The NRF in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) hosted the 20-year Celebration of their partnership, including collaboration on a joint In-Country Postgraduate Scholarship Programme. The event was held on 1 November 2017 at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and highlighted successes of the partnership since its inception.
Following a intensive and rigorous review process involving international experts, the National Research Foundation has approved the funding of R35 million for a Nuclear Spectrometer. GAMKA, which stands for GAMma-ray spectrometer for Knowledge in Africa and the name, stems from the Khoisan word for “lion.” The new equipment will bolster the country’s ability to perform cutting edge nuclear research.
On Tuesday, 24 November 2015, the NRF concluded a scientific agreement with three French institutions – L’Institut Recherché Pour le Development (IRD), Le Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique (CNRS) and Le Centre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherché Agronomique Pour le Development (CIRAD) – at the French Ambassador’s residence in Pretoria.
A South African project entitled MultiLing in Partnership with South Africa’s Top Universities has been successful in obtaining a grant through the International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research (INTPART) call, facilitated by the Research Council of Norway (RCN).