Research and Innovation

The Department of Research and Innovation (DRI) will be hosting our Annual Orientation workshop for Early Career Academics (ECAs) to start off the 2022 programme. The Orientation session involves a discussion regarding the various services offered by DRI as well as other support services. 


This event will be taking place on 15 March 2022 at the Research Commons Auditorium, Groenkloof Campus.

Kindly note that the venue can only accommodate 40 academics and due to social distancing rules, is full. 

Please find the programme for download at the bottom of this page.

To join the event virtually please use the link below:


Contract research constitutes an important source of research revenue for the University. It is essentially research that is funded by external sources of funding, including government, foreign funders, and industry or commerce.


Typically these sources of funding would include government funding instruments such as THRIP, the Innovation Fund, the Biotechnology Regional Innovation Centres (BRICS), and industry sources would include large corporate business, and small to medium enterprises (SME’s). Foreign funders would include the EU Framework Programmes, Foundations and Agencies, and collaborative research funds.

The Department of Research and Innovation (DRI) provides support to researchers at the University in establishing agreements, obtaining funds, establishing collaborations, and compliance with the various legislative and internal University policy requirements.


From left: Plantinah Malatji (TIA Intern), Stanly Ehlers, (Contracts Database Administrator),Dr Simon Thanyani (Contracts and Innovation Manager), Bongani Masombuka
(IP Legal Advisor), Refilwe Ngoato (Technology Transfer Manager), Adv Lawrence Baloyi
(Head: Contracts and Innovation), John Visagie (Manager: Industry and International (EU)
Partnerships), Thabang Qumza (Commercialization Coordination Manager), Mashudu
Nxumalo (Senior Administration Officer) and Tshepo Kubhai (Junior Administrative Assistant)


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