Durban University of Technology (DUT) receives 2018 NRF Excelleration Award

December, 2018

DUT recognised for research excellence in South Africa

Derived from the words “excellence” and “acceleration”, the NRF Excelleration Award acknowledges South African research institutions for achieving the most improved research performance over recent years, measured against a selection of critical indicators. This year, Clarivate Analytics was delighted to show support of this initiative and the acceleration of innovation in Africa by sponsoring and presenting this unique award to Durban University of Technology (DUT), at an exclusive prize handover on 21st November 2018 in Durban.

The Clarivate Analytics prize includes a complimentary subscription for twelve months to the full Derwent experience including Derwent Innovation, a proprietary patent research application that provides access to globally trusted, curated patent intelligence and scientific literature.

Clarivate Analytics representatives included Justine Cresswell (Head of Sub-Saharan Africa), Zulfaqar Dudhia (Intellectual Property Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa), Tracey October (Regional Manager for Southern Africa), Randall Crisp (Life Sciences Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa), as well as the Durban University of Technology (DUT), represented by Deputy Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Sibusiso Moyo,


DUT and Derwent: Driving innovative applied research

At DUT, several forces drive innovation throughout the research lifecycle, and central to this theme is Derwent and its suite of enhanced patent data and other tools. Researchers and information specialists at DUT will be looking into patent literature to boost creativity and foster new idea development through to novel research proposals. With an increasing wealth of ideas in the minds of students and researchers, a simple and standardized library of patents presents an opportunity to do research differently from the start, with a goal of inventing something new. Technical information that is usually missed when only searching scientific journals will boost innovation potential and the chances of getting ownership of intellectual property (IP) rights, even realizing commercial value of the research outputs. Many of the immense challenges of going into the commercial phase of IP (patents) will be eased thanks to intelligence and analytics from Derwent Innovation. Now armed with a visionary strategy, from idea to proposal and then to project, combined with the tools and data from Derwent, DUT aims to be a disrupter.


Accelerating excellence

The annual National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards recognize and celebrate South African research excellence. The award presented to researchers are in two categories: ratings linked awards and special recognition awards. The rating linked awards are given to those who have qualified for an A or P rating, as evaluated through the peer-review-based NRF rating system. The special recognition awards provide a platform to honor researchers for career achievements and contributions to knowledge creation and dissemination, as well as capacity development and transformation.

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