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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...

Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) Science

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...

Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Risk Analysis in South Africa Research Chair

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of a Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Risk Analysis in South Africa (SPS) Research Chair under the SARChI funding instrument.

South Africa - China Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Project Proposals 2017

Formal diplomatic relations between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China were established in January 1998. The following year marked the signing of the Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the...

Strategic Research Equipment Programme 2016

State-of-the-art research infrastructure, linked to the development of highly skilled knowledge-workers, is a prerequisite for the generation of globally competitive knowledge and technologies in the twenty first century. Since the inception of the National Equipment Programme (NEP) and the National Nanotechnology...

South Africa/Japan 2017 Joint Call Proposals

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). The implementation of the NRF/JSPS MoU led...

South Africa / Germany Joint Call for Proposals 2017

South Africa and Germany have a long lasting bilateral partnership in science and technology. The first call for joint research projects was launched in 2007, with simultaneous announcements of calls since 2009. In 2013, BMBF requested an assessment of this bilateral cooperation. The positive outcomes of this...

BRICS Multilateral Joint Call for Proposals 2017

On 18 March 2015, the BRICS Ministers of Science and Technology signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a research and development collaborative programme between the BRICS countries. Following the signing of this MoU, the BRICS Group of Research Funding Parties held a meeting in July 2015 to discuss...

Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2016 – Round 2

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...

SASAC High-level System Analysis Capacity Strengthening Three Week Programme 2016

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...

South Africa – Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) – Grants for Student Practice 2016

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...

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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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