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Research Support helps link Wits researchers with public and private sector partners.
Wits Enterprise's Research Support Unit acts as an easily accessible one-stop channel that links the University of the Witwatersrand , Johannesburg (Wits)'s academics/researchers with the external social and economic world, contributing to the sustainable long-term future of the University through income generation and value creation. The Unit enables Wits' researchers to apply their wealth of intellectual capital and knowledge to provide successful solutions to their clients' needs.

The Research Support Unit has specialist full-time staff, who are experienced scientists and engineers, coupled with an efficient administrative support base providing a unique platform built on sound project management principles to ensure effective contract management and meeting deliverables on time and within budget. The Unit has access to the full spectrum of Wits academics in various disciplines, ranging from Science and Engineering to Law and Social Sciences.

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Funders that we have worked with in recent years
A number of projects have been secured, implemented and managed by Wits Enterprise across a variety of Wits faculties and schools. These projects were funded by various national and international companies, industry, government organisations, etc. The funders that Wits Enterprise has worked with include, to mention but a few:
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Did you know that you can complement your normal academic work (and income) by engaging in contract research and consulting work funded by industry, government agencies, and other donors? Contract research and consulting work are charged at market-related rates enhancing your earning potential and that of the University on what can be relatively quick turnover projects.

The Wits Enterprise Research Support Unit helps you source and manage research and consulting services, so that you and the University derive maximum benefit from these activities while ensuring adherence to relevant University policies and Government legislations, mitigating risk and increasing efficiency.
Services currently offered by the Research Support Unit.
  • Review of proposals
  • Budget development
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of contracts
  • Coordination of contractual project deliverables
  • Receipt and disbursement of funds (including foreign currencies)
  • Coordination of client engagement
  • Multi-party project admin
  • Ad hoc contracting of contractors for project
  • Ad hoc contracting of consultants / other 3rd parties
  • Procurement and processing of project expenses
  • Secretarial services (e.g. travel and meeting arrangements)
  • Financial reporting
  • Payment of levies to University in accordance with policies

The fee that Wits Enterprise charges is dependent on what services are required and the associated transaction/admin load. This fee typically comes out of the University's indirect cost recovery levy (CORY) and therefore, on typical Wits led projects, has no impact on the overall project budget.
Preferred Channel Manager.
We are the University's preferred channel for contracting and managing external funding from:
  • Industry (e.g. Anglo, Eskom)
  • Government Departments (e.g. DPME)
  • Technology Innovation Agency
  • Horizon 2020

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Are you looking for cutting-edge research or expertise in a specific field? Wits Enterprise provides an easily accessible one-stop unit that will help link you with world-class researchers in:
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    Public Service
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    Information Communication Technology
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    Monitoring & Evaluation
The University of the Witwatersrand is a research-intensive University, with an impressive and continuously evolving research output portfolio driven towards attaining the highest levels of excellence. It is the only South African university that features in the top 1% in the world in seven defined fields of research according to the 2007 ISI international rankings.
Analytical services
Wits Enterprise acts as an easily accessible one-stop channel that links Wits academics from various disciplines (Engineering, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, etc.) with external stakeholders (commercial and government customers) to help them with their Analytical Services projects. Some of the tests that Wits academics conduct include (please note that the list is not exhaustive):
TSL Tests

Thin Spray-on Liner Tests - Mining Engineering

Rock Testing

Rock Testing - Mining Engineering

Heterogeneity Testing

Heterogeneity Testing (HT) - Mining Engineering

Sponcon Index Determination

Determination of Sponcon Index in Combustion of Coal Samples - Mining Engineering

XRD Scans

XRD scans of Cementitious and related material - Chemistry

Wear Testing

Wear Testing - School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

Corrosion Analysis

Corrosion Analysis - Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering


 Petrography - Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering  

PBS Analysis

Commercial Vehicle Performance Based Standards (PBS) Analysis - Mechanical, Industrial & Aeronautical Engineering

For Quotes, please contact the Wits Enterprise Research Business Development Managers at: Pamisha.Pillay@wits.ac.za / +27117179182 or Tendani.Nevondo@wits.ac.za / +27117174594. Click here for Wits Enterprise standard Terms & Conditions for the Supply of Services.
The Research Support Unit at Wits Enterprise would like to introduce you to some of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits)'s academics who are recognised by their peers as leading/established researchers in their fields:
    Luci Abrahams
    Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
    Nosipho Moloto
    Faculty of Science
    Pamela Andanda
    Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management
    Bruce Mellado
    Faculty of Science
    Viness Pillay
    Faculty of Health Sciences
Wits Enterprise is responsible for assisting these researchers, and other Wits academics, connect with commercial and government customers, enabling them to apply their wealth of intellectual capital and knowledge to the benefit of South Africa, the African continent and the world at large. The Enterprise has full access to the full spectrum of Wits academics (well over 1,000). The University has five Faculties including:
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    Commerce Law and Management
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    Engineering and the Built Environment
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    Health Sciences
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Should you be interested in collaborating with any of these experts or additional information on any of the other experts and services offered at Wits please contact one of the Wits Enterprise Research Business Development Managers at Tendani.Nevondo@wits.ac.za or Pamisha.Pillay@wits.ac.za.
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Latest Calls for Funding.

The National Evaluation system, led by DPME, aims to improve the performance of government policies and programmes, increase the accountability of government, improve decision-making as well as to establish a body of knowledge on what works and what works less well and why. DPME commissions about 10-15 evaluations a year of major and strategic government programmes and policies. 

In 2015 Wits Enterprise was appointed as a member of the DPME’s panel of service providers for both Evaluation and Research. This allows the University to access calls and channel proposals through a central unit and ensures that the DPME and other relevant government departments are accessing the wide skills base available at the University.

Once the evaluation reports have been endorsed by Cabinet, service providers and departments are able to publish based on the results. Both the evaluation and research assignments provide a clear demand for research products, which can not only be used for publications, but also have the opportunity to feed into the policy-making process.  

For more information and a list of upcoming calls for 2015/16, please contact Pamisha Pillay at Pamisha.Pillay@wits.ac.za


The Wits Seed Fund is managed by the Technology Transfer office of the University, located in Wits Enterprise. Funding for this initiative is provided by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). The fund is aimed at supporting and progressing the development and commercialisation of technology created in the university, by funding the development of prototypes, market analysis and testing, etc. For more information, please click here or contact Ms Tshembani Khupane at tshembani.khupane@wits.ac.za or 011 717 4595.


The National Research Foundation (NRF) is as an independent government agency, established through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998). The mandate of the NRF is to promote and support research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge. Find out more about the NRF here.

For funding opportunities within the NRF please click here.


THRIP is a DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) funded Programme that is managed by the NRF and aimed at promoting collaborations between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) or Science, Engineering and Technology Institutions (SETIs) and Industry to increase South African competitiveness. THRIP co-invests in any Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Industry funded HEI and SETI projects conducting Research and Development (R&D) activities, with participation of final year and/or postgraduate students, which will lead to technology transfers and products or processes development. Find out more here.

2015 Call for Proposals (for 2016 Projects): Click here for NRF (THRIP) letter


Horizon 2020 is the new European Union (EU) Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, running from 2014 to 2020 (with a budget of nearly €80 billion available over 7 the years ), through different (time linked) thematic “competitive” calls for proposals. Find out more here.

Calls for Project Proposals: Click here

Please feel free to contact Wits Enterprise at Tendani.Nevondo@wits.ac.za or Pamisha.Pillay@wits.ac.za for proposal development assistance.

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    Tendani Nevondo
    Research Support Business Development Manager
    Barbara Herweg
    Research Support Project Coordinator
    Neo Molefe
    Research Support Project Coordinator
    Reward Matanhire
    Research Support Project Coordinator

    Pamisha Pillay
    Director: Research Support
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Telephone:011 717 9370
Fax:011 717 9375
Physical address:92 Empire Road, Braamfontein, 2001
Postal address:PO Box 514, Wits, 2050
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