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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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Request for Progress Reports for 2017

The system has been opened for the submission of the 2017 Progress Reports (PRs). Motivations for the Carry Forward of unspent funds, according to Guide for Carry Forwards, are incorporated in the financial section of the Progress Reports.

DST-NRF Internship Programme 2018/19

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is responsible for the management of the DST-NRF Internship Programme in which unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and postgraduates (including those in Social Sciences and Humanities) are offered an opportunity to acquire practical work experience...

ICSU-South Africa Scientific Events/Travel Grants 2017

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

Applications for Evaluation and Rating - 2018

Applicants are invited to submit applications for evaluation and rating at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

Knowledge, Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) Scientific Events/Travel Grants 2017 Second Call

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...

BRICS Multilateral Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call 2018

In line with the objectives of the Moscow Declaration and the BRICS STI framework the NRF is pleased to announce the 2nd BRICS Multilateral Call for 2018 joint projects, and herewith invite all interested parties to submit their applications, by a date no later than 1 December 2017.

ESASTAP 2020 Call for Twinning Activities in Marine Sciences 2018

The project on Strengthening of Technology Research and Innovation (R&I) between Europe and South Africa (ESASTAP 2020) and its predecessors (i.e. FP6 and FP7 INCO projects SAccess, ESASTAP, ESASTAP-2 and ESASTAP Plus) have been instrumental in enhancing the success of the SA-European Union (EU) Research and...

NRF–FRF Sabbatical Grant 2018

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the FirstRand Foundation (FRF) have partnered to pursue the goal of increasing the proportion of suitably qualified Black (especially African Black) academic staff and academic staff with disabilities, at South African public universities, by establishing the NRF-FRF...

DST-NRF Conference Fund 2018

The DST-NRF Conference Fund is intended to support the hosting of international conferences focused on excellent scientific research that has potential for socio-economic impact. The funding platform makes provision for strategic, large events of an international nature, hosted in South Africa, or on behalf of South...

Submission of Thuthuka Budget Motivations for funding in 2018

The Thuthuka Budget Motivation Request for continued funding in 2018, must be submitted by all grantholders receiving Thuthuka funding in 2017 and who are eligible for continued funding for their existing NRF funded project.

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DST-NRF/SAMRC - Research Chair in Biostatistics in South Africa 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) have approved funding for the awarding of one (1) Research Chair in Biostatistics in South Africa, under the SARChI funding instrument. SARChI was established in 2006 as a...

DST/NRF/Nedbank - Research Chair in National Development Plan (NDP) Priority Area 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Nedbank have approved funding for the awarding of two (2) Research Chairs in Research Chair in National Development Plan (NDP) Priority Area under the SARChI funding instrument. The South African Research Chairs Initiative was...

DST/NRF Research Chair in Sugarcane Bio-refining 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of one (1) Research Chair in Sugarcane Bio-refining. The South African Research Chairs Initiative was established in 2006 as a strategic intervention of the South African Government to...

DST/NRF/ Research Chair in Poultry Health and Production in South Africa 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of one (1) Research Chair in Poultry Health and Production in South Africa. The South African Research Chairs Initiative was established in 2006 as a strategic intervention of the South...

South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018

The South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) is a non-statutory body that generates and communicates knowledge and advice in order to promote the informed use and management of the marine and coastal environments. SANCOR is managed by the Knowledge Fields Development Directorate of the National...

SASAC High-level Systems Analysis Capacity Strengthening Three Week Programme 2017

Building on the successes of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), the South African National Research Foundation (NMO) and the Department of Science and Technology have decided to evolve and expand its activities to develop capacity for systems analysis in South Africa and the wider region...

Iran/South Africa Joint Science and Technology Research Call 2018

On 31 May 2000, the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of the Islamic Republic of Iran (MSRT) signed an Agreement with the objective of enhancing scientific relations between South Africa and Iran. With this Agreement, the Parties intend to...

Japan/South Africa Call for Joint Research Projects 2018

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) as implementing agencies.

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