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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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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 / 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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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.

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...

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