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The NRF was established through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998), following a system-wide review conducted for the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST). The new entity incorporated the functions of the research funding agencies that were previously servicing various sections of the research community, namely the former Centre for Science Development (CSD) of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the former Foundation for Research Development (FRD) that included several National Research Facilities.

Pre-call Announcement: South Africa-Canada Chairs Initiative (SACRI) in Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Canadian Development Research Centre (IDRC) are pleased to announce that the following two calls will be launched: 1. South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partners Initiative; and South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Mobility Initiative.

2016 Annual Progress Reports - Established Researchers

Grant-holders are requested to update their 2016 Research Outputs on their CV on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

South Africa / Namibia Bilateral Research Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Department of Science and Technology (DST)/ the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology of Namibia have approved funding for the awarding of a Bilateral Research Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Call for Evaluation and Rating of Individual Researchers 2017

Applicants are invited to submit applications for evaluation and rating.

Internship Programme - Applicants 2017

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is responsible for the management of the DST-NRF Internship Programme in which unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and postgraduates (including those in Social Sciences and Humanities) are offered an opportunity to acquire practical work experience...

NRF/ São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Project Proposals 2017

In October 2015, the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) signed an inter-agency agreement to support research and development activities between South African researchers and researchers from the State of São Paulo in Brazil through the funding of joint research activities...

Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) Call for Doctoral Scholarships for Research using a Systems Analysis Methodology 2017

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have taken a strategic decision to continue investing in and expanding activities around systems analysis over the coming decade in the context of the pivotal role that this type of research plays in solving global challenges and...

NRF/ICTP Mobility Grant and Student Practice 2016

The NRF and DST has recently entered into a partnership with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) to provide mobility support to South African postgraduate students and researchers. The main focus of this collaboration is to facilitate access for South African researchers (emerging and established)...

Call for Submission of Thuthuka Budget Motivation for funding in 2017

The 2016 Budget Motivation Request must be submitted by Thuthuka grantholders currently in their 1st, 2nd, 4th or 5th year of funding, who require continued funding for their existing NRF funded project. Note that the submission of a detailed Annual Progress Report (APR) by all Thuthuka grantholders will be due in...

DST-NRF – Internship Programme - Host Institutions

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are pleased to announce the DST-NRF Internship Programme – Host Institutions Call for 2017. The Call is strictly open to Host Institutions only.

Infrastructure Travel and Training Grants 2016/2017

These funding instruments aim to support world-class research, enhance research collaboration nationally and internationally, and support the development of specialised skills required to sustainably manage and operate state-of-the-art research equipment.

CSIR National Laser Centre - 2017 Rental Pool Programme (RPP)

The CSIR National Laser Centre’s (CSIR NLC) Rental Pool Program (RPP) is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The purpose of the fund is to stimulate and grow laser-based research programmes within the South African research environment, with the object to increase capacity in the National System...

Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) Science

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 13 April 2015. The principle objective of the cooperation between the parties is to foster scientific and technological cooperation by...

Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Risk Analysis in South Africa Research Chair

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of a Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Risk Analysis in South Africa (SPS) Research Chair under the SARChI funding instrument.

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Pre-call Announcement: South Africa-Canada Chairs Initiative (SACRI) in Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Canadian Development Research Centre (IDRC) are pleased to announce that the following two calls will be launched: 1. South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partners Initiative; and South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Mobility Initiative.

2016 Annual Progress Reports - Established Researchers

Grant-holders are requested to update their 2016 Research Outputs on their CV on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

South Africa / Namibia Bilateral Research Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Department of Science and Technology (DST)/ the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology of Namibia have approved funding for the awarding of a Bilateral Research Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Internship Programme - Applicants 2017

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is responsible for the management of the DST-NRF Internship Programme in which unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and postgraduates (including those in Social Sciences and Humanities) are offered an opportunity to acquire practical work experience...

Call for Evaluation and Rating of Individual Researchers 2017

Applicants are invited to submit applications for evaluation and rating.

NRF/ São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) of Brazil Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Project Proposals 2017

In October 2015, the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) signed an inter-agency agreement to support research and development activities between South African researchers and researchers from the State of São Paulo in Brazil through the funding of joint research activities...

Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) Call for Doctoral Scholarships for Research using a Systems Analysis Methodology 2017

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have taken a strategic decision to continue investing in and expanding activities around systems analysis over the coming decade in the context of the pivotal role that this type of research plays in solving global challenges and...

NRF/ICTP Mobility Grant and Student Practice 2016

The NRF and DST has recently entered into a partnership with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) to provide mobility support to South African postgraduate students and researchers. The main focus of this collaboration is to facilitate access for South African researchers (emerging and established)...

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