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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.

Research and Technology Fund 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) invites applications from researchers at South African Universities, Science Councils, other NRF Recognised Research Institutions and DAFF Provincial Research Centres.

DST-NRF Internship Programme 2019/2020

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is responsible for the management of the DST-NRF Internship Programme in which unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and postgraduates (including those in Social Sciences and Humanities) are offered an opportunity to acquire practical work experience...

Call for Applications for Evaluation and Rating - 2019

Applicants are invited to submit applications for evaluation and rating at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

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...

NRF/NSF International Research Coordination Networks (IRCNs) Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration

he National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Biological Sciences and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have formed a partnership to promote opportunities for collaboration between researchers of the United States and South Africa. This collaboration offers the United States and South African researchers an...

ICSU Call for Travel and Hosting of Events 2015

The South African (SA) ICSU Secretariat serves the South African scientific community and most of the ICSU scientific unions and affiliates to which South Africa adheres. The goal of the National Board is to promote effective South African involvement in the organisation of the ICSU network. South Africa is also a...

Thuthuka call for Annual Progress Reports for 2015

The 2015 Annual Progress Report (APR) has to be completed by 2015 Thuthuka grantholders currently in their 1st, 2nd, 4th or 5th year of funding that require continued funding for their existing NRF funded project in 2016.

Application for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) provides funding to support human capital development (HCD) for the renewable energy sector through the National Research Foundation (NRF). This funding support is called the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Scholarships (RSES) which is a component intervention of the...

South Africa (NRF) / Sweden (STINT) Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2015 Joint Call for Project Proposals

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 13 April 2015. The principle objective of the cooperation between the parties is to foster scientific and technological...

Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) 2016

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...

South Africa – Joint Institute for Nuclear Research - Grants for Student Practice 2015

In 2005 the Republic of South Africa and the Russian Federation signed a memorandum of agreement that led to South Africa becoming an associate member of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). The agreement enabled the establishment of research collaboration between South African and JINR researchers, as...

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Masters and Doctoral Scholarships 2016

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 scholarship applications for 2016.

NRF Free-standing-Scarce Skills-Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship Call for 2016

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 scholarship applications for 2016.

Call for International Research Grant Annual Progress Reports (APRs) and KIC reports for 2014/15

The 2014/15 Annual Progress Report (also final report) and KIC templates (2014 &2015) are now available on the NRF online system at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

Study Support for Completing Part-time Doctoral Students 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2016.

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Research and Technology Fund 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) invites applications from researchers at South African Universities, Science Councils, other NRF Recognised Research Institutions and DAFF Provincial Research Centres.

DST-NRF Internship Programme 2019/2020

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is responsible for the management of the DST-NRF Internship Programme in which unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and postgraduates (including those in Social Sciences and Humanities) are offered an opportunity to acquire practical work experience...

Call for Applications for Evaluation and Rating - 2019

Applicants are invited to submit applications for evaluation and rating at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

International Science Council (ISC) - Scientific Events / Travel Grants 2019

The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-governmental organisation with a unique global membership that brings together about 40 International Scientific Unions and Associations over 140 national and regional scientific organisations including Academies and Research Councils.

South Africa - Mozambique - Zambia Trilateral 2019

The government of South Africa, through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) completed and signed agreements with the governments of Zambia (NSTC) and Mozambique (FNI) on a Joint Bilateral basis respectively in order to implement key research areas for the three countries.

Complementary SASSCAL Call for South African Researchers 2019

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate and Land Management (SASSCAL) is a joint initiative between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia, in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In 2017 the first phase of the initiative popularly referred to as...

Earth Systems Science Research Programme (ESSRP) - 2019

Global change is universally recognised as a complex challenge to the well-being of societies and the environment. The development and spread of technology seeking to advance socio-economic development now affects the fundamental functioning of this planet.

Knowledge, Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) 2018 – 2nd Call

The Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) is pleased to announce the second 2018 mobility call. The purpose of the KIC funding instrument is to contribute to the following objectives: Internationalising South Africa’s research platform; Enhancing networking within the global science system; Fostering...

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