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Opening Date: 
Tuesday, 21 August, 2018
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate and Land Management (SASSCAL) is a joint initiative between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia, in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In 2017 the first phase of the initiative popularly referred to as   SASSCAL 1 came to an end. The SASSCAL partners have decided to proceed to SASSCAL 2.0 with a new structure, expanded interventions, services and whose funding call addressing the same themes like those of SASSCAL 1 is expected to proceed in 2018. However in order to maintain momentum and ensure that the South African community continues to build on the work done during  Phase1 while the research community awaits the launch of the SASSCAL 2.0 call, DST and NRF decided to launch a South African closed-complementary SASSCAL call. The basic aim of this call is to provide an interim SASSCAL strategic research framework that builds on the achievements of the first phase and aligned the collaborative initiative’s mandate. This SASSCAL South African Research Framework addresses national research needs and imperatives within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, the AU 2063 Vision and Action Plan, the South African Global Grand challenge, national policies etc.

More details about the programme and call are provided in the Programme Framework document.

Note that this call is a complimentary funding call for SA researchers and individuals ONLY, intended to serve, ensure continuity and maintain momentum from SASSCAL 1. Thus in planning for student support researchers should take cognisance of the limited resources and ensure that students are covered for the period of the grant. It is hoped that projects supported in this call will of course respond to the regional SASSCAL 2.0 call when is launched. Successful proposals for South African Closed-Complementary SASSCAL Call will be funded for up to 3 years – 2018/19 to 2020/21.

This 2018/19 Call invites applications aiming at improving or developing new strategies, tools and techniques to address or solve climate change and land management challenges effects under the followings thematic areas:

  • Food Security;
  • Water Security;
  • Biodiversity Conservation;
  • Sustainable Forests and Woodlands;
  • Environmental data and information for decision-making; and
  • Climate change risks and vulnerability

Failure to adhere to these specifications and those subsequently mentioned in the framework will automatically render the application unsuccessful.
The SASSCAL South Africa Node invites applicants to submit proposals for up-to three-year of funding;

  • Funded applications may be expanded and or fine-tuned and submitted to SASSCAL 2.0 but should not be exactly the same project and simply aimed at “double-dipping”
  • All applications must be endorsed by the Designated Authority at the research office of the principal investigator before submission to the NRF;
  • Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted, and without exception will be rejected without review.
  • All application materials must be submitted electronically via the NRF’s Submission System at   https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

Call opens : 20 August 2018

Call Closes : 26 September 2018

Please direct all enquiries to:

Funding instrument related queries
Peter Shisani
National Director: SASSCAL
Tel: 012 481 4319
E-mail: Peter.shisani@nrf.ac.za

NRF Online application and grants management related queries
Thulani Mlotshwa
Liaison Officer: GMSA
Tel: 012 481 4222
E-mail: Thulani.Mlotshwa@nrf.ac.za