Previously consisting of three separate but complementary offices – the Research Office, Research Contracts and Intellectual Property Services (RCIPS), and the Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office (PGC&FO) – the Department of Research and Innovation was re-organised in 2012, and now comprises the Research Office and the PGC&FO under one umbrella, and RCIPS. As part of the consolidation of activities supporting the postgraduate and postdoctoral sectors at UCT, we look forward to the appointment of Dr Nelleke Bak as the Director for Postgraduate Studies in 2013.

These interventions herald an important era in the history of the institution, signalling the university’s commitment to establishing UCT as a world-class higher-education institution.

Each of the offices that make up the department plays a key role in supporting UCT’s research performance, from maximising access to bursaries, scholarships and grants to developing capacity and increasing research impact, as well as assisting researchers to enter into complex research contracts.
Research Office

The Research Office aims to further UCT’s vision of becoming a research-intensive university with a global reach. Through engagement with relevant parties, it operates as a pivot between academics and the external research environment, and helps to align research interest and expertise with institutional priorities, as well as national and international imperatives.

Executive Director: Research
Research Contracts and Intellectual Property Services Office

One of the fruits of the university’s research activities is the stream of ideas and inventions with commercial and social potential. This year’s Innovation Evening and the associated Innovation brochure again left me amazed and proud – every year we have so much to celebrate and are continually blessed with new rising stars. For example, the 36 new disclosures in 2012 included 14 brand-new UCT inventors. Similarly, 19 new UCT patent holders were among the recipients of the 26 patents granted in 2012.

Director: Research Contracts and Intellectual Property Services Office
Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office

The Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office is a serviceprovision area accountable to the university’s Postgraduate Studies Funding Committee, which in turn, reports to the Board for Graduate Studies, both of which are in the academic cluster of committees and accountable to Senate.

Director: Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office