Announcement of NRF One Call for Proposals 2021/2022

Announcement of NRF One Call for Proposals 2021/2022
Opening Date 09 February 2021
Closing Date 31 December 2021
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During the last four years the National Research Foundation (NRF) has embarked on a process designed to enhance and simplify the NRF administrative interface with Researchers, Students and Designated Authorities. This has been done by streamlining its application templates and its Call Opening process, in line with the forthcoming Research Support Strategies by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the NRF.

The NRF therefore has pleasure in announcing the opening of the NRF One Call for Proposals.

The Call includes the following funding categories:

  1. Concept Notes
  2. Institutional Grants
  3. Postdoctoral Grants
  4. Research Grants: General
  5. Research Grants: International
  6. Research Grants: Thuthuka
  7. Research Grants: Without Student Support
  8. Travel, Training and Conference Grants
  9. Travel, Training and Conference Grants: Scholarship- and Fellowship-holders

Applications must be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at

All Framework and Funding and Application Guide documents as well as the General Application Guide 2022, are available on the NRF website at These documents should also be consulted for the relevant contact persons for each Funding Instrument.

Institutional Cut-off dates

Applications must reach the NRF by the cut-off dates as indicated in Appendix 1 of the General Application Guide 2022, published on the website (see link above). Institutions should set their own much earlier internal closing dates for applications to be submitted to the Research Office or equivalent.

NRF Postgraduate Scholarships and SARAO Undergraduate and Diploma Scholarships applications will be available from 01 April 2020. Call details and deadline dates will be announced when the calls are opened.

Applicants are encouraged to first engage their institutional authorities, i.e. Research/Postgraduate Office (or equivalent) for information and advice on application submission.

The NRF Support Desk may be contacted for technical assistance, as follows:


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