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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.

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...

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.

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...

NRF/NSF International Research Coordination Networks (IRCNs) Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration

he National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Biological Sciences and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have formed a partnership to promote opportunities for collaboration between researchers of the United States and South Africa. This collaboration offers the United States and South African researchers an...

Funding Opportunity Announcement - NRF/DFG Partnership on International Research Training Groups (IRTGs)

The NRF has entered into a new partnership agreement with the DFG of Germany to jointly fund International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) between the two countries. IRTGs are structured Doctoral Programmes aimed at training scientists and academics at different stages of their careers, with a particular emphasis on...

Indo-South African Flagship Programme in Astronomy 2015

India and South Africa share common aspirations for scientific and technological development, and for the growth of human capital resources. The countries are members of the BRICS consortium, and have a current bi-lateral agreement to foster joint progress. Their shared goals are particularly apparent in the area of...

UK – South Africa Researcher Links Grants for Travel and Hosting of Scientific Events 2015

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa in partnership with prominent UK academies (i.e. the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society) and the British Council is pleased to invite applications for the UK – South Africa Researcher Links grants. These grants will support...

Sabbatical Grants to Complete Doctoral Degrees Funding Instrument - 2015 Call for Final Reports

All grantholders that received 2014 funding from the above Funding Instrument are requested to submit a 2015 Final Report. The required expenditure report is included in this Final Report.

ESRC/NRF Newton Call for Collaborative Research Urban Transformations in South Africa 2016

The ESRC and the NRF recognize that the very best research can be fostered by working with, and benchmarking against the best researchers internationally. To this end, both parties wish to develop collaborative activities that bring together UK and South African researchers. The ESRC and the NRF therefore invite...

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme

Concept Notes for Integrated Team Projects 2015: The primary focus of the Programme is to generate, mobilize, co-ordinate and make accessible foundational biodiversity knowledge in line with the needs of society, the Department of Science & Technology (DST) Global Change Programme and the bio-economy. The main...

Call for Proposals - Sabbatical Grants for Completion of Doctoral Degrees (Closed Call for nominees)

In 2010 the Department of Science and Technology (DST) introduced the “Improving Academic Qualifications of Academic Staff and Researchers” funding to accelerate the training of doctoral candidates, as a once-off project. In 2013 the DST renewed its funding commitment and extended this to a three-year programme....

South Africa (NRF)/Poland (NCBR) – Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2016

The NRF and the NCBR of Poland signed the MoU on 11 December 2014 to foster scientific and technological cooperation by facilitating brain circulation between the two countries and support research development activities of scientific and technical cooperation between South African and Polish universities and research...

Calls for Nominations for NRF Research Excellence Awards

Information on two calls for nominations for: NRF Research Excellence Award for Emerging Researchers and NRF Research Excellence Award for outstanding Doctoral Candidates (Next Generation Researchers).

Call for Research and Innovation Reward Programme

The National Research Facilities Research and Innovation Reward Programme (RIRP) is aimed at improving the quality and quantity of research outputs from the researchers at the National Research Facilities (NFs) by making monetary awards for quality research outputs generated by the NFs.

Call for Nominations - Sabbatical Grants to Complete Doctoral Degrees

In 2010 the Department of Science and Technology (DST) introduced the “Improving Academic Qualifications of Academic Staff and Researchers” funding to accelerate the training of doctoral candidates, as a once-off project. In 2013 the DST renewed its funding commitment and extended this to a three-year programme....

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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...

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