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Library Research Navigator: Destination 2: Funding

Your preliminary source of information and guidance as you begin or continue with your research journey.

What is Research Funding

In general, a research grant can refer to anything from a sum of money given to a researcher for all expenses, to a grant that is limited to only funding certain parts of research, such as a first or second trial.

Panel Review and Research Problem Statement

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NRF Research Grants

Info Ed - Spin Funding Opportunities

SPIN is web-based for access from anywhere, easy to use out-of-the-box, and can be customized to bring back precisely the results you want.  Perfect for both individual and administrative users, SPIN offers active searching, automated opportunity matching, and daily opportunity notifications

Research Information Management Systems

The objectives of the South African Research and Information Management Programme (RIMS)are twofold. Firstly to provide a common application platform for publicly funded research institutions to support their research administration processes.

National Research Foundation (NRF)

The NRF is a centralised entity of the research funding agencies that were previously servicing various sections of the research community, namely the former Centre for Science Development (CSD) of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the former Foundation for Research Development (FRD) that included several National Research Facilities.

NRF Research Grants

Grants Management & Systems Administration (GMSA)

  • Free-standing scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships, for which students/postdoctoral research fellows apply online and compete individually

Freestanding Scholarships & Fellowships

  • Innovation scholarships allow applications both South African citizens,  permanent residents and foreign nationals

Scarce Skills Development Fund Scholarships/Fellowships

  • This scholarship aims at addressing the shortage of qualified graduates in certain identified key areas of in the biological, medical, mathematical and natural sciences, financial management, information technology and computer sciences, engineering, demography and tourism.

DAAD/NRF Joint In-country Scholarships

  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in partnership with the NRF offers a scholarship aimed at the development of university staff as well as other sectors requiring academically trained personnel. The programme addresses candidates who are acquiring their Master’s or doctoral degrees.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Scholarships (RSES)

The RSES scholarship is designed to enhance science, engineering and technology (SET) enrolment into postgraduate studies (Master’s and PhD) i

Doctoral Studies in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DSEE)

  • This opportunity is made available to students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in energy efficiency at Concordia University in Canada.

South African Nuclear Human Asset and Research Programme (SANHARP) Scholarships

  • SANHARP’s aim is to expand the skills and research capacity of the nuclear industry, supporting mathematics and science learners who are part of the Energy Human Capital Development & Knowledge Generation Programme as well as undergraduate and postgraduate studies at universities

Blue Skies Research Programme

  • This is a highly competitive funding instrument that aims to bring about new and unpredictable scientific/technological/scholarly discoveries

Equipment-related Travel and Training Grants

  • Funds are available for both national and international travel in order to support researchers who require access to equipment that is not available either regionally and/or nationally.

Global Change, Society and Sustainability Research Programme (GCSSRP)

  • GCSSRP is a long-term large-scale structured and coordinated research funding instrument implemented to address the identified fundamental research questions and provide research-based evidence required for socioeconomic development, sustainability and social cohesion.

Preparing Grant Applications & Applying For Funding

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What Makes A Good Research Funding Application