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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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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...

SA/Tunisia Science and Technology Collaboration 2019

The Government of Tunisia and the Republic of South Africa signed an Agreement for cooperation in Science and Technology on September 16, 2010. The two countries have agreed to jointly support researchers from public universities and research institutes on an equal and mutually beneficial basis to enhance scientific...

Marine and Coastal Research 2019

The Marine and Coastal Research funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports research and associated human capacity development in the coastal and marine sectors in South Africa. The research themes addressed are based on the Marine Research Plan (2014-2024), and are underpinned by...

DHET-DST/NRF SARChI in Post-School Education and Training (PSET)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department for Higher Education and Training (DHET) seek to fill three Research Chairs in the area of Post-School Education and Training Post School Education and Training (PSET).

African Origins Platform (AOP) 2019

The African Origins Platform funding instrument is a discipline-specific funding instrument which supports research and associated human capacity development in the palaeosciences[1]. Research must align with the strategic goals of the 2012 South African Strategy for the Palaeosciences.

South Africa Cities Research Chairs 2018

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). SARChI is a strategic intervention of the South African government designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African universities and is aimed at...

NRF/NCBR Joint Science & Technology Research Collaboration 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) of Poland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11 December 2014. The principle objective of the cooperation between the Parties is to foster scientific and technological cooperation by...

Community Engagement Programme 2019

The Community Engagement Funding Instrument is a competitive funding instrument, which provides the space for research that contributes both to knowledge production within the ambit of community engagement (here community is defined in its broadest sense); as well as research on the processes and dynamics of...

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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.

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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