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Opening Date: 
Friday, 17 November, 2017
Closing Date: 
Friday, 30 November, 2018

Applicant’s Submission Deadline: Call remains open all year round until November 2018


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Biological Sciences and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have formed a partnership to promote opportunities for collaboration between researchers of the United States and South Africa. This collaboration offers the United States and South African researchers an opportunity to apply for funding for Joint Research for International Research Coordination Networks (IRCNs) in Biodiversity. 

The IRCN mechanism provides an opportunity for South African and U.S. research communities to communicate and coordinate their research activities on a wide range of environmental biology topics, including: ecosystem forecasting and monitoring, community origin, maintenance and function, species diversity and evolutionary relationships, emerging diseases and pests, and biodiversity theory. Projects are expected to enhance current collaborations and establish new collaborations between the U.S. and South African biodiversity research communities to help prioritise research topics, enhance complementary research activities, and identify new synergistic research directions. The overall aim of the IRCN mechanism is to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing. Therefore, direct research-related activities will not be funded through this Programme. Proposals outside the above-mentioned broad thematic area of focus will not be accepted. NRF is pleased to announce 1st joint call in International Research Coordination Networks (IRCNs) for 2018, and herewith invite all interested parties to submit their applications.

All South African applications must be submitted through an online application process to the NRF at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za. A detailed call document is attached.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are requested to submit as attachments the following compulsory documents:

  • Description of the network ( provide in detail the scientific underpinning of the network, mode of cooperation, methodology and plan of work describing respective roles of the co-operating partners and activities, possible impact of the cooperation (max. 12 000 words) )
  • A table listing the student involved and of all other participants ( e.g. Researcher, Student, Country collaborators, Partner Country Participants)
  • South African Principal Investigator Budget
  • Placement Plan for doctoral and post-doctoral students

Key dates:

Call closes: Call is open all year round until November 2018

Please note that applications submitted outside the NRF Online Submission System will not be accepted.

NRF Contacts:

Ms Nombuso Madonda
Knowledge Advancement and Support (KAS)
Tel: +27 12 481 4285        
Email: nombuso.madonda@nrf.ac.za

Jan Phalane
Grants Management and Systems Administration (GMSA)
Tel: +27 12 481 4157
Email: Jan.phalane@nrf.ac.za