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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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China-South Africa Young Scientist Exchange Programme 2019

The South Africa-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme (YSEP) is a joint initiative of the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the Peoples’ Republic of China. It is funded by the Governments of South Africa and China with the aim of cultivating future leading scientists between the two countries.

Thuthuka Budget Motivations 2019

The Thuthuka Budget Motivation Request for continued funding in 2019, must be submitted by all grantholders receiving Thuthuka funding in 2018 and who are eligible for continued funding for their existing NRF funded project.

National Research Foundation (NRF) - International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) 2019

The NRF-ICTP research collaborative agreement aims to provide a platform for undertaking world-class research and human capacity development by facilitating accessing to state-of-the-art research equipment and expertise that are not available in the country but are available at the ICTP in Italy.

South Africa / Japan Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2019

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 has...

Equipment-Related Travel and Training Grants 2018/19

The rationale of 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 institution, regionally or nationally.

NRF/STINT Science and Technology Research Collaboration

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 to launch calls for joint research project proposals. Through

South Africa/South Korea Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2019

Both the NRF South Africa and the NRF South Korea were appointed as the implementing agencies for the SA/ South Korea bilateral agreement in the fields of science and technology signed on 24 February 2004. The principle objective of the partnership is to foster scientific and technological cooperation by facilitating...

Africa-UK Trilateral Call 2018

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the British council are pleased to announce the Africa-UK Trilateral Call. Proposals are invited from eligible applicants for the DST-NRF/British Council Africa-UK Trilateral Chair.

DST-NRF/SAIMI Operation Phakisa Research Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) seek to fill a Research Chair in the area of Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering. Proposals are invited from eligible applicants for the DST-NRF/SAIMI Operation Phakisa Research Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and...

SA/Tunisia Science and Technology Collaboration 2019

The Government of Tunisia and the Republic of South Africa signed an Agreement for cooperation in Science and Technology on September 16, 2010. The two countries have agreed to jointly support researchers from public universities and research institutes on an equal and mutually beneficial basis to enhance scientific...

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NRF Free-standing-Scarce Skills-Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship Call for 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2016.

Call for International Research Grant Annual Progress Reports (APRs) and KIC reports for 2014/15

The 2014/15 Annual Progress Report (also final report) and KIC templates (2014 &2015) are now available on the NRF online system at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

Study Support for Completing Part-time Doctoral Students 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2016.

Extension Scholarship Support for Masters and Doctoral Studies 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the call for applications for Extension Scholarship Support for Masters and Doctoral studies in 2016.

Equipment-related Travel and Training Grants 2015/2016

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.

Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers 2016

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.

Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers 2016

The Competitive Programme for Rated 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.

South Africa/Japan Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Project Proposals 2016

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...

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