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Opening Date: 
Tuesday, 4 April, 2017
Closing Date: 
Friday, 12 May, 2017

The Blue Skies Research Funding Instrument can be described as multi-dimensional self-initiated, curiosity-driven inquiry that necessitates high investment risks, addresses new phenomena, as well as push the frontiers of knowledge. Blue Skies-type of research is associated with fundamental and basic research programmes.

The objectives of the Blue Skies Funding Instrument are:

  • To provide space and time for research to push the frontiers of knowledge and to encourage imagination through scientific and scholarly endeavours;
  • To support and sustain communities of critical and free thinkers;
  • To promote and encourage diversity in research for re-imagining disciplines or academies;
  • To bring about new and unpredictable scientific / technological / scholarly discoveries / interpretations / understandings / knowledge.

The Blue Skies Research funding instrument provides for a two-phased approach namely, a Concept Note Call and a closed call for Full proposal for Concept Note that will have been awarded in the previous year. The Concept Note call affords researchers the opportunity to test and or try out a proof concept.  

CALL OPENS:      03 April 2017

CALL CLOSES:     12 May 2017

Applications should be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

Applicants must ensure that their Curriculum Vitae are updated on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za

PLEASE NOTE:  Institutions must set their own internal closing dates for DAs to validate applications by this date.

Please direct all enquiries to:

Funding Rules related queries
Dr Zolani Dyosi
Director: Knowledge Fields Development
Tel: 012 481 4131
Email: zolani@nrf.ac.za

Mr Simon Lotz
Professional Officer: Grants Management and Systems Administration
Tel: 012 481 4131
Email: simon.lotz@nrf.ac.za