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HICD instruments are categorised according to these groupings: infrastructure funding programmes, human capacity development programmes, collaborative research with National Facilities, nanotechnology flagship projects and human capacity programme. To read more about the various instruments click on read more under each grouping.

Human Capacity Programme

The HICD offers a range of bursaries and scholarships and postdoctoral research fellowships. DST-NRF Innovation Bursary Scheme The Innovation scholarships reward excellence for students enrolled for research-based Honours, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in specified scientific fields. The innovation study fields...

Nanotechnology Flagship Projects (NFP) Grants

NFP grants promote research projects demonstrating the benefits of nanoscience and nanotechnology and their impact on some of the challenges facing South Africa. Human capacity development and collaboration are key drivers of the NFP initiative.

Collaborative Research with National Facilities

This grant provides funding to researchers at South African universities to conduct research projects at National Research Facilities and incentivises quality research outputs from researchers at the facilities.

Infrastructure Funding Programmes

National Equipment Programme (NEP) The NEP provides funding and support for research and training within the NSI with the aim of improving the competitiveness of South African research and training by contributing to the: Improvement of the research infrastructure Expansion of the capacity to undertake research and...

Human Capacity Development Programmes

Thuthuka Thuthuka aims to develop human capital and to improve the research capacities of designated researchers including Black, Indian, Coloured, female and disabled researchers, in partnership with public HEIs, Science Councils and other research institutions. Thuthuka grants are limited to academics and...