Research and Innovation
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU), as the only health sciences university in South Africa, is strategically positioned to focus on multidisciplinary health research that will provide solutions to ease the quadruple burden of disease facing the country.
The Research Directorate is tasked with the leadership, management and administration of Research and Innovation at SMU. We aim at building an environment that allows academic freedom and yet being aligned with National Health Research Summit Report as we participate in the production, dissemination and utilization of new knowledge for quality health services.
The Research Directorate comprises of six (6) units that may be contacted to support various functions and activities at the institution:
Research Information Management
Mrs E Mfete
Research Information Officer
Ms W Motsatsi
Coordinator: Grants and Strategic Partnership
Mrs F Malamatsho
Coordinator: Research Capacity Development
Mrs J Matentji
Postgraduate Funding Officer
Ethics review of research proposals
Mrs L Phiri
Coordinator: Animal and Human Research Ethics
Research, Strategic Partnership and Technology Transfer Office
National traction is maintained through an agreement with NIPMO to provide technical support for IP Management and patent registration. An MOA with Technology Innovation Agency assists in commercialisation of innovative research outcomes that may have economic potential. The Office works closely with the Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubation and explores innovative business ideas emanating from student Entrepreneurs that may have IP potential.
Mr M Sebola
Project Coordinator: Research, strategic Partnership and Innovation