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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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Knowledge, Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) 2018 – 2nd Call

The Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) is pleased to announce the second 2018 mobility call. The purpose of the KIC funding instrument is to contribute to the following objectives: Internationalising South Africa’s research platform; Enhancing networking within the global science system; Fostering...

China-South Africa Young Scientist Exchange Programme 2019

The South Africa-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme (YSEP) is a joint initiative of the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the Peoples’ Republic of China. It is funded by the Governments of South Africa and China with the aim of cultivating future leading scientists between the two countries.

Thuthuka Budget Motivations 2019

The Thuthuka Budget Motivation Request for continued funding in 2019, must be submitted by all grantholders receiving Thuthuka funding in 2018 and who are eligible for continued funding for their existing NRF funded project.

National Research Foundation (NRF) - International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) 2019

The NRF-ICTP research collaborative agreement aims to provide a platform for undertaking world-class research and human capacity development by facilitating accessing to state-of-the-art research equipment and expertise that are not available in the country but are available at the ICTP in Italy.

South Africa / Japan Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2019

On 28 August 2003, South Africa signed an agreement on cooperation in science and technology with Japan, followed two years later by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The implementation of the NRF/JSPS MoU has...

Equipment-Related Travel and Training Grants 2018/19

The rationale of 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 institution, regionally or nationally.

NRF/STINT Science and Technology Research Collaboration

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 to launch calls for joint research project proposals. Through

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...

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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...

DST/NRF/Nedbank - Research Chair in National Development Plan (NDP) Priority Area 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Nedbank have approved funding for the awarding of two (2) Research Chairs in Research Chair in National Development Plan (NDP) Priority Area under the SARChI funding instrument. The South African Research Chairs Initiative was...

DST/NRF Research Chair in Sugarcane Bio-refining 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have approved funding for the awarding of one (1) Research Chair in Sugarcane Bio-refining. The South African Research Chairs Initiative was established in 2006 as a strategic intervention of the South African Government to...

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