2020 Research Grants are now open!

Applications are now open.

SASPEN is happy to announce that the application process for the 2020 Research Grants are now open. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and that all information regarding nutritional management is international based, ENASA and SASPEN would like to promote research on COVID-19 in a South African context.

The aim of this research grant is to encourage further studies in the field of disease-related malnutrition and to establish the role on enteral feeding in diseases related malnutrition. And in light of the COVID-19 pandemic preference will thus be given to research in these fields in the context of COVID-19. Non-COVID-19 research applications are still welcome though.

SASPEN invites all potential candidates to apply for the research grants to the total value of R 60 000. This amount can either be awarded in full to one applicant or can be divided between a number of applicants.

Applicants must be fully paid-up members of SASPEN.


General conditions

The Research Grant will be awarded to the total amount of R60 000 only, to support either 1 research project or more than one, depending on the type and number of applications received. As part of a structured research project conducted by a host institution (the host institution may be any accredited Research Council, Research Unit or University in South Africa).

The payment will be a once-off payment. Should the project take more than 1 year to complete, or should the cost exceed the sponsored amount, there are no guaranteed plans to provide additional funding however the researcher(s) may apply and motivate for additional funding. Industry grants may be accepted to cover any shortfall only with the written approval of SASPEN.

The principal researcher must be, at the time of application, be residing in South Africa and the research must be conducted in South Africa.

The topic of the research project need to be on a topic related to the role of enteral nutrition in disease-related malnutrition and this year preference will be given to research in these fields conducted in the context of COVID-19.


The host institution(s) must accept accountability for the grant and must ensure the validity, correctness and completeness of all information submitted. In case of the grant being used to complete or obtain a post-graduate degree, an appropriate supervisor must be identified by the institution and has to accept responsibility for the supervision of the student researcher.


The highest ethical and safety standards when conducting research must be maintained, particularly when human and/or animal subjects are involved. It remains the sole responsibility of the grant holder to comply with all relevant regulations in this respect, specifically those laid down by the Ethics Committee of the host institution(s).


Data generated from this research project(s) must become available to other researchers working in the same field, at no access cost. Therefore, it is important that the data is provided to domain specific databases of SASPEN who will ensure that data can be openly accessed.


This grant must be used in compliance with all South African and international laws, and the research outputs must be used entirely for lawful purposes. Funds must be used exclusively for the approved research proposal(s).

Grants must be administered according to the financial policies of the host institution(s). It is the responsibility of the institution to meet the requirements of current tax legislation.


The grant is not transferable. Should the researcher(s) become unfit to finish the research project, SASPEN must be informed. The host institution(s) can propose alternate arrangements for the continuation of the project under new leadership. Transfer will be approved if SASPEN is satisfied that the project will continue at the same level.


Written approval from SASPEN must be obtained if there are significant changes to the objectives of the initial proposal(s) approved and funded.


This grant is made possible by ENASA, therefore the researcher(s) must assure that ENASA is acknowledged in any publication (including world wide web pages) of any material based on or developed under this grant.


A grant holder is responsible for ensuring that the following disclaimer is included in any publication:

“Any opinion, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and therefore ENASA does not accept any liability in regard thereto.”


SASPEN and ENASA may require documentation related to expenditure and financial audits may occasionally be required.


Equipment purchased with the grant will remain the property of ENASA.


The researcher(s) will be required to submit quarterly reports to SASPEN committee on research progress. At conclusion of the project, a final consolidated report (including the findings and recommendations) and a final financial report is required.

ENASA also requires the researcher(s) to share any published articles resulting from the research conducted with ENASA.


If the grant holder or the institution is in breach of any of the above terms and conditions, SASPEN will be entitled without any further notification, to cancel this agreement with immediate effect and consider all grant monies paid out plus interest and legal costs immediately due and payable.


Each research proposal will be assessed on:

  • Understanding of the topic “Disease related malnutrition”
  • Scientific merit
  • Design and methods
  • Project achievability
  • Ethical clearance of project (or at least evidence of ethical approval submission to an ethics committee)*
  • Expertise & track record of research team.


All applications should be submitted to: saspenservices@vdw.co.za by 13 September 2020 midnight.

Please include the following:

  • Research protocol, including budget
  • CV of primary investigator
  • Proof of ethical approval of project / or ethical approval application*

* Please note that a project that has been submitted to an ethical committee for approval but where no approval has been received will be considered, and if successful in the research grant application, will only be awarded funding subject to obtaining ethical approval.

If no approval is obtained within 1 month of the closing date for submission (thus by 13 September 2020 midnight), the funding will be withdrawn and awarded to another project.