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​​Research Development and Support

Funding Support


The Research Capacity Development & Funding Office (RCFO) manages and administers research funding internal to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, including funding from Subcommittee C of the Research Committee. In addition, the office deals with some of the national health research funding bodies as listed in the table below. Current open funding calls and related application information can be accessed through our​ Funding Opportunities link, or by clicking www.sun.ac.za/RDSfunding​. 

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) funding opportunities Provisional closing date

Subcommittee C funding:

8 March 2021

15 March 2021

6 September 2021

20 September 2021

20 September 2021

Other FMHS sources:

  • Scientific travel and publication incentive funding 

    » Guidelines​

1 March 
(for travel April-August)

1 July 
(for travel August-December)

1 November 
(for travel December-April)

  • Harry Crossley Foundation funding

    » Guidelines

1 October 2021

National funding opportunities for health research (selected) 

Provisional closing date
(NOTE: Internal closing dates will be earlier than the funders’ closing dates)

Cancer Association of South Africa​ (CANSA)

31 March 2021 (letter of intent)

15 September 2021 (full application) 

Discovery Foundation

  • Academic fellowships

30 September 2021 (internal)

23 October 2021 (external)

  • Sub-specialist awards

30 September 2021 (internal)

23 October 2021 (external)

  • Rural fellowships

15 November 2021 (internal)

15 January 2022 (external)

  • Excellence awards
No call
Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Clinician Researcher Programme
  • ​Bongani Myosi National Health Scholars Programme​
National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) Research Trust​

TBA (internal)

TBA (external)

Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF) 

22 February 2021 (internal)

28 February 2021 (external)

8 September 2021 (internal)

15 September 2021 (external)

​For further information, kindly contact  Tashwell de Wet, tashwell@sun.ac.za, 021 938 9056.