The National Research Foundation was established as an independant government agency, through the National Research Foundation Act [Act No.23 of 1998].
The NRF receives its mandate from the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998, as amended). According to Section 3 of the Act, the object of the NRF is to contribute to national development by:
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR EVALUATION AND RATING – 2024
Announcement: Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) call on Democracy, Governance and Trust (DGT)
Call for Applications: Globalink Research Award Thematic Call
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2024 Academic Year
Invitation for Nominations for Professional Development Programme (PDP) Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023
2023 iThemba Labs Physics Summer School Call for Applications
Bi-annual Progress Reports: Postgraduate Scholarships 2022 – Mid-Year Reports
Announcement of Successful Applications for General Honours Scholarships 2023_July
Announcement of Successful Applications for the 2023 NRF Scarce Skills Post-Doctoral Fellowship
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Call for Proposals: Japan Science and Technology Agency / Japan International Cooperation Agency Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development
Africa’s leading research facility for accelerator based science. Probing fundamental structure and the origins of matter; Advancing the understanding of condensed matter; Impacting the Societal need through provision for the health and environmental sector
The iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences is the continents' biggest facility for particle and nuclear research.
The SAAO is a national facility of the NRF and the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa.
SAEON is a national platform for detecting, translating and predicting environmental change.
SAIAB provides unique skills and infrastructure support in marine, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems research, molecular research, collections and bioinformatics.
SARAO is a national facility of the NRF and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, (HartRAO) in Gauteng...
South Africa’s innovation revolution must assist in solving our society’s deep and pressing socio-economic challenges. Global competitiveness, shrinking resource availability, and the requirements of a skilled labour force mean that, increasingly, an awareness and understanding of why science and research are critical to our lives is essential for developing an innovation culture.
Within the next five years, the aim is to begin to more fully embed engagement in and with science in the core NRF missions of supporting and promoting new knowledge and growing new knowledge workers. This is led by the formulation of an acceptable NRF position on engaged research which will guide the NRF approach…
NRF | SAASTA is the NRF business division tasked with leading and coordinating the science engagement programme across the NRF and beyond. The NRF is equally committed to ensuring that the science engagement leadership and national coordination role…
The NRF provides leading-edge research infrastructure platforms that ensure that the national research enterprise has the requisite infrastructure to undertake globally competitive discovery science, train the next generation of researchers, support engagement with science by and with the public and promote innovation that positively impacts society, the environment, the economy.
The annual NRF Awards recognize and celebrate South African research excellence. The awards presented to researchers are in two categories, the ratings linked awards and special recognition awards.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) conducts its procurement of goods, services, and works in accordance with its Supply Chain Management Policy in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive, and cost-effective
The National Research Foundation (NRF) is guided by its Supply Chain Management Policy in its procurement of goods and services. The Policy sets out the prescripts issued by National Treasury with the exact note referenced in the footnotes. The Supply Chain Management policy adheres to the National Treasury’s prescribed supply chain system framework.
The NRF’s Supply Chain Management Policy and the conduct of supply chain management at the NRF seeks to give effect to section 217 of the South African Constitution which requires that all procurement of goods and services must be done in a manner that is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.
The National Research Foundation bid awards and contracts. Below is the latest award.
Infrastructure Bridging Funding – 2023 Framework and Funding Guide
NEP Infrastructure and Funding Guide 2022
NEP Financial Details_Calculation Spreadsheet
SARChI - Framework_Guide_NRF_Swiss Blockchain
DSI/NRF-Sasol Research Chair in Energy and Power System Modelling - Framework and Funding Guide
DSI/NRF-Sasol Research Chair in Green Hydrogen - Framework and Funding Guide
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarship Framework for 2023 Funding
Frequently Asked Questions_Postgraduate Funding
ISFAP – Application Consent Form
NRF Recognised Higher Education Institutions(HEIs)
NRF Statement of expectation for Postgradute Training 2023
DSI-NRF Honours Application and Funding Guide for 2023
DSI-NRF Master's and Doctoral Application and Funding Guide for 2023
SARAO Postgraduate Scholarships Application Guide for the 2023 Academic Year
Application_Eligibility Types_Rating Call 2023_Oct 2022
Benchmarking document_Rating Call 2023_Oct 2022
Guidelines for Scoring Reports_2022
Guidelines for Selection of Reviewers_Rating Call 2023
Key Research Areas and Types of Research Outputs_Rating Call 2023
Definitions of Rating Categories_Rating Call 2023_Oct 2022
Reviewer Response Template_2023
SARAO Applications for Undergraduate Block Grants – Application Form
SARAO Applications for Undergraduate Block Grants - Application Guide
SARAO Undergraduate Scholarships for 2023 – Application Guide
SARAO Bachelor in Engineering Technology Scholarship Programme – 2023 Application Guide
SARAO Diploma in Engineering Technology Scholarship Programme – 2023 Application Guide
Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships – 2023 Funding Framework
SARAO HCD Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023 Application Guide
Sasol-NRF Postdoctoral Innovation Fellowship - 2023 Funding Framework
South Africa (SA) - Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) Research and Innovation Grants Framework
South Africa (SA) - Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) Research and Innovation Grants Application Form
South Africa/China Joint Research Programme – 2023 Funding Framework
NRF/NSF Biodiversity on a Changing Planet (BoCP) – 2023 Funding Framework
South Africa/France (PROTEA) Call for Joint Project Proposals - 2023 Funding Guide
Italy/South Africa Joint Research Programme (ISARP) – 2023 Funding Guide
South Africa/Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – 2023 Funding Guide
NRF/Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) – 2023 Funding Guide
NRF/Dutch Research Council (NWO) – 2023 Funding Guide
South Africa/Japan (JSPS) - 2023 Funding Framework
New Earth Observation Frontiers (NEOFrontiers)
Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP) - 2023 Application Guide
Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP) - 2023 Funding Framework
Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP) - 2023 Gantt Chart
Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - 2023 Framework and Funding Guide
Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) Small Grants - 2022 Application Instruction Guide
Thuthuka - 2023 Application Guide
Thuthuka – 2023 Funding Framework
Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers (CSUR) - 2023 Funding Framework
Development Grants for Y-Rated Researchers – 2023 Funding Framework
Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR) - 2023 Funding Framework
New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) – 2022 Funding Framework
New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) - 2022 Funding Guide
International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) – 2022 Funding Guide
Equipment-Related Travel and Training Grants (ERTTG) - 2022 Funding Framework
DSI-NRF Conference Fund – 2023 Funding Guide
Knowledge, Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) – 2022 Funding Guide
International Science Council (ISC) – 2022 Funding Guide
National Research Foundation (NRF)/European Research Council (ERC) – 2022 Funding Guide
National Research Foundation (NRF)/European Research Council (ERC) - Implementing Arrangements 2021
Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) Period 2 – 2022 Funding Guide.
Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) Period 2 – 2022 Funding Guide
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