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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...

Newton Fund RCUK-NRF International PhD Partnering Scheme Call

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) are pleased to invite applications to the Newton Fund RCUK-NRF International PhD Partnering Scheme.

Call Schedule for 2015

Attached find the 2015 RISA Call Schedule, while we would like to adhere to the Schedule to the best of our ability, we might from time to time be requested by our funding partners to alter the set dates. If this becomes the case, we will inform you.

NRF - Green Economy Postdoctoral Fellowship Call 2015

The NRF is pleased to announce the call for applications for Green Economy Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2015.

Research and Technology Fund 2015

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 and DAFF Provincial Research Centres.

Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2015

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...

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...

Infrastructure Bridging Finance Call 2015

The Infrastructure Bridging Programme makes available, non-interest bearing bridging finance, to a maximum value of R5 million per Public SA University, to support physical infrastructural requirements needed to support either the acquisition of, or upgrade to, state-of-the-art equipment or platform research projects...

Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers 2015

In 2007, Higher Education South Africa (HESA) conducted a review of the National Research Foundation’s evaluation and rating system. Following this review, HESA acknowledged and endorsed the value that evaluation and rating add to the NRF’s research support and advancement vision. The report of the review recommended...

Energy Research Programme

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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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