Research Funding

Research survey

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Click here to download the proposal for application for research funding form Proposal Deadline
To be stated for each year’s application- probably by 1 September to give time for adjudication and be awarded by about 31 October, in time for planning of research in the following year.

Program Background and Objective

SASLHA is exploring new opportunities to support research into communication disorders in the South African context that will advance the scientific and evidence based practice to address the practice challenges in our professions. SASLHA is pleased to announce the launching of a new research funding programme.

The programme will allow academics, scientists and practitioners in South Africa to apply annually for funds in support of research and capacity-building activities. Areas of research in which SASLHA has strong interests include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Translated standardised tests
  • Research advancing practice with Black, African first language speakers
  • Communication disorder service delivery to rural communities
  • The professions role in Education
  • The professions role in Health
When writing their proposals, applicants should consider and motivate how their research will contribute to SASLHA’s and South Africa’s development objectives. Pending the availability of funds and the receipt of meritorious proposals, the funding will be awarded to projects related to the SASLHA areas of interest specified above.

Examples of the types of activities that may be funded include education and training; technology dissemination; application and adaptation of new technologies; support for students, postdoctoral associates, and researchers; international travel; communications; supplies for research and international workshops.

Eligibility Information

Principal investigators (PIs) submitting proposals to SASLHA must be SASLHA members and South African citizens practicing in South Africa.

Award Information

Awards are anticipated to be R10 000 per year.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of experts in the relevant discipline to be convened by the SASLHA National Council. Proposals will be evaluated primarily on developmental impacts, including the following:
  • Relevance to SASLHA’s global and country-specific programme goals (see website)
  • Principal Investigator’s ability to achieve proposed project goals
  • Strength of the collaboration and potential for continued interaction after the proposed project ends
  • Number and type of developing scientists involved (for example, students, postdoctoral and other beginning researchers, and/or female, handicapped, previously disadvantaged participants)
  • Potential to build sustained capacity at the applicant’s institution (for example, through acquisition of new equipment, development of new courses, or capacity building of research personnel and students)
  • Prospect for broader development impacts by accelerating progress towards innovative solutions to global development challenges
  • Cost-effectiveness of proposed budget
  • Administrative and financial management capabilities of the applicant’s institution
  • Research conducted by clinical practitioners e.g. non-University researchers, research for non-degree purposes