About the Research Development and Support Division
The Research Development and Support Division (RDSD) operates under the leadership of Prof Nico Gey van Pittius, Vice Dean of Research and Internationalisation. The RDSD aims to provide a friendly, professional and efficient service for the promotion of research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. The RDSD offices service the research, funding and ethics-related needs of Faculty staff, postgraduate students and undergraduate students. RDSD is comprised of five offices: the doctoral office, the health research ethics office, the research capacity development and funding office, the undergraduate research office, and the registrar research support office. It also maintains a link with the Grants Management Office.
Broad areas of research development and support covered by RDSD include: developing and strengthening research capacity among staff and students; coordinating research funding applications and awards from SU and national and international funding bodies; and compliance with regulatory requirements such as the ethical approval of research protocols. RDSD also maintains close links with the Division of Research Development on main campus in addressing a number of other research-related issues.
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