Centres of Excellence (CoE)
- The applicant must be an established researcher and hold a Doctoral degree, and must have a strong network of collaborators and fellow researchers working in similar and different, but related research fields
Community Engagement Programme
- The Community Engagement Programme is a competitive funding instrument providing the space for research that contributes both to knowledge production within the ambit of community engagement (where ‘community’ is defined in its broadest sense), as well as to research on the processes and dynamics of engagement from the perspective of the higher education sector.
Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR)
The CPRR is a discipline-based funding instrument that supports mainly basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in the Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences. As a competitive funding instrument, the main eligibility criteria are:
- The current NRF rating of the principal applicant; and
- The scientific merit of the research proposal.
Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers (CSUR)
- The aim of this funding instrument is to provide research support to researchers, working in any research field, who do not, for a variety of reasons, hold a current NRF rating and who are not participating in any of the NRF capacity development funding instruments
Education Research in South Africa
The Call for funding for Education Research in South Africa seeks research proposals that address:
- The overarching theme of ‘Teaching and learning interactions that shape the qualitative outcomes of education’ at all levels of the education and training system
- National priorities in South Africa (a strong indication must be provided)
- Systemic implications (either through large-scale empirical research or meta-analyses of past/existing small-scale research projects)
Human Capital Development for Multi-Wavelength Astronomy
- This funding instrument is aimed at researchers at South African higher education institutions or national research facilities working under the rubric of multi-wavelength astronomy, including optical and gamma-ray astronomy and the supporting theory.
Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers (IFRR)
The IFRR funding instrument was created with the aim of incentivising excellent research. The collateral objectives of the funding instrument include encouraging researchers to:
- Subject themselves for rating;
- Maintain their ratings
- Attain ever higher ratings until they reach the top rating
Knowledge Fields Development (KFD)
- The NRF’s Knowledge Fields Development Directorate identifies and coordinates a number of knowledge fields development activities for implementation each year supported through short-term once-off grants.
Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration (KIC)
- The KIC funding instrument offers researchers funding for local or international travel; support grants to host an event such as a conference or symposium; and mobility grants to support local or international travel for research or training on specific equipment that is not available in the applicant’s institution or in South Africa, and is not supported by the NRF’s Equipment-related Travel and Training Grants funding instrument
Nanotechnology Flagships Project (NFP) for Emerging Researchers
- This funding instrument award 3-year development grants to early career researchers in the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
Research Career Advancement Fellowships
- These fellowships are aimed at supporting the training of individuals for research leadership in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematical Sciences (STEM) at public universities.
Sabbatical Grants for Completion of Doctoral Degrees
- The Sabbatical grant seeks to accelerate the training of Doctoral candidates in order to improve the qualifications of employed academics and enhance their research and supervisory capacity and is aimed at addressing this problem for individuals in the final stages of their Doctoral studies.
South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP)
- SANAP supports research in the Southern Ocean, including the Southern Ocean islands (Marion Island, Prince Edward Island and Gough Island) and Antarctica in the fields of Earth Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences, Oceanographic Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences, Law and Humanities
South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI)
- SARChI is a strategic intervention of the South African government designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at SA universities
Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP)
- To qualify, the proposed project must be a high-quality Science, Engineering and/or Technology research project with financial support from an industry partner (preferably an SMME).
Thuthuka Funding Instrument
- Thuthuka aims to develop human capital and to improve the research capacities of designated researchers (black [African, Indian or Coloured], female or persons with disabilities) with the ultimate aim of redressing historical imbalances.