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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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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...

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...

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.

Italy/South Africa Joint Research Programme (ISARP) 2018

South Africa and Italy have a long lasting bilateral partnership in science and technology. The first agreement was signed in January 1998 and implemented through this Joint Programme in 2000. The success of this partnership has led to the establishment of the new Programme, now known as ISARP, co-funded by DST/NRF...

NRF/STINT Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2018

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. The principle objective of the cooperation between the parties is to foster scientific and technological cooperation by...

NRF/BELSPO Joint Call for Proposals 2018

In January 2017, South Africa and Belgium signed a Science and Technology Agreement to facilitate and strengthen human capital development and research partnerships between South African and Belgian scientists. The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO...

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Human and Social Dynamics Call 2018

The Human and Social Dynamics funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports basic research in Social Science and the Humanities.

DST-NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom 2018

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.

Mexico/South Africa Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2018

On 19 April 2010, South Africa and Mexico entered into a science and technology (S&T) agreement which resulted in the development of a Programme of Cooperation (PoC) which serves as an implementation plan for joint programmes between the two countries. As a result of this PoC, joint researchers’ workshops on...

South Africa – Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (SA-JINR) – Mobility Grants for Researchers and Postgraduate Students 2017

In 2005 the Republic of South Africa and the Russian Federation signed a memorandum of agreement that led to South Africa becoming an associate member of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). The main objectives of the collaboration is to provide the South African research community with access to world-...

Jamaica/South Africa Joint Science and Technology Cooperation 2018

In 2016, South Africa (through the Department of Science and Technology) and Jamaica (through the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology) signed an Agreement on Science and Technology cooperation which led to the adoption of a Programme of Activity (PoA) on 17 November 2016. The PoA identifies the NRF and the...

Submission of Annual Progress Reports (APRs) for Established Researcher Projects funded in 2016

Grant-holders are requested to update their 2016 Research Outputs on their CVs on the NRF Online Submission System https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za. The 2016 outputs will be listed in the APR and grant-holders will be able to select the ones they wish to have included in the relevant Annual Progress Report.

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) – Concept Notes for Large Integrated Team Projects 2017

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 /...

Indigenous Knowledge Systems 2018

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...

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