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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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DHET-DST/NRF SARChI in Post-School Education and Training (PSET)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department for Higher Education and Training (DHET) seek to fill three Research Chairs in the area of Post-School Education and Training Post School Education and Training (PSET).

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...

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...

DST – NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the United Kingdom Academies (under the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund) are pleased to announce the Call for applications for DST-NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom.

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 /...

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Sabbatical Grants to Complete Doctoral Degrees Funding Instrument - 2015 Call for Final Reports

All grantholders that received 2014 funding from the above Funding Instrument are requested to submit a 2015 Final Report. The required expenditure report is included in this Final Report.

ESRC/NRF Newton Call for Collaborative Research Urban Transformations in South Africa 2016

The ESRC and the NRF recognize that the very best research can be fostered by working with, and benchmarking against the best researchers internationally. To this end, both parties wish to develop collaborative activities that bring together UK and South African researchers. The ESRC and the NRF therefore invite...

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme

Concept Notes for Integrated Team Projects 2015: 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...

Call for Proposals - Sabbatical Grants for Completion of Doctoral Degrees (Closed Call for nominees)

In 2010 the Department of Science and Technology (DST) introduced the “Improving Academic Qualifications of Academic Staff and Researchers” funding to accelerate the training of doctoral candidates, as a once-off project. In 2013 the DST renewed its funding commitment and extended this to a three-year programme....

South Africa (NRF)/Poland (NCBR) – Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2016

The NRF and the NCBR of Poland signed the MoU on 11 December 2014 to foster scientific and technological cooperation by facilitating brain circulation between the two countries and support research development activities of scientific and technical cooperation between South African and Polish universities and research...

Calls for Nominations for NRF Research Excellence Awards

Information on two calls for nominations for: NRF Research Excellence Award for Emerging Researchers and NRF Research Excellence Award for outstanding Doctoral Candidates (Next Generation Researchers).

Call for Research and Innovation Reward Programme

The National Research Facilities Research and Innovation Reward Programme (RIRP) is aimed at improving the quality and quantity of research outputs from the researchers at the National Research Facilities (NFs) by making monetary awards for quality research outputs generated by the NFs.

Call for Nominations - Sabbatical Grants to Complete Doctoral Degrees

In 2010 the Department of Science and Technology (DST) introduced the “Improving Academic Qualifications of Academic Staff and Researchers” funding to accelerate the training of doctoral candidates, as a once-off project. In 2013 the DST renewed its funding commitment and extended this to a three-year programme....

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