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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.

DST – NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the UK 2017

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.

DST-NRF Conference Fund 2017

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 importance of cross-border R&I, strengthened by directed partnerships both within and outside of South Africa...

Thuthuka 2017

The Thuthuka Funding Instrument is a key intervention of the National Research Foundation (NRF) aimed at supporting emerging researchers. Thuthuka research grants are awarded to academics and researchers that hold academic and/or joint academic and administrative professional appointments, at NRF recognised public...

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...

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Call for Submission of Annual Progress Reports for Infrastructure Funding Instruments: National Equipment Programme (NEP) and National Nanotechnology Equipment Programme (NNEP)

This serves to inform you that the system has now been opened for the submission of the Infrastructure Funding Instruments: National Equipment Programme (NEP) and National Nanotechnology Equipment Programme (NNEP), Annual Progress Reports (APR’s).

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....

ESRC-NRF Newton Call For Collaborative Research Higher Education in South Africa

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) invite collaborative projects between UK and South African researchers which can offer additional value to existing programmes of education research, and contribute to the economic development and welfare of South Africa and...

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...

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DST – NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the UK 2017

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.

DST-NRF Conference Fund 2017

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 importance of cross-border R&I, strengthened by directed partnerships both within and outside of South Africa...

Thuthuka 2017

The Thuthuka Funding Instrument is a key intervention of the National Research Foundation (NRF) aimed at supporting emerging researchers. Thuthuka research grants are awarded to academics and researchers that hold academic and/or joint academic and administrative professional appointments, at NRF recognised public...

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...

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