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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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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.

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.

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...

Marine and Coastal Research 2019

The Marine and Coastal Research funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports research and associated human capacity development in the coastal and marine sectors in South Africa. The research themes addressed are based on the Marine Research Plan (2014-2024), and are underpinned by...

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).

African Origins Platform (AOP) 2019

The African Origins Platform funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports research and associated human capacity development in the palaeosciences[1]. Research must align with the strategic goals of the 2012 South African Strategy for the Palaeosciences.

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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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