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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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Submission of Final Progress Reports for Nanotechnology Flagships Project

This serves to inform you that the system has now been opened for the submission of the Nanotechnology Flagships Project Final Progress Reports (FPRs) for 2016/2017 Financial Year. Please note that this will be the last submission of the progress reports for this funding instrument.

South Africa/Oman Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2017 Joint Call for Research Proposals

South Africa, through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) completed and signed an agreement with the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, appointing the NRF and the Sultan Qaboos University of Oman (SQU) as implementing agencies for this partnership. The aim of the agreement is to contribute to scientific...

Infrastructure Bridging Funding 2016/17

The Infrastructure Bridging Funding makes available, non-interest bearing bridging funding to a maximum value of R5 million and depending on the size of the NRF grants per institution, to support the physical infrastructural requirements needed to support either the acquisition or upgrade to state-of-the art research...

Emerging Researchers - Call for Final Reports

All grantholders whose funding ended in 2016, should submit a Final Report.

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)/NRF Cooperation 2018

Following the successful Geoscience workshop held in November 2016 in Beijing China, the NSFC and the NRF are pleased to announce the second joint call for research proposals.

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...

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