Grants Management & Systems Administration (GMSA)
The purpose of the Grants Management & Systems Administration (GMSA) directorate is to implement management of grants on behalf of the funding directorates of the Research and Innovation, Support and Advancement (RISA) business unit of the NRF.
Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD)
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).
Knowledge Fields Development (KFD)
The Knowledge Fields Development (KFD) directorate contributes to the promotion and support of research by facilitating the advancement of the frontiers of existing and development of new fields of knowledge, and the necessary associated research capacity in the context of national research, developmental challenges and strategic initiatives.
Applied Research, Innovation & Collaboration (ARIC)
The Applied Research, Innovation and Collaboration (ARIC) directorate of the NRF promotes and develops applied research within the National System of Innovation (NSI).
Institutional Engagement and Partnership Development (IEPD)
The Institutional Engagement and Partnership Development (IEPD) Directorate was established by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in 2013 to enhance and strengthen institutional research capabilities in key competency areas.
International Relations and Cooperation (IRC)
The International Relations and Cooperation (IRC) Directorate plays a contributing role in the promotion of research excellence, with regards to the internationalisation of research and higher education, and in particular to the concerted focus on Africa within the NRF.
Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence (RCCE)
The Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence (RCCE) Directorate brings together two strategic investments of the South African government, namely, the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) and the Centres of Excellence (CoEs).
Reviews and Evaluation (RE)
The Reviews and Evaluation (RE) directorate enhances the contribution of the NRF as a strategic partner in knowledge production, human capital development and infrastructure provision.