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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.

Sabbatical Grants to Complete Doctoral Degrees Funding Instrument - 2015 Call for Final Reports

All grantholders that received 2014 funding from the above Funding Instrument are requested to submit a 2015 Final Report. The required expenditure report is included in this Final Report.

ESRC/NRF Newton Call for Collaborative Research Urban Transformations in South Africa 2016

The ESRC and the NRF recognize that the very best research can be fostered by working with, and benchmarking against the best researchers internationally. To this end, both parties wish to develop collaborative activities that bring together UK and South African researchers. The ESRC and the NRF therefore invite...

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme

Concept Notes for Integrated Team Projects 2015: 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. The main...

Call for Proposals - Sabbatical Grants for Completion of Doctoral Degrees (Closed Call for nominees)

In 2010 the Department of Science and Technology (DST) introduced the “Improving Academic Qualifications of Academic Staff and Researchers” funding to accelerate the training of doctoral candidates, as a once-off project. In 2013 the DST renewed its funding commitment and extended this to a three-year programme....

South Africa (NRF)/Poland (NCBR) – Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2016

The NRF and the NCBR of Poland signed the MoU on 11 December 2014 to foster scientific and technological cooperation by facilitating brain circulation between the two countries and support research development activities of scientific and technical cooperation between South African and Polish universities and research...

Calls for Nominations for NRF Research Excellence Awards

Information on two calls for nominations for: NRF Research Excellence Award for Emerging Researchers and NRF Research Excellence Award for outstanding Doctoral Candidates (Next Generation Researchers).

South Africa/Taiwan Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2016

Following the bilateral agreement on cooperation between South Africa and the Republic of China (Taiwan) in science and technology, a second Joint Committee Meeting was held in Taipei, Taiwan, on 22 May 2014. During the meeting specific areas of cooperation were identified and the modalities for cooperation were...

Newton Fund RCUK-NRF International PhD Partnering Scheme Call

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) are pleased to invite applications to the Newton Fund RCUK-NRF International PhD Partnering Scheme.