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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.

African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) 2015

The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) is a research platform which aims to provide access to research infrastructure (e.g. ship’s time, remote operated vehicles, dive teams etc.) and associated funding to the research community to undertake research along the east coast of South Africa.

SARChI Chairs 2015

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor approved funding for the awarding of 23 additional Research Chairs to expand the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI which was established in 2006 as a strategic intervention of the South African government to increase scientific research capacity...

2015 Call Schedule