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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.


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DST-NRF Internship Programme 2018/19

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...

ICSU-South Africa Scientific Events/Travel Grants 2017

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 organization of the ICSU network. South Africa is also a...

Knowledge, Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) Scientific Events/Travel Grants 2017 Second Call

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...

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.

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...

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...

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Call for Very-Long-Baseline Interferometry Astronomy Proposals

The Newton Fund is an initiative to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies. The Fund forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD). ODA funded activity focuses on...

Human and Social Dynamics Funding Instrument 2015

The Human and Social Dynamics funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports basic research in Social Science and the Humanities.

Rating Application 2015

Call for Applications for Evaluation and Rating - 2015

SANCOR International Travel Student Award Call 2015

The SANCOR International Travel Student Award has been instituted to promote and develop capacity building in science in the marine and coastal environment. It is presented annually to a Ph.D. student in recognition of their work accomplished thus far. The SANCOR Travel Grant offers up and coming young marine...

Call for Applications to Complete Part-time Doctoral Studies for 2015

NRF is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Study Support for Completing Part-Time Doctoral Students. The funding programme aims to provide funding to part-time registered doctoral students in order to enable them to complete doctoral studies and thereby increase graduation and throughput rates.

South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2015

SANCOR promotes the development of emerging scientists by offering postdoctoral fellowships to conduct research in the marine and coastal environment. The objectives of the fellowship programme are to encourage and develop young researchers and offer them the opportunity to further their careers by gaining...

Japan International Cooperation Agency Call

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) would like to bring to your attention a Call for Applications under the African Business Education "ABE" Initiative which was launched in 2013 as part of the Japanese government's Official Development Assistance (ODA) to South Africa. The ABE Initiative offers an...

Research Career Advancement Fellowship Call for 2015

The DST and NRF are pleased to announce the Research Career Advancement Fellowship Call for 2015

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