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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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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...

South Africa-Canada Chairs Initiative (SACRI) in Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Canadian Development Research Centre (IDRC) are pleased to announce that the following two calls for funding from 2017 onwards: South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partners Initiative; and the South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Mobility...

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