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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 African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018

The South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) is a non-statutory body that generates and communicates knowledge and advice in order to promote the informed use and management of the marine and coastal environments. SANCOR is managed by the Knowledge Fields Development Directorate of the National...

SASAC High-level Systems Analysis Capacity Strengthening Three Week Programme 2017

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...

Iran/South Africa Joint Science and Technology Research Call 2018

On 31 May 2000, the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran (MSRT) signed an Agreement with the objective of enhancing scientific relations between South Africa and Iran. With this Agreement, the Parties intend to...

Japan/South Africa Call for Joint Research Projects 2018

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) as implementing agencies.

African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) 2018

The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) is a research platform which aims to provide access to research infrastructure (e.g. ship’s time, coastal craft, remote operated vehicles, etc.) and associated funding to the research community to undertake multi-disciplinary marine research along the east and south...

Human and Social Dynamics Call 2018

The Human and Social Dynamics funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports basic research in Social Science and the Humanities.

DST-NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom 2018

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.

Mexico/South Africa Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2018

On 19 April 2010, South Africa and Mexico entered into a science and technology (S&T) agreement which resulted in the development of a Programme of Cooperation (PoC) which serves as an implementation plan for joint programmes between the two countries. As a result of this PoC, joint researchers’ workshops on...

South Africa – Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (SA-JINR) – Mobility Grants for Researchers and Postgraduate Students 2017

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 main objectives of the collaboration is to provide the South African research community with access to world-...

Jamaica/South Africa Joint Science and Technology Cooperation 2018

In 2016, South Africa (through the Department of Science and Technology) and Jamaica (through the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology) signed an Agreement on Science and Technology cooperation which led to the adoption of a Programme of Activity (PoA) on 17 November 2016. The PoA identifies the NRF and the...

Submission of Annual Progress Reports (APRs) for Established Researcher Projects funded in 2016

Grant-holders are requested to update their 2016 Research Outputs on their CVs on the NRF Online Submission System https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za. The 2016 outputs will be listed in the APR and grant-holders will be able to select the ones they wish to have included in the relevant Annual Progress Report.

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) – Concept Notes for Large Integrated Team Projects 2017

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 approach is to fund large, collaborative /...

Indigenous Knowledge Systems 2018

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...

Support for Unrated, Rated and Y-rated Research 2018

The Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers is a discipline-based funding instrument which supports principally basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in the disciplines of the Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences.

National Research Foundation / European Research Council 2017 Call

The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) entered into an agreement with the European Commission (EC), appointing the NRF and the European Research Council (ERC) as implementing agencies for this partnership. The aim of the agreement is to provide South African Postdoctoral researchers opportunities...

Blue Skies Concept Notes 2018

The Blue Skies Research Funding Instrument can be described as multi-dimensional self-initiated, curiosity-driven inquiry that necessitates high investment risks, addresses new phenomena, as well as push the frontiers of knowledge.

South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) 2018

The South African National Antarctic Programme invites applications to an OPEN CALL for a three year funding cycle (2018-2020). All application materials must be submitted electronically via the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2017 – First Call

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...

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South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018

The South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) is a non-statutory body that generates and communicates knowledge and advice in order to promote the informed use and management of the marine and coastal environments. SANCOR is managed by the Knowledge Fields Development Directorate of the National...

SASAC High-level Systems Analysis Capacity Strengthening Three Week Programme 2017

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...

Iran/South Africa Joint Science and Technology Research Call 2018

On 31 May 2000, the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran (MSRT) signed an Agreement with the objective of enhancing scientific relations between South Africa and Iran. With this Agreement, the Parties intend to...

Japan/South Africa Call for Joint Research Projects 2018

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) as implementing agencies.

African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) 2018

The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) is a research platform which aims to provide access to research infrastructure (e.g. ship’s time, coastal craft, remote operated vehicles, etc.) and associated funding to the research community to undertake multi-disciplinary marine research along the east and south...

Human and Social Dynamics Call 2018

The Human and Social Dynamics funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports basic research in Social Science and the Humanities.

DST-NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom 2018

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.

Mexico/South Africa Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2018

On 19 April 2010, South Africa and Mexico entered into a science and technology (S&T) agreement which resulted in the development of a Programme of Cooperation (PoC) which serves as an implementation plan for joint programmes between the two countries. As a result of this PoC, joint researchers’ workshops on...

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