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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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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.

Internship Programme - Applicants 2017

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...

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