Research needs time, money and enabling conditions in order to flourish and the Department of Research and Innovation at UCT plays a key role in making sure that UCT’s researchers have all three of these elements. From supporting young researchers who are just starting out, to authorising and negotiating high-end research contracts entered into with a wide variety of funders, the Department carries a mandate to be an enabler, administrator and strategic guide for research at the institution. UCT’s research covers a wide spectrum of needs and experience and the Department of Research and Innovation implements its mandate via three niche structures to cater to these divergent requirements: the Research Office, the Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office, and the Research Contracts and Intellectual Property Services Office. These three units work together to transfer skills, build research capacity, and strengthen collaborative networks in South Africa and Africa, among other things. What follows is a brief introduction to their roles. 

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