The aim of the Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD) Directorate is to develop institutional research capabilities and infrastructure in parallel with the appropriate human capital to drive the research and development strategies within the National System of Innovation (NSI). The HICD directorate manages a number of student and graduate support programmes. Efforts are made to ensure that Honours, Master’s and Doctoral students and Postdoctoral research fellows extend their learning and research training.
To this end, the Student and Postdoctoral Support programme manages the implementation of strategic projects, bursaries, scholarships and fellowships with the aim of developing and increasing skilled human resources in scarce skills areas, in line with the NRF Vision 2015.
An internship programme, supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), in turn provides unemployed graduates with experiential learning and an opportunity to enhance workplace competencies by participating in research and other training opportunities at various host institutions.