Focus and Responsibilities

The general strategy statement of the department is to:

  • Create an enabling environment for quality research
  • Excel in providing support to develop research capacity
  • Streamline and standardise research support processes to improve the quality of research
  • Support towards enhancing excellence and visibility of researchers and research programmes

 

Contribution to NWU Annual Performance Plan 2022

Goal 2: Strengthen research and innovation with a strategic focus on impactful globalisation

  • Improve research productivity through research excellence and global leadership
  • Implementation of the higher degree improvement plan to ensure a better throughput rate of master and doctoral students
  • Create and maintain a conducive, sustainable and supportive environment to advance research excellence

Goal 3: Integrate and align community engagement with teaching‐learning and research to develop a culture of active citizenship

  • Promote the Scholarship of Engagement: Community Engagement, Engaged TL and Engaged research

 

We plan to contribute towards abatement of the following risks:

  • Risk 3 – PG students
  • Risk 43 – Digital business strategy;
  • Risk 28 – Business processes;
  • Risk 8 – Internationalisation
  • Risk 2 – Student debt
  • Risk 17: Academic integrity

Our focus for 2022 is on:

Research Development

Focus (Relevant APP Goal)

Programme(s)/Project(s)

Responsibility

 

Contacts

Research Development

APP Goal 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Risk 3, 8, 2

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme
  • DST/HSRC Internship Programme
  • Universities Capacity Development Programme (UCDP) Planning and reporting
  • UCDG Research Chairs Support
  • Enhancement of Researcher Profiles

 

 

MPE Meintjies

 

 

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  • Informal Research Development (e.g. workshops & trainings)
  • Advancing Higher Degrees Qualifications: Emerging Researchers
  • UCDG Finance: Disbursements and reporting

 

Melvin Mothoa

 

0182994849

  • Research Skills and Training Register
  • Informal Academic Professional Development: Communications and administration of workshops and trainings
  • Administrative support for IREA process
Phathizwe Gwebu 0183892377

 

Management of Research funds

Focus (Relevant APP Goal)

Programme(s)/Project(s)

Responsibility

Contacts

Management of Research funds

APP Goal 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Risk 3, 8, 2, 28

 

Pre-Award Management

  • Management of NRF Evaluation and Rating (Pre‐Award process only)
  • Management of NRF, MRC & other research grant applications
  • Communication of Research Funding opportunities to researchers
  • Management of South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) (Pre‐Award process only)
  • Briefing and Training Sessions for researchers

 

Funanani Lavhelani

 

 

 

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  • Management of NRF postgraduate funding applications (Pre‐Award process only)
  • Communication of Research Funding opportunities to students
  • Briefing and Training Sessions for students

 

Boitumelo Mdluli 0182994892

Post-Award Management

Verifications, Compliance monitoring, Funds transfers, Disbursements, Claims processing and submission to funders, Recovery of unspent funds, Financial reporting, Audits for:

  • Grant holder awards
  • Grant holder linked bursaries
  • Block Grants
  • Freestanding Travel Grants and Bursaries (NRF & SKA)
  • Freestanding Post Doc Research Grants and Bursaries
  • SKA Student Travel Grants and Bursaries
  • External Auditing
  • THUTUKA payments
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • NWU Postdoc funding
Johann Du Plessis 0182994854

Compilation, signing off and submission of grant documents (e.g. conditions of grants); Processing and submission of progress reports for:

  • Grant holder awards
  • Grant holder linked bursaries
  • Block Grants
  • Freestanding Travel Grants and Bursaries (NRF & SKA)
  • Freestanding Post Doc Research Grants and Bursaries
  • SKA Student Travel Grants and Bursaries
  • External Auditing
  • THUTUKA

 Payments for NWU Postdocs

 

Heide Goedhals

 

 

 

0182994855

 

Projects and Research Information Management

Focus (Relevant APP Goal)

Programme(s)/Project(s)

Responsibility

Contacts

Projects and Research Information

Management

APP Goal 2.1, & 2.3
Risk 8, 43, 28

 

  • NWU Research Landscape
  • Research Funding Mechanisms
  • THRIP projects
  • MERSETA project
  • Research Project Portfolio
  • TIA Green Coal
  • Income Generation from Research

Cora De Groot

 

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  • Research Funding Mechanisms
  • MERSETA project: Programme Management
  • Research Project Portfolio: Programme Management
  • Support for Income Generation from Research
  • Research Connect Grant system: monitoring and reporting of usage
  • Conference hosting proposals: Planning
  • Grant Writing Training
Tinus Vorster 0836546549

 

Research Ethics and Integrity

Focus (Relevant APP Goal)

Programme(s)/Project(s)

Responsibility

Contacts

Research Ethics and Integrity

APP Goal 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Risk 17, 3, 8, 43

 

  • Development of the Online Research Ethics Application System
  • Support for RECs on the Online Research Ethics Application System
  • Management of the RDGC application process
  • Research ethics and integrity training

Nkosinathi Machine

0182994849

  • Support online Research Ethics Applications
  • Verifications and support on the online Research Ethics Application System
  • Reporting on ethics approvals
  • Administrative support to faculty RECs
  • Administrative support for RDGC application process
  • Research ethics and integrity awareness
Amanda Koto 0182994531

 

Management of Research Outputs Information

Focus (Relevant APP Goal)

Programme(s)/Project(s)

Responsibility

Contacts

Management of Research Outputs Information

APP Goal 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Risk 43, 17, 8

 

  • NWU Publications and Creative outputs subsidy submission
  • Quality assurance of the research publications and creative output subsidy submission process
  • InfoEd management, implementation and maintenance
  • InfoEd system training and online support
  • Integrated Research and Innovation Report

Teresa Smit

0182994853

 

Quality Improvement of Research

Focus (Relevant APP Goal)

Programme(s)/Project(s)

Responsibility

Contacts

Quality Improvement

of Research

APP Goal 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Risk 17, 8, 28

 

  • Support for implementation of the Doctoral Review Improvement Plan
  • Internal evaluation of Research Entities
  • External evaluation of Research Entities
  • Research Support Departmental Evaluations

Zama Kose

 

 

 

0169103444

 

Research Excellence and Visibility

Focus (Relevant APP Goal)

Programme(s)/Project(s)

Responsibility

Contacts

Higher Degrees
Academic Support

APP Goal 2.1, 2.2, 2.3
Risk 3, 17, 8

 

  • Management of the Higher Degrees Academic Support hub (HDASh)
  • Coordination of the masters and doctoral student Orientation programme
  • Support for Higher degrees programme evaluations
  • Supervision support programmes
  • Masters and doctoral student visibility programmes

 

Doret Kruger

 

 

 

 

0182852076