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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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International Science Council (ISC) - Scientific Events / Travel Grants 2019

The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-governmental organisation with a unique global membership that brings together about 40 International Scientific Unions and Associations over 140 national and regional scientific organisations including Academies and Research Councils.

South Africa - Mozambique - Zambia Trilateral 2019

The government of South Africa, through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) completed and signed agreements with the governments of Zambia (NSTC) and Mozambique (FNI) on a Joint Bilateral basis respectively in order to implement key research areas for the three countries.

Complementary SASSCAL Call for South African Researchers 2019

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate and Land Management (SASSCAL) is a joint initiative between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia, in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In 2017 the first phase of the initiative popularly referred to as...

Earth Systems Science Research Programme (ESSRP) - 2019

Global change is universally recognised as a complex challenge to the well-being of societies and the environment. The development and spread of technology seeking to advance socio-economic development now affects the fundamental functioning of this planet.

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.


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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...

Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers 2015

In 2007, Higher Education South Africa (HESA) conducted a review of the National Research Foundation’s evaluation and rating system. Following this review, HESA acknowledged and endorsed the value that evaluation and rating add to the NRF’s research support and advancement vision. The report of the review recommended...

Energy Research Programme

Application for a Travel Grant from the South African International Council for Science (ICSU) 2015

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

South African Research Chairs Initiative Call: Notice of Intent to Apply

Call for Applications for the Young Scientists Summer Program

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), located in Schloss Laxenburg, Austria, is an international institution, supported by twenty member nations, engaged in scientific research aimed at providing policy insight on issues of importance in the following global problem areas and programs:...

Extension Bursary Support for Masters and Doctoral Studies 2015

The NRF is pleased to announce the call for applications for extended support of NRF Master’s and doctoral study for 2015 for NRF Free-standing and NRF Grant-holder-linked Programmes.