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NMMU ENGAGEMENT ADVANCEMENT FUND (EAF)

Funds are made available on an annual basis for engagement projects and initiatives that are of strategic value to the NMMU 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 2017 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 2017 funding close on Friday 24 February 2017

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 NMMU values.
  2. Initiatives that give effect to the NMMU engagement conceptual framework and meet the NMMU engagement excellence award criteria.
  3. Initiatives that support and make a valued contribution to the three core functions of the NMMU (Research, Teaching and Learning and Engagement).
  4. Initiatives that deliver exceptional results and that have considerable impact for the beneficiaries and the NMMU.
  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 NMMU 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 NMMU 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 2017) 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 2018, 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 NMMU 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 Manager, Engagement Office): Belinda.duplooy@nmmu.ac.za

no later than 24 February 2017

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 2017:

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

 

Recipients of EAF grants in 2016:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipients of EAF grants in 2015:

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

 

Recipients of EAF grants in 2014:

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

 

2015 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 NMMU Colloquium, August 2015

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

 

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

 

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

 

2015 NMMU 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 NMMU 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, NMMU's 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 NMMU Racing Project: DibaTwo (Project Leader: Mr Trevor Stroud, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

2014 NMMU 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 NMMU (Project Leader: Mr Karl du Preez, Mechanical Engineering, AMTC)

2014 Shell Eco-Car Marathon: Swiss Federal Councillor and Swiss Business Delegation visit to NMMU (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