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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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Knowledge, Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) 2018 – 2nd Call

The Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) is pleased to announce the second 2018 mobility call. The purpose of the KIC funding instrument is to contribute to the following objectives: Internationalising South Africa’s research platform; Enhancing networking within the global science system; Fostering...

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...

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Newton Fund RCUK-NRF International PhD Partnering Scheme Call

Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) are pleased to invite applications to the Newton Fund RCUK-NRF International PhD Partnering Scheme.

Call Schedule for 2015

Attached find the 2015 RISA Call Schedule, while we would like to adhere to the Schedule to the best of our ability, we might from time to time be requested by our funding partners to alter the set dates. If this becomes the case, we will inform you.

NRF - Green Economy Postdoctoral Fellowship Call 2015

The NRF is pleased to announce the call for applications for Green Economy Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2015.

Research and Technology Fund 2015

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) invites applications from researchers at South African Universities, Science Councils and DAFF Provincial Research Centres.

Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2015

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...

African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) 2015

The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) is a research platform which aims to provide access to research infrastructure (e.g. ship’s time, remote operated vehicles, dive teams etc.) and associated funding to the research community to undertake research along the east coast of South Africa.

SARChI Chairs 2015

The Minister of Science and Technology, Mrs Naledi Pandor approved funding for the awarding of 23 additional Research Chairs to expand the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI which was established in 2006 as a strategic intervention of the South African government to increase scientific research capacity...

Infrastructure Bridging Finance Call 2015

The Infrastructure Bridging Programme makes available, non-interest bearing bridging finance, to a maximum value of R5 million per Public SA University, to support physical infrastructural requirements needed to support either the acquisition of, or upgrade to, state-of-the-art equipment or platform research projects...

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