / Telephone: 012 521 3965

Research Ethics


The Research Ethics monitoring and approval process at SMU is overseen by the SMU Research Ethics Committee (SMUREC). SMUREC is a continuation of the former (Medunsa Research Ethics Committee – MREC) which was registered with the US Department of Health and Human Services as an International Organisation (IORG0004319), as an Independent Review Board (IRB00005122), and functions under a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA00009419). SMUREC is also registered and audited in accordance with the National Health Act (No 61 of 2003) with registration number REC-210408-003.

Meeting and Submissions Due Date

For SMUREC meeting  and submission dates please click here.

For further information on SMUREC contact:

Ms Lorato Phiri (SMUREC Secretariat) Or Ms Phumzile Sibanyoni (SMUREC Administrator)






Research Output


DoHET accredited, subsidised research outputs are accredited research outputs such as patents, publications (i.e. journal articles, books, chapters in books, refereed conference proceedings) and other creative art outputs recognised by DoHET for subsidy to an institution. The Research and Postgraduate Studies Directorate is responsible for collecting and capturing data for publication as well as the Annual Research Report.

Please note that all research outputs must be submitted by the submission date of 17 March 2017. It is the researcher’s obligation to ensure that all research outputs (accredited and non-accredited) outputs are submitted, annually, to Research and Postgraduate Studies Directorate (RPSD) for recording.


Download document(s) from list below:

Cover letter for research output

Conference Proceedings Checklist

CESM Classification

Books Checklist

Research Output Sub-Fields

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Events Calendar