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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/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.

South Africa/PROTEA (France) 2017 Joint Call for Proposals

The South Africa/France Protea joint call has been created to develop the relationship between the French and South African scientific communities through joint research. The purpose of the co-operative programme is to encourage an exchange between researchers and to develop a synergy between the two scientific...

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...

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Call for 2015 Annual Progress Reports for 2016 Funding - Research Career Award Programme

The 2015 Annual Progress Reports (APR) have to be completed by grantholders that currently receive funding and require continued funding for their existing NRF-funded project in 2016.

Call for Nominations - Sabbatical Grants for Completion of Doctoral Degrees

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....

Call for Submission of THRIP Annual Progress Reports (APRs) for Projects Supported in 2015/16

The Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP) is a partnership programme that is funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Annual Progress Report Call for Nanotechnology Flagships Project (NFP) Funding Instrument

This serves to inform you that the system has now been opened for the submission of the Nanotechnology Flagship Programme Annual Progress Reports (APR’s) for 2015/2016 Financial Year.

Closed Call: Blue Skies Research - Full Proposals 2017

The Blue Skies Funding Instrument creates space to push the frontiers of knowledge so as to enable unpredictable discoveries and interpretations. It supports and sustains a community of critical, thinkers and promotes diversity in research for re-imagining disciplines or academies. This Funding Instrument seeks to...

SA-Germany Bilateral Research Chair on Sustainable Natural Resource Management – Safe Mining 2016

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...

UK – South Africa Researcher Links Mobility Call for 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa in partnership with prominent UK academies (i.e. the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society) and the British Council is pleased to invite applications for the UK – South Africa Researcher Links grants

Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2016 – Round 1

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...

Infrastructure Bridging Programme 2016

The Infrastructure Bridging Funding makes available, non-interest bearing bridging funding to a maximum value of R5 million or the size of the NRF grant deposit per university, to support the physical infrastructural requirements needed to support either the acquisition or upgrade to state-of-the art research...

Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers 2016

In 2007, Higher Education South Africa (HESA) conducted a review of the National Research Foundation’s evaluation and rating system. Following this review, HESA acknowledged and endorsed the value that evaluation and rating add to the NRF’s research support and advancement vision.

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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.

South Africa/PROTEA (France) 2017 Joint Call for Proposals

The South Africa/France Protea joint call has been created to develop the relationship between the French and South African scientific communities through joint research. The purpose of the co-operative programme is to encourage an exchange between researchers and to develop a synergy between the two scientific...

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...

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