Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Twenty Thuthuka grants for CPUT

ACHIEVERS: Twenty emerging CPUT researchers have been awarded Thuthuka grants. ACHIEVERS: Twenty emerging CPUT researchers have been awarded Thuthuka grants.

CPUT has been awarded more than R3 million in research grants after 20 researchers successfully applied for Thuthuka grants from the National Research Foundation (NRF). 

Fifteen of the recipients are new Thuthuka grant holders while the remaining five have previously received grants that have now been continued.

The 15 new grant holders are: Dr Mahabubur Chowdury, Dr Stanton Hector, Dr Anthony Obilana, Innocentia Erdogan, Lizel Hudson, Merlisa Kemp, Thubalakhe Masango, Neo Motang, Makiwe Nkohla, Dr Moses Basitere, Sune Henning, Dr Velaphi Msomi, Dr Thandikile Mthethwa, Dr Zayd Waghid, and Dr Merrill Wicht.

The continuation grant holders are Dr Kessie Govender, Dr Oluwaseun Oyekola, Shameema Raja, Ncediwe Tsolekile and Dr Oscar Koopman.
The Thuthuka Funding Instrument is aimed at supporting emerging researchers.

“As a University of Technology CPUT comprises by and large as an early-career researcher base, hence the support of up and coming researchers is key to the mandate of the Research Directorate – a key entity in the portfolio of the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research Technology Innovation and Partnerships. To this end, Prof Dina Burger, Director: Research, provided clear instruction in 2018 that the number of Thuthuka grants obtained from the NRF by CPUT researchers must be increased. We are therefore extremely proud of the achievement, in that of the 26 applications submitted to NRF by CPUT 20 were approved and awarded. This totalled over R3 million during the last Thuthuka call, said Research Grants Manager, Tania Holmes-Watts.

She said the increase in grants was a team effort which took due diligence with the quality control process executed ahead of the submissions.

She acknowledged the Research Grants Management Unit team members in the Research Directorate for the support provided to applicants.

“This surely demonstrates that CPUT has great research potential and if we take hands and work together, supported through effective leadership, we are on a very good research support trajectory towards service excellence.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks