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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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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...

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...

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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...

Equipment-related Travel and Training Grants 2016/2017 Call for Applications

The rationale for this Funding Instrument is to make funds available to support the broader science community to access state-of-the-art research equipment that is not available at the home research institution, regionally or nationally. The grants are divided into two categories: Equipment-related Travel Grants and...

Announcement of Successful Applications for 2017 Thuthuka Grants

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the provisional awards for the 2016 Thuthuka Call.

Research Career Award Programme - Submission of 2016 Annual Progress Reports for 2017 Funding

The 2016 Annual Progress Reports (APRs) have to be completed by grantholders funded in 2016 that require continued funding for their existing NRF-funded project in 2017. This Call for APR applies to the following funding instrument only: Research Career Award Programme.

Emerging Researchers - Call for 2016 Annual Progress Reports for 2017 Funding

The 2016 Annual Progress Reports (APRs) have to be completed by NRF students/fellows funded in the 2016 academic year that require continued funding for their existing NRF-funded project in 2017.

Pre-call Announcement: 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 will be launched: 1. South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Trilateral Partners Initiative; and South Africa-Canada Research Chairs Mobility Initiative.

2016 Annual Progress Reports - Established Researchers

Grant-holders are requested to update their 2016 Research Outputs on their CV on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

South Africa / Namibia Bilateral Research Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Department of Science and Technology (DST)/ the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology of Namibia have approved funding for the awarding of a Bilateral Research Chair in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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