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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.

Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) Scientific Events/Travel Grants

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...

South Africa/Japan Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Joint Project Proposals 2015

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) entered into a MoU in 2005 as implementers following a 2003 Agreement on cooperation in science and technology between South Africa and Japan. The implementation of the NRF/JSPS MoU led to annual cycles of joint research...

Competitive Programme for Rated, Y-Rated and Unrated Researchers

Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR) and the Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers (CSUR) are discipline-based funding instruments which support principally basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in the disciplines of the Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences. Research...

South Africa/Egypt – Research Partnership Programme Bilateral Agreement 2015

The Republic of South Africa and the Arab Republic of Egypt signed an Agreement for cooperation in science and technology on 26 August 1997. The two countries agreed to jointly support researchers from public universities and public research institutes on an equal and mutually beneficial basis in an effort to enhance...

South Africa/Zambia Research Partnership Programme Bilateral Agreement 2015

The Government of Zambia and the Republic of South Africa signed an Agreement of cooperation in Science and Technology and further signed the Plan of Action (PoA) in 2010. The two countries decided to jointly support researchers from public universities and public research institutes on an equal and mutually...

VU University Amsterdam – NRF Desmond Tutu Doctoral Programme 2015

VU University Amsterdam recently installed four Desmond Tutu Programme Chairs in honour of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M. Tutu. This Programme at VU University focuses on the theme Youth, Sports and Reconciliation and aims to strengthen the co-operation between VU University (in Amsterdam) and South African...

South Africa/Wallonia-Brussels Federation Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Joint Project Proposals 2015

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa and the Fund for Scientific Research - FNRS (F.R.S.-FNRS) of Wallonia-Brussels Federation (WBF), signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11 March 2014. The principle objective of the cooperation between the Parties is to foster scientific and technological...

South African National Antarctic Programme 2015

The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) is a region-specific funding instrument which supports research in the Southern Ocean, including the islands, and in Antarctica. The SANAP funding instrument is not theme driven, and will support research applications across the following 6 broad scientific/...

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