Durban - UKZN's youngest Professor Tricia Naicker has been awarded the 2018 NRF Research Excellence Award for Early Career and Emerging Researcher in South Africa.
Since the inception of this category in 2011, it is the first time a UKZN recipient has been recognised, the university said in a statement this week.
The award acknowledges outstanding research excellence by current Thuthuka grantholders.
The Thuthuka funding instrument is central to the NRF’s Human Capital Development strategy in as far as it relates to enhancing the research stature of Early Career / Emerging Researchers from designated groups, with the aim of redressing historical imbalances in the South African researcher cohort.
The announcement was made at a ceremony held in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, as part of the NRF’s national celebration of prestigious awards.