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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 Funding Instrument - Call for 2016 Annual Progress Reports

The 2016 Annual Progress Report (APR) must be completed by the current continuing Thuthuka grantholders that submitted a Budget Motivation, have been awarded funding for 2017 and have received award letters. Grantholders in the PhD track must submit proof of registration as an attachment to the APR.

Call for Nominations - NRF Awards 2017

The mandate of the National Research Foundation (NRF) stipulates that the organisation supports and promotes research in the broadest sense. The annual NRF Awards ceremony recognises South African scientists for research excellence as indicated through the NRF rating system, and also provides a platform to honour...

Call for Submission of Final Progress Reports for Natural History Museums Collections 2017 Financial Year

This serves to inform you that the system has now been opened for the submission of the Natural History Museums Collections at Museums (NHCM) Annual Progress Reports (APR’s) for 2016/2017 Financial Year. Please note that this will be the last submission of APRs for this funding instrument and thus all outputs should...

DST-NRF/SAIMI Research Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering (PGE) 2017

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of a Research Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering (PGE) under the SARChI funding instrument.

DHET-DST/NRF Research Chairs in Post School Education and Training (PSET) 2017

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of six (6) Research Chairs in Post School Education and Training (PSET) under the SARChI funding instrument.

DST-NRF/DAFF Sanitary Risk Analysis in South Africa (SPS) Research Chair

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of a Sanitary Risk Analysis (SPS) in South Africa Research Chair under the SARChI funding instrument.

DST-NRF SARChI Chairs for National Research Facilities

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of a Research Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and Engineering (PGE) under the SARChI funding instrument.

Communities of Practice

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of Communities of Practice to existing Research Chairs under the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) funding instrument.

PRE ANNOUNCEMENT: Joint Africa-EU Call on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture (LEAP-Agri)

This joint transnational research call of LEAP-AGRI is co-funded by the following partnering African and European countries –Africa (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda), Europe (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Spain), as...

Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers 2017

In 2007, Universities South Africa (USAf) previously known as the Higher Education South Africa (HESA) conducted a review of the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) evaluation and rating system. At the conclusion of the review, HESA acknowledged and endorsed the value that evaluation and rating of individuals add to...

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African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) 2018

The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) is a research platform which aims to provide access to research infrastructure (e.g. ship’s time, coastal craft, remote operated vehicles, etc.) and associated funding to the research community to undertake multi-disciplinary marine research along the east and south...

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 /...

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