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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.

South Africa - China Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Project Proposals 2017

Formal diplomatic relations between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China were established in January 1998. The following year marked the signing of the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the...

Strategic Research Equipment Programme 2016

State-of-the-art research infrastructure, linked to the development of highly skilled knowledge-workers, is a prerequisite for the generation of globally competitive knowledge and technologies in the twenty first century. Since the inception of the National Equipment Programme (NEP) and the National Nanotechnology...

South Africa/Japan 2017 Joint Call Proposals

On 28 August 2003, South Africa signed an agreement on cooperation in science and technology with Japan, followed two years later by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The implementation of the NRF/JSPS MoU led...

South Africa / Germany Joint Call for Proposals 2017

South Africa and Germany have a long lasting bilateral partnership in science and technology. The first call for joint research projects was launched in 2007, with simultaneous announcements of calls since 2009. In 2013, BMBF requested an assessment of this bilateral cooperation. The positive outcomes of this...

BRICS Multilateral Joint Call for Proposals 2017

On 18 March 2015, the BRICS Ministers of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a research and development collaborative programme between the BRICS countries. Following the signing of this MoU, the BRICS Group of Research Funding Parties held a meeting in July 2015 to discuss...

Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2016 – Round 2

In a globalised world, the internationalisation of research is imperative for the competitiveness of any country. While international collaboration has always been an intrinsic part of the research and innovation (R&I) endeavour, the forces of competitiveness and globalisation are accelerating the scope, pace and...

SASAC High-level System Analysis Capacity Strengthening Three Week Programme 2016

Building on the successes of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), the South African National Research Foundation (NMO) and the Department of Science and Technology have decided to evolve and expand its activities to develop capacity for systems analysis in South Africa and the wider region...

UK-South Africa Researcher Links Call - Workshop Grants

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa in partnership with the British Council is pleased to invite applications for the UK – South Africa Researcher Links Newton fund grants. These grants are designed to provide financial support for researchers in the UK and South Africa.

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South Africa – Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) – Grants for Student Practice 2016

In 2005 the Republic of South Africa and the Russian Federation signed a memorandum of agreement that led to South Africa becoming an associate member of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). The agreement enabled the establishment of research collaboration between South African and JINR researchers, as...

Thuthuka 2017

The Thuthuka Funding Instrument is a key intervention of the National Research Foundation (NRF) aimed at supporting emerging researchers. Thuthuka research grants are awarded to academics and researchers that hold academic and/or joint academic and administrative professional appointments, at NRF recognised public...

South Africa/Wallonia 2017 Joint Call for Proposals

In 2014 the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa and the Fund for Scientific Research - FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS) of Wallonia-Brussels Federation (WBF), entered into a 3-year inter-agency agreement. The principle objective of this agreement is to foster scientific and technological cooperation by facilitating...

Call for submission of Research and Technology Fund - Annual Progress Reports (APRs) for projects supported in 2015/16

The Research and Technology Fund is a partnership programme that is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

South Africa/Argentina 2016 Joint Call for Proposals 2017

In 2006 South Africa and Argentina signed an inter-governmental bilateral agreement on cooperation in the fields of science and technology to be jointly implemented and administrated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation (MINCyT) in...

DST-NRF Research Development Grants for nGAP Scholars 2016 - Closed Call

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the DST-NRF Next Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) Research Development Grant (RDG) call for 2016. This is a closed call...

South Africa/Austria Joint Scientific and Technological Cooperation Call for Applications for 2017-2018 Joint Projects

The programme for Scientific & Technological Cooperation is carried out in the frame of the bilateral “Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy of the Republic of Austria on Scientific and...

Indigenous Knowledge Systems 2017

Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) has been a cross cutting theme of the 10 Year Plan of the Department of Science and Technology’s 10-Year Innovation Plan. Reaffirming its commitment to mainstream IKS in South Africa, the South African government envisages IKS as contributing towards sustainable economic development...

Call for Proposals - Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) 2016

The primary focus of the Programme is to generate, mobilize, co-ordinate and make accessible foundational biodiversity knowledge in line with the needs of society, the Department of Science & Technology (DST) Global Change Programme and the bio-economy.

Call for Submission of Annual Progress Reports for Infrastructure Funding Instruments: National Equipment Programme (NEP) and National Nanotechnology Equipment Programme (NNEP)

This serves to inform you that the system has now been opened for the submission of the Infrastructure Funding Instruments: National Equipment Programme (NEP) and National Nanotechnology Equipment Programme (NNEP), Annual Progress Reports (APR’s).

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South Africa - China Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Project Proposals 2017

Formal diplomatic relations between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China were established in January 1998. The following year marked the signing of the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the...

Strategic Research Equipment Programme 2016

State-of-the-art research infrastructure, linked to the development of highly skilled knowledge-workers, is a prerequisite for the generation of globally competitive knowledge and technologies in the twenty first century. Since the inception of the National Equipment Programme (NEP) and the National Nanotechnology...

South Africa/Japan 2017 Joint Call Proposals

On 28 August 2003, South Africa signed an agreement on cooperation in science and technology with Japan, followed two years later by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The implementation of the NRF/JSPS MoU led...

South Africa / Germany Joint Call for Proposals 2017

South Africa and Germany have a long lasting bilateral partnership in science and technology. The first call for joint research projects was launched in 2007, with simultaneous announcements of calls since 2009. In 2013, BMBF requested an assessment of this bilateral cooperation. The positive outcomes of this...

BRICS Multilateral Joint Call for Proposals 2017

On 18 March 2015, the BRICS Ministers of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a research and development collaborative programme between the BRICS countries. Following the signing of this MoU, the BRICS Group of Research Funding Parties held a meeting in July 2015 to discuss...

Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2016 – Round 2

In a globalised world, the internationalisation of research is imperative for the competitiveness of any country. While international collaboration has always been an intrinsic part of the research and innovation (R&I) endeavour, the forces of competitiveness and globalisation are accelerating the scope, pace and...

SASAC High-level System Analysis Capacity Strengthening Three Week Programme 2016

Building on the successes of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), the South African National Research Foundation (NMO) and the Department of Science and Technology have decided to evolve and expand its activities to develop capacity for systems analysis in South Africa and the wider region...

South Africa – Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) – Grants for Student Practice 2016

In 2005 the Republic of South Africa and the Russian Federation signed a memorandum of agreement that led to South Africa becoming an associate member of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). The agreement enabled the establishment of research collaboration between South African and JINR researchers, as...

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