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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.

BRICS Multilateral Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call 2018

In line with the objectives of the Moscow Declaration and the BRICS STI framework the NRF is pleased to announce the 2nd BRICS Multilateral Call for 2018 joint projects, and herewith invite all interested parties to submit their applications, by a date no later than 1 December 2017.

ESASTAP 2020 Call for Twinning Activities in Marine Sciences 2018

The project on Strengthening of Technology Research and Innovation (R&I) between Europe and South Africa (ESASTAP 2020) and its predecessors (i.e. FP6 and FP7 INCO projects SAccess, ESASTAP, ESASTAP-2 and ESASTAP Plus) have been instrumental in enhancing the success of the SA-European Union (EU) Research and...

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...

NRF/BELSPO Joint Call for Proposals 2018

In January 2017, South Africa and Belgium signed a Science and Technology Agreement to facilitate and strengthen human capital development and research partnerships between South African and Belgian scientists. The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO...

Communities of Practice

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of Communities of Practice to existing Research Chairs under the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) funding instrument.

PRE ANNOUNCEMENT: Joint Africa-EU Call on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture (LEAP-Agri)

This joint transnational research call of LEAP-AGRI is co-funded by the following partnering African and European countries –Africa (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda), Europe (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Spain), as...

Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers 2017

In 2007, Universities South Africa (USAf) previously known as the Higher Education South Africa (HESA) conducted a review of the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) evaluation and rating system. At the conclusion of the review, HESA acknowledged and endorsed the value that evaluation and rating of individuals add to...

South Africa-Canada Chairs Initiative (SACRI) in Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Canadian Development Research Centre (IDRC) are pleased to announce that the following two calls for funding from 2017 onwards: South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partners Initiative; and the South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Mobility...

Equipment-related Travel and Training Grants 2016/2017 Call for Applications

The rationale for this Funding Instrument is to make funds available to support the broader science community to access state-of-the-art research equipment that is not available at the home research institution, regionally or nationally. The grants are divided into two categories: Equipment-related Travel Grants and...

Announcement of Successful Applications for 2017 Thuthuka Grants

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the provisional awards for the 2016 Thuthuka Call.

Research Career Award Programme - Submission of 2016 Annual Progress Reports for 2017 Funding

The 2016 Annual Progress Reports (APRs) have to be completed by grantholders funded in 2016 that require continued funding for their existing NRF-funded project in 2017. This Call for APR applies to the following funding instrument only: Research Career Award Programme.

Emerging Researchers - Call for 2016 Annual Progress Reports for 2017 Funding

The 2016 Annual Progress Reports (APRs) have to be completed by NRF students/fellows funded in the 2016 academic year that require continued funding for their existing NRF-funded project in 2017.

Pre-call Announcement: South Africa-Canada Chairs Initiative (SACRI) in Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Canadian Development Research Centre (IDRC) are pleased to announce that the following two calls will be launched: 1. South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partners Initiative; and South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Mobility Initiative.

2016 Annual Progress Reports - Established Researchers

Grant-holders are requested to update their 2016 Research Outputs on their CV on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

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BRICS Multilateral Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call 2018

In line with the objectives of the Moscow Declaration and the BRICS STI framework the NRF is pleased to announce the 2nd BRICS Multilateral Call for 2018 joint projects, and herewith invite all interested parties to submit their applications, by a date no later than 1 December 2017.

ESASTAP 2020 Call for Twinning Activities in Marine Sciences 2018

The project on Strengthening of Technology Research and Innovation (R&I) between Europe and South Africa (ESASTAP 2020) and its predecessors (i.e. FP6 and FP7 INCO projects SAccess, ESASTAP, ESASTAP-2 and ESASTAP Plus) have been instrumental in enhancing the success of the SA-European Union (EU) Research and...

NRF–FRF Sabbatical Grant 2018

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the FirstRand Foundation (FRF) have partnered to pursue the goal of increasing the proportion of suitably qualified Black (especially African Black) academic staff and academic staff with disabilities, at South African public universities, by establishing the NRF-FRF...

DST-NRF Conference Fund 2018

The DST-NRF Conference Fund is intended to support the hosting of international conferences focused on excellent scientific research that has potential for socio-economic impact. The funding platform makes provision for strategic, large events of an international nature, hosted in South Africa, or on behalf of South...

Submission of Thuthuka Budget Motivations for funding in 2018

The Thuthuka Budget Motivation Request for continued funding in 2018, must be submitted by all grantholders receiving Thuthuka funding in 2017 and who are eligible for continued funding for their existing NRF funded project.

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...

Italy/South Africa Joint Research Programme (ISARP) 2018

South Africa and Italy have a long lasting bilateral partnership in science and technology. The first agreement was signed in January 1998 and implemented through this Joint Programme in 2000. The success of this partnership has led to the establishment of the new Programme, now known as ISARP, co-funded by DST/NRF...

NRF/STINT Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2018

The National Research Foundation (NRF) 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 cooperation by...

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