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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.

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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.

DST – NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the UK 2017

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the United Kingdom Academies (under the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund) are pleased to announce the Call for applications for DST-NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom.

DST-NRF Conference Fund 2017

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 importance of cross-border R&I, strengthened by directed partnerships both within and outside of South Africa...

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...

South Africa / Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) 2016 Joint Call for Proposals

The programme of cooperation is carried out within the framework of the agreement, concluded on 27 January 2010, between the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Fonds Wetenschappellijk Onderzoek (FWO) of Flanders, Belgium.

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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...

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...

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