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The Knowledge Transfer Program (KTP) is an initiative to bring together scientific experts and trainees for the purposes of transferring knowledge in a natural and cost effective way. KTP targets postgraduates, postdoctoral fellows and researchers. Expert knowledge providers are matched to a specific project based on requests from a PI and the level of training required.

 Eligibility Currently open to African nationals only.
 Target Group  African individuals seeking to increase their practical skills and relevant expertise within the “omics” field.
 Duration  3 to 6 months
 Deliverables Over a 3-6 month period trainees will have direct access to an expert in the field and will be able to apply, test and modify the acquired knowledge so as to deepen the learning experience. Individual KTP trainees will be encouraged to become local experts so as to transfer the skills gained to additional local recipients. The expert stands to gain recognition and certification through KTP and will help contribute toward the production of a publication, report or possible intellectual property arising from the project.

Overview

The KTP is a first of its kind initiative organized by the CPGR where, instead of sending one individual to learn new skills related to a specific technique, technology, or software tool at another institute, the CPGR acquires the services of an expert/trainer to maximise skills transfer to African scientists. Experts are sought from a pool of certified experts with skills in the wet and dry lab that are of benefit the CPGR and its clients. In an effort to enhance knowledge and capacity within the “omics” field, the participating expert is expected to train interested parties in the appropriate skills both by transferring theoretical knowledge, and by working hands-on with trainees in the lab. The participant, in turn, gains industry work experience and has the opportunity to work with novel data sets from researchers at their institution.

Registration Details

To register as an expert scientist, a trainee or host institution and to gain further information, visit the KTP website.

Training Deliverables

Over a 3-6 month period trainees will have direct access to an expert in the field and will be able to apply, test and modify the acquired knowledge so as to deepen the learning experience. Individual KTP trainees will be encouraged to become local experts so as to transfer the skills gained to additional local recipients. The expert stands to gain recognition and certification through KTP and will help contribute toward the production of a publication, report or possible intellectual property arising from the project.

The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative aims to improve the health of African populations by facilitating a contemporary research approach to the study of genomics and environmental determinants of common diseases. The H3Africa Bioinformatics Network (H3ABioNet) is the H3Africa component aimed at building Bioinformatics capacity in Africa.

 Eligibility The H3Africa initiative is open to collaborative opportunities for researchers from both Africa and abroad.
 Target Group  African researchers working in the field of genomics.
 Duration  Funding dependent.
 Deliverables
H3Africa aims to create and support an African network of laboratories that will be equipped to apply cutting-edge research to the study of the complex interplay between environmental and genetic factors that determine disease susceptibility and drug responses in African populations..

Overview

The CPGR is one of the South African nodes for the H3BioNet project, the Pan African Bioinformatics network for Human Heredity and Health in Africa (www.h3arfrica.org). H3ABioNet consists of partners from over thirty institutions in approximately twenty African countries and other countries abroad. For a complete list of partners and consortium members visit www.h3abionet.org. H3ABioNet has four main components. These are user support, computational infrastructure development, training and capacity development, research and tool development, and outreach and communication. H3Africa aims to improve the health of African populations by facilitating a contemporary research approach to the study of genomics and environmental determinants of common diseases. This is to be achieved through developing the necessary expertise among African scientists and establishing networks of African investigators.

REGISTRATION DETAILS

For further detail related to the H3Africa initiative, please visit www.h3abionet.org

TRAINING DELIVERABLES

H3Africa aims to create and support an African network of laboratories that will be equipped to apply cutting-edge research to the study of the complex interplay between environmental and genetic factors that determine disease susceptibility and drug responses in African populations.

The objective of the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) Professional Development program (PDP) is to provide Doctoral candidates and Postdoctoral fellows with an opportunity to further develop their research capabilities and  gain research experience in the fields of science and technology. The program aims to attract and retain young scientists and professionals involved in basic and applied research so as to promote innovation.

 Eligibility South African citizens and permanent residents.
 Target Group Doctoral candidates and Postdoctoral fellows who have obtained a PhD within the past five years.
 Duration 36 months.
 Deliverables
The program will provide Doctoral candidates and Postdoctoral fellows with an opportunity to increase their experience in a research facility, so as to improve their employment prospects in the fields of science and technology.

Overview

The PDP targets young South African researchers conducting research in Science Councils and National Facilities. The program is designed to help accelerate the development of scientists and researchers who can contribute to South Africa’s innovation platforms. Both Doctoral candidates and Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply for the program with the goal of increasing their experience in a research facility and in this way improve their prospects of employment. The PDP also aims to attract and retain young scientists and professionals, of the highest calibre, who can complement senior researcher’s current efforts in the science and technology system.

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Doctoral candidates and Postdoctoral fellows wishing to take part in the PDP can contact the CPGR with regards to specific project details and the NRF application process. If successful with an application, the candidate will be employed by the CPGR on a three year contract for the duration of the award.

TRAINING DELIVERABLES

The NRF program will provide Doctoral candidates and Postdoctoral fellows with an opportunity to increase their experience in a research facility, so as to improve their employment prospects in the fields of science and technology.