The South African Medical Research Council is pleased to notify you of the opening of the 2022 Request for Applications for Self-initiated Research Grants. The Closing Date for submission of applications is 30 June 2022.

The SAMRC’s Self-initiated Research (SIR) Grants Programme is designed to support original research initiated by a researcher at a recognized research institution in selected areas of health. SIR grants are in the amount of up to R200 000 per year for a maximum period of three years. These funds provide support for research expenses and it is expected that researchers/ applicants already have in place the necessary equipment and facilities required for the proposed research. Applications are invited in two different categories as follows:
1.) early-career researchers and
2.) mid-level and established researchers.

In keeping with the SAMRC’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this call will be confined to COVID-related research. Applications with a strong focus on COVID-19 are therefore invited from all health-related disciplines and research types, including, for example, basic laboratory science, social science, clinical research, etc.

Please see the attached RFA documents and follow this link for more details:


Grant Approval form SIR

SIR Proposal Template 2022

Call for applications SIR-2022