South Africa - Seed Funding

The senior management team at AU have decided to place special emphasis on establishing collaboration with African universities.

Vice-deans Jan Ifversen from Arts and J. Michael Hasenkam from Health have visited two of the most prominent universities in South Africa, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Witwatersrand University (Wits) in Johannesburg, to gauge their interest in a collaboration with AU.

“South Africa has had a difficult time establishing international relations as a result of so many years of apartheid; but now, after twenty years with a democratic government and stable growth, things are starting to look up. Both UTC and Wits are very interested in collaborating with AU because it gives them a chance to draw on and benefit from our strengths within research and education and ease their access to international research funding,” explain Jan Ifversen and J. Michael Hasenkam.

They add that both UCT and Wits have clear research strengths and possess extensive and unique research material related to nature, animal life, culture, health and much more, which researchers and students from AU will be able to benefit from. 

Based on this, AU will channel seed money in portions up to a maximum of DKK 60,000 during the course of 2014 and 2015. The money will go to initiating specific collaborations between researchers from AU and UCT and Wits.

You may apply for funding to prepare establishment of the collaboration. This includes travel and accommodation expenses, as well as meeting expenses for the symposiums or workshops. Applications for funding to cover the costs of research or education cannot, however, be granted.

Who can apply?

In order to apply for seed money it is crucial that you propose a collaboration that is coequal and contains elements of both research and education.

This means that a researcher or lecturer from AU must identify a research project that can only – or with significant advantage – be carried out in collaboration with a South African partner.

How to apply?

Applications for seed money can be submitted in 2014 and 2015 on a first come, first served basis.