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ENGAGEMENT ADVANCEMENT FUND (EAF)

Funds are made available on an annual basis for engagement projects and initiatives that are of strategic value to Nelson Mandela University and that are currently not directly funded via teaching and learning and research funding sources.

Innovative projects and initiatives that contribute towards the teaching and learning, research and service functions of the university receive preference.  Marketing initiatives will not be considered.

The fund has as its objective to provide seed/supplementary funding for specific projects and activities that comply with specific criteria, thereby acknowledging their institutional importance as well as to promote further development and sustainability of these projects.

The fund therefore provides project funding for the establishing and developing of new engagement initiatives and for expanding and sustaining existing engagement initiatives.

In 2020 funding provision will be capped at no more than R50 000 max per application, but final allocations will depend on the availability of funding, the adherence to funding criteria and the realistic potential of deliverable outcomes.

Applications for 2020 funding close on 14 February 2020

Project Funding Criteria

The following criteria will be considered by a selection committee:

  1. Initiatives that are clearly defined and have specific and measurable outcomes that contribute towards the realization of Vision 2020 and institutional values.
  2. Initiatives that give effect to the Nelson Mandela University engagement conceptual framework and meet the institutional engagement excellence award criteria.
  3. Initiatives that support and make a valued contribution to the three core functions of the university (Research, Teaching and Learning and Engagement).
  4. Initiatives that deliver exceptional results and that have considerable impact for the beneficiaries and the university.
  5. Initiatives that foster innovation in an exceptional manner.
  6. Initiatives that have advanced monitoring, evaluation, reporting and quality assurance measures.
  7. Initiatives with a proven and traceable record of the promotion of the image of the university as an engaged institution.
  8. Initiatives that promote an interdisciplinary approach to building partnerships between the university and its external communities.
  9. Project outcomes will be assessed in terms of the following criteria:
  10. Significance (Are outcomes likely to impact widely internally and externally?)
  11. Sustainability (Are outcomes likely to last well beyond the funding period?)
  12. Immediacy (Are the outcomes likely to have an impact sooner rather than later?)

Funding Conditions

Successful applications will be funded on the basis of a specific budget request in the application. Allocations per project will be based on the following conditions:

  1. The scope of institutional support will be reviewed on an annual basis.
  2. The project needs to be supported by the faculty/department or division.
  3. The applicant’s previous success in sourcing external funds for implementing engagement projects with external communities and stakeholders.
  4. The project has to be registered on the Nelson Mandela University Engagement Management Information System
  5. Funds will have to be sourced from elsewhere (faculty funds or third stream) to sustain expenses in subsequent years (after 2020) if the application is for an ongoing project.
  6. Parallel efforts by applicants to raise “new money” for the project must continue and faculties should budget for these expenses in future as part of teaching and learning and research.
  7. Funds will not be allocated to projects that are known to be carrying substantial reserves.
  8. Priority will be given to programmes and projects falling within the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality with the target beneficiaries being underserviced and disadvantaged communities.
  9. The funding is to be used for project running costs (no bursaries or capital equipment). A detailed budget should be provided indicating what the money will be spent on.
  10. A project report will be required in the first term of 2021, providing evidence of expenditure and progress made towards meeting the aims and objectives of the project plan.
  11. Funds that remain unspent or unreported after any 12 month funding cycle will be returned to the fund.

Eligibility

All permanent academic and PASS staff members will be eligible to apply for funding. Staff on 2 to 3 year contracts with the university will also be considered.  Student projects will not be considered.

Application Process

Application forms and required documentation must be submitted to

Dr Belinda du Plooy (Engagement Office):

Belinda.duplooy@mandela.ac.za no later than 14 February 2020

The application form can be downloaded from the EAF web site – EAF Grant Funding Application Form For Current Year Document B

Applicants are required to provide details on how the project meets the specified project funding criteria as well as a budget. Each application will be reviewed by a Review Committee. Applicants could be invited to personally present/defend their application to the Review Committee should this be required for purposes of clarification.

Project Report

All successful applicants will be expected to submit a satisfactory progress report at the end of each 12 month funding cycle to indicate the achievement of project objectives and outputs. The Engagement Office will call for these projects 2-3 months before the end of the funding cycle. The full grant amount for each funding cycle can be claimed back from the grant recipient account if a project progress report is not submitted at the end of the 12th month of the funding cycle and at the end of the project.

Recipients of EAF grants in 2018:

Title Name Surname Dept Project Title
Dr Richard Betz Chemistry SUNCOI-Satellite 
Dr Deidre Geduld SITE Community Engaged Learning for Social Justice Using a PALAR lens
Mr Johan Jordaan Agricultural Management Assessment of Land Reform Farms
Mr Msimelelo  Nkohla SERE Bridging Theory and Practice: TVET Collaboration
Mr Andrew Palframan Architecture Pinnacle Point Information Centre  Architecture Student Concept Design Competition
Dr Brenda Scholtz Computing Sciences DigiHub Finishing School
Ms Karen Snyman Student Affairs UNAKO Student Chapter
Prof  Darelle Van Greunen IT Learn to Code
 Dr  Kathija  Yassim   SERE  Our Healing Stories
Dr  Belinda Du Plooy Engagement Office Hope In The Heart UK-SA North-South Collaboration Compassion-based project
Dr  Eileen Scheckle SERE  Masikulisane Reading Project 
Dr  Jennifer Jansen Psychology 7 P Project: Missionvale 
Dr  Magda Minguzzi Architecture The Way of Water
Dr  Suzette  Du Randt Nursing and Clinical Care Fairview Community

 

Recipients of EAF grants in 2017:

Title Name Surname Project Title Dept
         
Mr  Michael Barry Arts & Culture Drama Programme Arts & Culture
Ms Mary Duker Art Meets Science Meets Place SoMAD
Dr Amanda Werner Pay-it-Forward Community Outreach Initiative Human Resource Management
Dr Belinda Du Plooy Hope In The Heart UK-SA North-South Collaboration Compassion-based project Engagement Office
Ms Shanene Olivera Zanempilo (Mobile Clinic) - Training the Trainers: A Community Health Care Initiative Clinical Care
Dr Eileen Scheckle  Masikulisane Reading Project  SITE
Mr Gareth Williams Sound of Learning (SOUL) Project Music
Dr Jennifer  Jansen  7P Project Missionvale Psychology Clinic
Dr Timothy  Pittaway  Small Scale Vegetable Production Tech Transfer Agriculture
Prof  Gerrit  Crafford  JBCC Principal Building Agreement Case Study Competition Quantity Surveying
Ms Gail  Halforty  Soccer Charity Cup  Human Movement Science 
Dr Magda  Minguzzi  The Way of Water  Architecture 
Ms Karen  Snyman  Enactus  Student Life 
Prof  Margaret Cullen Business School Women's Forum Business School
 Ms  Debbie Mattheus Strengthening Community Capacity to Reduce Crime  Community Development Unit 
 Dr  Suzette  Du Rand  Fairview Community - Interprofessional Support  IPE 
 Prof   Darelle  Van Greunen  Project Phuhlisa   CCT 

Recipients of EAF grants in 2016:

Project Title Title Name Surname Dept
Arts & Culture Drama Programme Mr  Michael Barry Arts & Culture
Shell Eco Car Marathon Mr Clive Hands Mechanical Engineering
Heritage and Cultural Centre: George Campus Mr Martin Loubser George Campus Operations
Science to Schools Outreach  Dr Gletwyn Rubidge Chemistry
Baja Bug Mr Trevor Stroud Mechanical Engineering
Pay-it-Forward Community Outreach Initiative Dr Amanda Werner Human Resource Management
The Alodia Afrika Design Office Mr Nii Botchway Art & Design
HIV Adolescent Empowerment Project Dr Rosemary Chimbala-Kalenga HIV/AIDS Unit
Monitoring Peer Helper Engagement Through Innovative Technology Ms & Ms Marina & Fareedah De Jager & Sauls Student Counselling
Hope In The Heart UK-SA North-South Collaboration Compassion-based project Dr Belinda Du Plooy Engagement Office 
67 Hours Volunteer Service Ms Kim-Marie Elliott Student Affairs 
Mobilizing Stakeholders for Collaborative Management of Invasive Alien Plants in the Garden Route  Prof Christo Fabricius Sustainability Research Unit
Ubomi Obutsha Growth Monitoring Site Ms Phumeza Mkontwana Lifestyle Sciences
 Masikulisane Reading Project  Dr Eileen Scheckle SITE
e-Skills Development in Low Income Areas Prof  Darelle Van Greunen Information Technology
Rape Crisis Intervention Project Mr Kempie Van Rooyen Psychology
Sound of Learning (SOUL) Project Mr Gareth Williams Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipients of EAF grants in 2015:

Project Title Project Leader Department
Arts & Culture Drama Programme Mr Michael Barry Arts & Culture
George Campus Open Day Sport Clinics/Competitions Mr Petrus Boukes Madibaz Sport
Art Meets Science Meets Place Prof Richard Cowling & Ms Mary Duker Botany & Arts
Shell Eco Car Marathon Mr Karl Du Preez Mechanical Engineering
Polymer Science and Technology Engagement Outreach: Linking Industry and Learners Mr Fanus Gerber Chemistry
Grysbok Environmental Education Trail Prof Graham Kerley Zoology CAEC
Lego Robotics Mr Ronald Leppan ITC
Heritage and Cultural Centre: George Campus Mr Martin Loubser Operations George Campus
Drive To Success Interactive Game Dr Ann Lourens Industrial Engineering
Racing: DIbaE Electric Race Car Mr Bryndan Roberts Mechanical Engineering
Science to Schools Outreach  Dr Gletwyn Rubidge Chemistry
Alternatives to Violence National Network Prof Lyn Snodgrass Politics & Conflict Management
Baja Bug Mr Trevor Stroud Mechanical Engineering
Online Continuing Education Programme for Mental Health Professionals Prof Louise Stroud Psychology
Cyber Safety Calendar Competition  Prof Johan Van Niekerk IT
Pay-it-Forward Community Outreach Initiative Dr Amanda Werner Human Resources Management

Recipients of EAF grants in 2014:

Project Dept/Unit
Bambanani Mental Health Project Psychology
Ms Lisa Currin
Shell Eco Car Marathon Mechanical Engineering
Mr Karl du Preez
Eskom Expo for Young Scientists SERE
Ms Marilyn Gibbs
Mobile Clinical Laboratory Clinical Care Studies
Prof Esmeralda Ricks
Science to Schools Outreach Chemistry
Dr Gletwyn Rubidge
Racing Project Mechanical Engineering
Mr Trevor Stroud
Mobile Community Health Learning Space ITC
Prof Darelle van Greunen
Cyber Safety Calendar Competition ITC
Prof Johan van Niekerk
Science Discovery Week Dean's Office
Prof Andrew Leitch

 

EAF Projects:

 

2015 Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP): Prof Lyn Snodgrass and Ms Shena Lamb-Du Plessis (Political and Conflict Management)

Below: AVP facilitators at the Colloquium, August 2015

Below: AVP workshop for PE local community leaders, South End Museum, November 2015

 

2015 Arts & Culture Drama Programme: Mr Michael Barry (Arts & Culture)

 

2015 George Campus Open Day Sport Clinics and Competitions: Mr Petrus Boukes and Mr Riaan Osman (Madibaz Sport)

 

2015 Baja Bug Project: Mr Trevor Stroud (Mechanical Engineering)

 

2015 Pay-it-Forward Project: Ms Bridget de Villiers and Dr Amanda Werner (Human Resource Management)

 

2015 Lego Robotics: Mr Ronald Leppan (Applied Informatics)

Below: 2015 First Lego League Regional Championships

Below: 2015 First Lego League Open Africa Championships

 

2015 Mobile Community Health Learning Space Project: Prof Darelle van Greunen (Information Technology and Communication)

 

2015 Racing DibaE Electric Race Car: Mr Bryndan Roberts (Engineering)

 

2015 Cyber Safety Calendar Competition: Prof Johan van Niekerk (Centre for Research in Information and Cyber Security)

Below: Cyber Sid and Cyber Sindi, the cyber safety mascots

 

2015 Arts meets Science meets Place Project: Ms Mary Duker and Prof Richard Cowling (School of Music, Art and Design & Botany)

 

2015 George Campus Heritage and Culture Centre Project: Mr Martin Loubser (George Campus)

Below: Pampoenkraal Homestead, George Campus, where the Centre will be housed

 

2015 Bambanani Mental Health Project: Ms Lisa Currin (Psychology)

Below: Equine therapy

 

2015 Science to Schools Outreach Project: Dr Gletwyn Rubidge (Chemistry)

 

2015 Polymer Sciences and Technology Engagement Outreach: Mr Fanus Gerber (Chemistry)

 

2015 Mobile Clinical Laboratory Project: Prof Esmeralda Ricks (Clinical Care Studies)

 

2015 Online Continuing Education Programme: Prof Louise Stroud and Dr Ruth Stewart (below) (Psychology)

 

2014 EAF Projects:

2014 Science to Schools Outreach: Dr Gletwyn Rubidge (Department of Chemistry)

2014 Science to Schools Outreach: Dr Gletwyn Rubidge (Department of Chemistry)

 

2014 Racing Project: DibaTwo (Project Leader: Mr Trevor Stroud, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

2014 Racing Project: Sasol Mini Baja Bug Competition Team (Project Leader: Mr Trevor Stroud, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

 

2014 Cyber Safety Calendar Competition: Prof Johan van Niekerk (Project Leader, Department of Information Technology), Prof Kerry-Lynne Thomson and Prof Rossouw von Solms at the 2014 Cyber Safety Teacher’s Workshop

 

2014 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists judges at work (Project Leader: Ms Marilyn Gibbs, Faculty of Education)

2014 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists winners (Project Leader: Ms Marilyn Gibbs, Faculty of Education)

 

2014 Shell Eco-Car Marathon: Swiss Federal Councillor and Swiss Business Delegation visit to the university (Project Leader: Mr Karl du Preez, Mechanical Engineering, AMTC)

2014 Shell Eco-Car Marathon: Swiss Federal Councillor and Swiss Business Delegation visit to the university (Project Leader: Mr Karl du Preez, Mechanical Engineering, AMTC)

 

2014 Mobile Community Health Learning Space Project: Nelson Mandela Day Outreach at the FamHealth Medipark in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth (Project Leader: Prof Darelle van Greunen, Department of Information Technology)

2014 Mobile Community Health Learning Space Project: Nelson Mandela Day Outreach at the FamHealth Medipark in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth (Project Leader: Prof Darelle van Greunen, Department of Information Technology)

 

2014 Science Discovery Week: Dr Tim Pittaway (Department of Agriculture and Game Management) at one of the plenary sessions (Project Leader: Prof Andrew Leitch, Faculty of Science)

2014 Science Discovery Week: Eric Bashman, Harold Marchand and Dr Benita Barton at the Chemistry Unplugged plenary session (Project Leader: Prof Andrew Leitch, Faculty of Science)

The 300 learners who attended the 2014 Science Discovery Week (Project Leader: Prof Andrew Leitch, Faculty of Science)

 

2014 Mobile Clinical Laboratory (Project Leader: Prof Esmeralda Ricks, Department of Clinical Care Studies, Nursing Science)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Mobile Clinical Laboratory (Project Leader: Prof Esmeralda Ricks, Department of Clinical Care Studies, Nursing Science)

 

2014 Bambanani Mental Health Project (Project Leader: Ms Lisa Currin, Department of Psychology): Equine therapy

2014 Bambanani Mental Health Project (Project Leader: Ms Lisa Currin, Department of Psychology): Teaching children in Missionvale about preventative behaviours

2014 Bambanani Mental Health Project (Project Leader: Ms Lisa Currin, Department of Psychology): Upcycling – educational toys created by pensioners in the Missionvale community.

2014 Bambanani Mental Health Project (Project Leader: Ms Lisa Currin): Children of Missionvale eagerly awaiting a puppet show