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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 African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) 2018

The South African National Antarctic Programme invites applications to an OPEN CALL for a three year funding cycle (2018-2020). All application materials must be submitted electronically via the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2017 – First 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...

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - Small Grants 2017

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 priority knowledge needs relate to species occurrence,...

LEAP-Agri Call Launch: African European Collaborative Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture for Food and Nutrition Security

The LEAP-agri partners are pleased to announce the launch of the LEAP-Agri joint call for pre-proposals entitled: African European Collaborative Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture for Food and Nutrition Security. This joint transnational research and innovation call is co-funded by the following...

DST-NRF Collaborative Postgraduate Training Call for 2018

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are pleased to announce the Collaborative Postgraduate Training call. This three-year block grant application is open to lead applicants from public universities in South Africa. If part-time doctoral students are nominated, the...

Submission of Final Progress Reports for Nanotechnology Flagships Project

This serves to inform you that the system has now been opened for the submission of the Nanotechnology Flagships Project Final Progress Reports (FPRs) for 2016/2017 Financial Year. Please note that this will be the last submission of the progress reports for this funding instrument.

South Africa/Oman Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2017 Joint Call for Research Proposals

South Africa, through the Department of Science and Technology (DST) completed and signed an agreement with the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, appointing the NRF and the Sultan Qaboos University of Oman (SQU) as implementing agencies for this partnership. The aim of the agreement is to contribute to scientific...

Infrastructure Bridging Funding 2016/17

The Infrastructure Bridging Funding makes available, non-interest bearing bridging funding to a maximum value of R5 million and depending on the size of the NRF grants per institution, to support the physical infrastructural requirements needed to support either the acquisition or upgrade to state-of-the art research...

Emerging Researchers - Call for Final Reports

All grantholders whose funding ended in 2016, should submit a Final Report.

National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)/NRF Cooperation 2018

Following the successful Geoscience workshop held in November 2016 in Beijing China, the NSFC and the NRF are pleased to announce the second joint call for research proposals.

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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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