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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.

International Science Council (ISC) - Scientific Events / Travel Grants 2019

The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-governmental organisation with a unique global membership that brings together about 40 International Scientific Unions and Associations over 140 national and regional scientific organisations including Academies and Research Councils.

South Africa - Mozambique - Zambia Trilateral 2019

The government of South Africa, through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) completed and signed agreements with the governments of Zambia (NSTC) and Mozambique (FNI) on a Joint Bilateral basis respectively in order to implement key research areas for the three countries.

Complementary SASSCAL Call for South African Researchers 2019

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate and Land Management (SASSCAL) is a joint initiative between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia, in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In 2017 the first phase of the initiative popularly referred to as...

Earth Systems Science Research Programme (ESSRP) - 2019

Global change is universally recognised as a complex challenge to the well-being of societies and the environment. The development and spread of technology seeking to advance socio-economic development now affects the fundamental functioning of this planet.

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...

South Africa/China Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2019

Formal diplomatic relations between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China were established in January 1998. The relations were given impetus in 2001 through the creation of a Bi-National Commission to champion bilateral relations in seven sectoral committees, including science and technology. In line with...

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...

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...

South Africa – Joint Institute for Nuclear Research - Grants for Student Practice 2015

In 2005 the Republic of South Africa and the Russian Federation signed a memorandum of agreement 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 researchers, as...

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Masters and Doctoral Scholarships 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2016.

NRF Free-standing-Scarce Skills-Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship Call for 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2016.

Call for International Research Grant Annual Progress Reports (APRs) and KIC reports for 2014/15

The 2014/15 Annual Progress Report (also final report) and KIC templates (2014 &2015) are now available on the NRF online system at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

Study Support for Completing Part-time Doctoral Students 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2016.

Extension Scholarship Support for Masters and Doctoral Studies 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the call for applications for Extension Scholarship Support for Masters and Doctoral studies in 2016.

Equipment-related Travel and Training Grants 2015/2016

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.

Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers 2016

The Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers is a discipline-based funding instrument which supports principally basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in the disciplines of the Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences.

Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers 2016

The Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers is a discipline-based funding instrument which supports principally basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in the disciplines of the Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences.

South Africa/Japan Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call for Project Proposals 2016

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 led...

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International Science Council (ISC) - Scientific Events / Travel Grants 2019

The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-governmental organisation with a unique global membership that brings together about 40 International Scientific Unions and Associations over 140 national and regional scientific organisations including Academies and Research Councils.

South Africa - Mozambique - Zambia Trilateral 2019

The government of South Africa, through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) completed and signed agreements with the governments of Zambia (NSTC) and Mozambique (FNI) on a Joint Bilateral basis respectively in order to implement key research areas for the three countries.

Complementary SASSCAL Call for South African Researchers 2019

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate and Land Management (SASSCAL) is a joint initiative between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia, in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In 2017 the first phase of the initiative popularly referred to as...

Earth Systems Science Research Programme (ESSRP) - 2019

Global change is universally recognised as a complex challenge to the well-being of societies and the environment. The development and spread of technology seeking to advance socio-economic development now affects the fundamental functioning of this planet.

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.

South Africa/China Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2019

Formal diplomatic relations between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China were established in January 1998. The relations were given impetus in 2001 through the creation of a Bi-National Commission to champion bilateral relations in seven sectoral committees, including science and technology. In line with...

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...

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