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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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DST-NRF/SAIMI Operation Phakisa Research Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) seek to fill a Research Chair in the area of Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering. Proposals are invited from eligible applicants for the DST-NRF/SAIMI Operation Phakisa Research Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and...

Marine and Coastal Research 2019

The Marine and Coastal Research funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports research and associated human capacity development in the coastal and marine sectors in South Africa. The research themes addressed are based on the Marine Research Plan (2014-2024), and are underpinned by...

DHET-DST/NRF SARChI in Post-School Education and Training (PSET)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department for Higher Education and Training (DHET) seek to fill three Research Chairs in the area of Post-School Education and Training Post School Education and Training (PSET).

African Origins Platform (AOP) 2019

The African Origins Platform funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports research and associated human capacity development in the palaeosciences[1]. Research must align with the strategic goals of the 2012 South African Strategy for the Palaeosciences.

South Africa Cities Research Chairs 2018

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...

NRF/NCBR Joint Science & Technology Research Collaboration 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) of Poland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11 December 2014. The principle objective of the cooperation between the Parties is to foster scientific and technological cooperation by...

Community Engagement Programme 2019

The Community Engagement Funding Instrument is a competitive funding instrument, which provides the space for research that contributes both to knowledge production within the ambit of community engagement (here community is defined in its broadest sense); as well as research on the processes and dynamics of...

Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (SA-JINR) Collaboration 2018

In 2005 the Republic of South Africa (RSA) and the Russian Federation (RF) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) that led to South Africa becoming an Associate Member of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). The JINR is an independent, multinational research agency located in Dubna, the Russian Federation...

Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) 2019

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 and Rated Researchers 2019

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. The Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR) is a highly competitive...

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

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 /...

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - Small Grants 2018

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 priority knowledge needs relate to species occurrence,...

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the call for fellowship applications for 2019 in the following categories: DST- NRF- Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowships; DST-...

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...

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