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About NRF Awards

The annual NRF Awards recognise and celebrate South African research excellence. The awards presented to researchers are in two categories, the ratings linked awards and special recognition awards. The rating linked awards are given to those who have qualified for an A or P rating, as evaluated through the peer review based NRF rating system. The special recognition awards provide a platform to honour researchers for career achievements and contributions to knowledge creation and dissemination, as well as capacity development and transformation.


Lifetime Achievement

NRF Excelleration Award for South African Research Institutions

Research Capacity Development and Transformation at SA Higher Education Institutions

Hamilton Naki Award

Excellence in Science Engagement Award

A-Rated Researchers

P-Rated Researchers

Research Excellence Award for Early Career / Emerging Researchers

Research Excellence Award for Next Generation Researchers



NRF Awards Principal Sponsors: Elsevier and Thomson Reuters