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 training
  • Promotion of collaboration nationally, in line with the national research priorities

National Nanotechnology Equipment Programme (NNEP)

The NNEP supports the acquisition, development and/or upgrade of equipment demonstrating the benefits of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The funding instruments aim to position South Africa as a player in the emerging areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology, in line with the objectives set forth in the National Nanotechnology Strategy.

Bridging Finance

The Infrastructure Bridging Programme makes available, in the form of a grant, non-interest bearing funds per research institution to support research equipment and/or physical infrastructural requirements.

Access to Global Infrastructure Funding

This programme provides financial support for researchers to access mega-infrastructure facilities that are not available nationally such as synchrotron radiation facilities and other global research infrastructures.

Equipment-Related Travel Grants

Makes funds available to researchers requiring access to specialised equipment that is not available nationally or internationally.

Equipment-Related Training Grants

Makes funds available for either the attendance or hosting of practical workshops that are focussed on training users on the use of state-of-the-art equipment acquired either through NEP and/or NNEP grant awards or feeder equipment that complements the capabilities of equipment acquired either through NEP and NNEP grant awards.

National Equipment Database

Stores information pertaining to research equipment acquired through DST and/or NRF funding as well as other public investments in specialised equipment

Synchrotron Capacity Building Fund

This grant facilitates access to global infrastructure for researchers and scientists.