BackgroundThe ICD research programme seeks to support basic research that aligns to government's programme of action. A distinguishing feature of the ICD research grants is its focus on developing "niches" of research excellence in relation to specific and specialized research themes around which a team of researchers concentrates its research effort. The ICD grant seeks to pursue this through forged intra- and inter-institutional collaboration among its researchers locally and internationally. ObjectivesSpecifically, the objectives of the ICD research grant are to:
- Develop human capital in specialised fields of knowledge within defined themes;
- Develop and foster a culture of research at institutional level deliberately addressing past imbalances;
- Contribute to sustainable research capacity at institutional level;
- Promote inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary research collaboration; and
- Contribute to the knowledge economy and the NRF's "PhD as a driver" strategy.Target groupPermanent or contract academic staff members in possession of a Masters Degree as a minimum and who are prepared to devote three years to the initiation, development and conclusion of a single a research project (where applicable work contract has to extend for the duration of the project).