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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.

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National Equipment Programme (NEP) 2019

The development and retention of high-end scientific and technological competencies is essential for South Africa to transform into a knowledge-based economy wherein the generation of new knowledge and scientific and technological innovations can bring about economic development, job creation and an improvement in the...

SA/France PROTEA Call for Proposals 2019

The South Africa/ France PROTEA Programme is a bilateral incentive Programme dedicated to strengthening the South Africa/French collaborative research. It is co-funded by both the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research from the French side, and the National Research...

South Africa / Norway Cooperation on Oceans Research including Blue Economy, Climate Change, the Environment and Sustainable Energy (SANOCEAN) 2018

South Africa and Norway have had a long standing partnership supporting joint research focusing on climate change, environment and sustainable energy (known as SANCOOP). Three SANCOOP calls (2001 – 2006, 2006 – 2011, and 2013 – 2017) have been launched since the inception of this partnership. Late last year we...

NRF/FAPESP Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2019

In October 2015, the NRF and the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) signed an inter-agency agreement to support research and development activities between South African researchers and researchers from the State of São Paulo in Brazil through the funding of joint research activities in specified research...

Thuthuka 2019

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...

SASAC (South African System Analysis Capacity) 2018

The integrated approach of systems analysis allows investigation at the nexus of global challenges, enabling synergies and trade-off among potential solutions to be considered and implemented. Applied systems analysis takes into account the interconnectedness of multiple development goals. It offers the best chance of...

NRF-FRF Sabbatical Grant 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the FirstRand Foundation (FRF) have partnered to pursue the goal of increasing the proportion of suitably qualified Black (especially African Black) academic staff and academic staff with disabilities, at South African public universities, by establishing the NRF-FRF...

Knowledge Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) 2018

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...

DST-NRF Conference Fund 2019

The DST-NRF Conference Fund is intended to support the hosting of international conferences focused on excellent scientific research that has potential for socio-economic impact. The funding platform makes provision for strategic, large events of an international nature, hosted in South Africa, or on behalf of South...

NRF/ERC 2018

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.


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China-South Africa Young Scientist Exchange Programme 2019

The South Africa-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme (YSEP) is a joint initiative of the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the Peoples’ Republic of China. It is funded by the Governments of South Africa and China with the aim of cultivating future leading scientists between the two countries.

South Africa/China Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2019

Formal diplomatic relations between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China were established in January 1998. The relations were given impetus in 2001 through the creation of a Bi-National Commission to champion bilateral relations in seven sectoral committees, including science and technology. In line with...

NRF/DFG Partnership on International Research Training Groups (IRTGs)

The NRF has entered into a new partnership agreement with the DFG of Germany to jointly fund International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) between the two countries. IRTGs are structured Doctoral Programmes aimed at training scientists and academics at different stages of their careers, with a particular emphasis on...

Thuthuka Budget Motivations 2019

The Thuthuka Budget Motivation Request for continued funding in 2019, must be submitted by all grantholders receiving Thuthuka funding in 2018 and who are eligible for continued funding for their existing NRF funded project.

National Research Foundation (NRF) - International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) 2019

The NRF-ICTP research collaborative agreement aims to provide a platform for undertaking world-class research and human capacity development by facilitating accessing to state-of-the-art research equipment and expertise that are not available in the country but are available at the ICTP in Italy.

South Africa / Japan Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2019

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). The implementation of the NRF/JSPS MoU has...

Equipment-Related Travel and Training Grants 2018/19

The rationale of this funding instrument is to make funds available to support the broader science community to access state-of-the-art research equipment that is not available at the home institution, regionally or nationally.

NRF/STINT Science and Technology Research Collaboration

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 13 April 2015 to launch calls for joint research project proposals. Through