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  • African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme - The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme is a research platform which aims to provide access to research infrastructure and associated funding to the research community to undertake research along the east coast of South Africa.

  • African Origins Platform- The African Origins Platform strategy provides direction on a holistic approach towards the development of palaeosciences and related disciplines. This strategy addresses issues of public engagement, human resources, challenges faced by universities and museums as research institutions and repositories for collections, and the legal landscape and tourism development in palaeosciences.
  • Blue Skies Research- The Blue Skies Research Programme is a highly competitive programme that aims to bring about new and unpredictable scientific/technological/scholarly discoveries.  It provides the space for novel fundamental enquiry and 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.
  • Community Engagement Programme-  The Community Engagement Programme is a competitive programme, which provides the space for research that contributes both to knowledge production within the ambit of community engagement (here community is defined in its broadest sense); as well as research on the processes and dynamics of engagement from the perspective of the higher education sector. To further elaborate, the Programme is aimed at supporting and providing the enabling conditions for higher education institutions to come to grips with some of the philosophical and conceptual challenges associated with the dynamics of community engagement and social responsiveness, as a field of research enquiry.
  • Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers- The Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers is a discipline-based programme that supports principally basic research as the foundation of knowledge production, in the Natural Sciences and Engineering, and Social Sciences and Humanities.
  • Education Research in South Africa- The call for funding for Education Research in South Africa seeks research proposals that adhere to the following entry-level hurdles: The research must address the overarching theme on “Teaching and learning interactions that shape the qualitative outcomes of education” at all levels of the education and training system; national priorities in South Africa (a strong indication must be provided); and systemic implications (either through large-scale empirical research or meta- analyses of past/existing small-scale research projects).
  • Global Change, Society and Sustainability Research Programme- The Global Change, Society and Sustainability Research Programme is a long term large scale structured and coordinated research programme that will be implemented to address the identified fundamental research questions and provide research-based evidence that is required for socio-economic development, sustainability and social cohesion.
  • Human Capital Development for Multi-Wavelength Astronomy- All researchers at South African higher education institutions and national research facilities can apply for funds, provided that they are working under the rubric of multi-wavelength astronomy, including: optical and gamma-ray astronomy and the supporting theory.
  • Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers- encourage researchers to attain an NRF rating, maintain their rating and reach higher rating levels.
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems-  Support for Indigenous Knowledge Systems within South African in key areas of support, IKS and Bio-economy (African Traditional Medicine; Food Security; or Cosmetics); IKS Epistemology (Ubuntu and Cosmology; or Taxonomies, pedagogies, methodologies); IKS and Climate Change; IKS and Energy; IKS Practices of Khoi, Nama, Griqua and San communities; and/or novel and creative thinking that will shift the boundaries of IKS knowledge production and that address national priorities in South Africa.
  • International Research Grants- The applicant(s) must have a research collaborator in the country that is a signatory to the bi-national or bi-lateral between the NRF and a funding agency in another country.
  • Knowledge Fields Development - The Knowledge Fields Development Directorate identifies and coordinates a number of knowledge field development activities for implementation each year. These activities are supported by way of short-term grants that are typically once off. It is only under very special circumstances that additional support will be made available for further development of the same initiative. Choice of setting priorities for activities is done either through the directed or non-direct approach. The directed approach involves activities that are aligned with national strategic priorities, and may be identified internally by the NRF or in collaboration with the research community. The non-directed approach involves activities identified and coordinated by the research community itself, and funded by KFD.
  • SA National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) -  supports research in the Southern Ocean, including the Southern Ocean Islands (Marion Island, Prince Edward Island and Gough Island) and Antarctica. The Programme supports research in the research areas of Earth Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, Oceanographic Sciences, Physical Sciences and the Social Sciences, Law and Humanities.
  • Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme - The proposed project must be a high quality science, engineering and/or technology research project with financial support from an industry partner (preferably an SMME). The project must produce an innovative (able to be commercialised) product/process/prototype, must involve technology transfer and must produce additionality, causality and implementation. It must have clearly defined scientific, technological and human resources outputs and contribute to the competitive edge of the investing industrial partner.