About the Research Development and Support Division
The Research Development and Support Division (RDSD) operates under the leadership of Prof Nico Gey van Pittius, Deputy-Dean of Research. 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 grants management office, the health research ethics office, the research capacity development and funding office, and the undergraduate research 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; compliance with regulatory requirements such as the ethical approval of research protocols; and the financial management of research grants, particularly during the post-award process. The 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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