2017 SAMRC Self-initiated Research Grants in South Africa

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is happy to announce the 2017 call for applications for funding under the Self-Initiated Research (SIR) Grants Programme.

The SIR Programme is established to support original research initiated by a researcher at a recognised research institution in selected priority health areas.

Course Level: Grants are awareded for pursuing research programme.

Study Subject: Research priority areas that will be considered in the 2017 SIR call are as follows:

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  • Understanding of the mental health burden of SA
  • Innovations in cancer treatment
  • Addressing the Diabetes Disease burden of South Africa.
  • How to reduce the incidence of traumatic Brain injuries in South Africa
  • Making nutrition and exercise interventions accessible to the public
  • Stroke and Hypertension
  • Understanding the cost of disease management in South Africa: Health economic studies related to the NCD disease burden of South Africa
  • Validation of Indigenous Herbal Remedies for the disease burden in Africa
  • Innovative approaches to improve maternal and child health outcomes

Scholarship Award: SIR grants are in the amount of up to R200 000 per year for a maximum period of three years. These funds give support for research expenses (materials and consumables; support to attend scientific meetings; small items of equipment, etc.).

Scholarship can be taken in: South Africa


  • SIR grants are available to South African citizens or permanent residents only. SIR grant applicants should be either permanently employed at a recognised research institution or be in a long-term contract (at least for the duration of the project). For early-stage investigators, there must be a commitment from the institution to host the applicant and project for the duration of the grant.
  • Only one research proposal will be considered for funding per individual applicant and once granted, only one such grant may be held by an individual until the project has been completed. Preference will be given to individuals who have not previously been a recipient of a SIR grant. Recipients of other SAMRC grants, including individuals working within SAMRC extra-mural research units, may apply for a SIR grant; however, all such grants must be declared in their application. Research grant applications that are proposing work on behalf of commercial entities will not be considered. Individuals working within SAMRC intramural research units are not eligible to apply for a SIR grant.

Nationality: Grants are available to South African citizens or permanent residents only.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have previous degree.

How to Apply: All qualified applications must be submitted using the SIR Grants online system, Proposal Central, managed through Altum (see Appendix A) and must:

  • Be signed off online by the applicant
  • Be approved or validated online by an authorised person in the research administration office of the institution
  • Reach the MRC by midnight on 25 August 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

Application Checklist

  • Completed SIR Grant Online Application
  • Completed and signed SIR Grant Approval Form
  • Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae – maximum length of 5 pages, including a biographical sketch (professional work experience, qualifications, research activities) publication in the last 3 years of active research
  • Ethics Clearance Certificate or a letter indicating that the proposal has been submitted to the institution’s Ethics Committee. Where ethics approval is not required, please submit a letter from the Institutional Research Office stating why it is not required.
  • Completed SIR Grant Reviewer Nomination Form
  • Completed SIR Grant Budget Form
  • Completed SIR Milestone Table

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is August 25, 2017.

Scholarship Link

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