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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.

Knowledge, Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) 2015 - Second Call for proposals

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...

DAAD-NRF In-Country Master’s and Doctoral Scholarships Programme 2016

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) is able to offer scholarships for postgraduate studies at South African universities. The programme is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the National Research...

National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF / Academy of Finland (AF) Science and Technology Research Collaboration

On 04 October 2011 the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Academy of Finland (AF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation with the object of enhancing scientific relations between Finland and South Africa. The parties intend to support research and development activities and...

Call for proposals from universities for one Research Chair to be awarded in the area of Political Theory

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). SARChI is a strategic intervention of the South African government designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African universities and is aimed at...

NRF TWAS Doctoral Call 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) are pleased to announce the call for fellowship applications for 2016.

Call for Proposals to host the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) 2015

South Africa joined the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in 2007, with the National Research Foundation (NRF) as its National Member Organisation (NMO), supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Since becoming a member, a range of research and capacity building activities...

NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship Call for 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), are pleased to announce the call for fellowship applications for the NRF - TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2016. These fellowships are open to...

South Africa (NRF) / Sweden (STINT) Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2015 Joint Call for Project Proposals

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa 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...

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