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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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SANCOR 2017/2018 International Travel Student Award

The South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR) is a non-statutory body that generates and communicates knowledge and advice in order to promote the informed use and management of the marine and coastal environments. SANCOR is managed by the Knowledge Fields Development Directorate of the National...

South Africa-Joint Institute For Nuclear Research (Sa-Jinr) Collaboration

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 agreement enabled the establishment of research collaboration between South African and JINR...

NRF - TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships Call for 2018

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) are pleased to announce the provisional awards for the 2016 NRF - TWAS Doctoral (Table 2) and African Renaissance (Table 2) Doctoral Fellowships Call. The fellowships have...

Study Support for Completing Part-time Doctoral Studies Call for 2018

The DST and NRF are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Study Support for Completing Part-time Doctoral Studies in 2018. These scholarships are open to South African citizens or permanent residents only. The funding programme aims to provide funding to part-time registered Doctoral students...

Extension Scholarships for Masters & Doctoral Students 2018

The DST and NRF are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Extension Scholarships for Masters and Doctoral Students for 2018. The funding programme aims to increase graduation and throughput rates for full-time masters and doctoral students in South Africa, by providing additional funding for six (6)...

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Masters and Doctoral 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2018 in the following categories: Free-standing, Innovation, and Scarce Skills Development fund Masters and...

DST-NRF/CSIR - Research Chairs in Waste & Climate Change in South Africa 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have approved funding for the awarding of two (2) Research Chairs in Waste and Climate Change, and Waste and Society. The South African Research Chairs Initiative was...

DST-NRF/SAMRC - Research Chair in Biostatistics in South Africa 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) have approved funding for the awarding of one (1) Research Chair in Biostatistics in South Africa, under the SARChI funding instrument. SARChI was established in 2006 as a...

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