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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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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 /...

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - Small Grants 2018

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 priority knowledge needs relate to species occurrence,...

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