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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.

Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers 2015

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. The report of the review recommended...

2015 Call Schedule

Energy Research Programme

Application for a Travel Grant from the South African International Council for Science (ICSU) 2015

Rating Application 2015

Call for Applications for Evaluation and Rating - 2015