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The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (SASSCAL)

Actively supported by a broad range of stakeholders, including the Government of South Africa through DST and the German Government, SASSCAL is the regional driver for innovation and knowledge exchange to enhance adaptive land use, learning and sustainable economic development in Southern Africa within the context of...

Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers

These grants are used for scholarship and research-related activities of current NRF-rated researchers. There is considerable flexibility built into the administration of the funds to allow researchers to use the funds in various ways in keeping their research activities afloat during the occasions when other funding...

Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers

This is a discipline-based funding instrument which supports basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in all disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. It is aimed at providing support for established researchers who may have lost their NRF rating and/or may be...

Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers

This is a discipline-based funding instrument which supports principally basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in all disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and engineering. Contact Person: Kaluke Mawila

Community Engagement

This instrument supports research and activities aimed at improving our understanding of the concept of community engagement and the suite of activities that this implies. This may include inter alia negotiating the terrain of knowledge production as a site of multiple processes and relations; interrogating the ways...

Multiwavelength Astronomy

Astronomy has received high priority status in South Africa. Major projects in support of this include Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), Square Kilometre Array (SKA), High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS), the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT) etc. The Multiwavelength Astronomy funding instrument is an interim...

Blue Skies

Described as multi-dimensional self-initiated, curiosity-driven inquiry that necessitates high investment risks, it addresses new phenomena as well as pushes the frontiers of knowledge. Blue Skies-type of research is associated with fundamental and basic research programmes. The objectives of the Blue Skies funding...

Education Research in SA

This focuses on the development of new knowledge around teaching and learning so as to improve education practice in South Africa. Its scope covers the following: Support for education research that engenders progressive and ameliorative social change for the society as a whole Extending and building theoretical and...

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