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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.

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Funding Opportunity Announcement - 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...

DST-NRF/CSIR - Research Chairs in Waste & Climate Change in South Africa 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have approved funding for the awarding of two (2) Research Chairs in Waste and Climate Change, and Waste and Society. The South African Research Chairs Initiative was...

DST-NRF/SAMRC - Research Chair in Biostatistics in South Africa 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) have approved funding for the awarding of one (1) Research Chair in Biostatistics in South Africa, under the SARChI funding instrument. SARChI was established in 2006 as a...

DST/NRF/Nedbank - Research Chair in National Development Plan (NDP) Priority Area 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Nedbank have approved funding for the awarding of two (2) Research Chairs in Research Chair in National Development Plan (NDP) Priority Area under the SARChI funding instrument. The South African Research Chairs Initiative was...

DST/NRF Research Chair in Sugarcane Bio-refining 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of one (1) Research Chair in Sugarcane Bio-refining. The South African Research Chairs Initiative was established in 2006 as a strategic intervention of the South African Government to...

DST/NRF/ Research Chair in Poultry Health and Production in South Africa 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of one (1) Research Chair in Poultry Health and Production in South Africa. The South African Research Chairs Initiative was established in 2006 as a strategic intervention of the South...

South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018

The South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) is a non-statutory body that generates and communicates knowledge and advice in order to promote the informed use and management of the marine and coastal environments. SANCOR is managed by the Knowledge Fields Development Directorate of the National...

SASAC High-level Systems Analysis Capacity Strengthening Three Week Programme 2017

Building on the successes of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), the South African National Research Foundation (NMO) and the Department of Science and Technology have decided to evolve and expand its activities to develop capacity for systems analysis in South Africa and the wider region...

Iran/South Africa Joint Science and Technology Research Call 2018

On 31 May 2000, the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran (MSRT) signed an Agreement with the objective of enhancing scientific relations between South Africa and Iran. With this Agreement, the Parties intend to...

Japan/South Africa Call for Joint Research Projects 2018

On 28 August 2003, South Africa signed an agreement on cooperation in science and technology with Japan, followed two years later by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) as implementing agencies.

African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) 2018

The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) is a research platform which aims to provide access to research infrastructure (e.g. ship’s time, coastal craft, remote operated vehicles, etc.) and associated funding to the research community to undertake multi-disciplinary marine research along the east and south...

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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...

Human and Social Dynamics Funding Instrument 2019

The Human and Social Dynamics funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports basic research in Social Science and the Humanities. The Human and Social Dynamics Funding Instrument is theme driven and will support new or existing research initiatives.

Research Development Grants for Y-Rated Researchers 2019

The Research Development Grants for Y-Rated Researchers is a ring-fenced, once-off grants and competitive discipline-based funding instrument aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the NRF to drive our transformation consistently and strategically through supporting primarily basic research as the foundation of...

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