Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
SharePoint
Call
  

​South Africa (NRF) / Switzerland (Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Lead Agency

The NRF has formalised a Lead Agency Procedure agreement with the Swiss National Science Foundation. Funding will be made available for the following research activities:  Research-related costs, staff exchange programmes, doctoral research placements and knowledge sharing costs (science engagement and research uptake). There are no thematic restrictions in terms of topic priorities. 

4/1/2021

 NRF Funding Calls

Please find below a list of NRF funding calls sorted according to closing dates.

•             Please consult your institution for the internal closing date, which will be earlier than the DA closing date.

•             Click here for the call documents, including the General Application Guide 2021 and Multiple Grant Eligibility Criteria for 2020/2021 Funding.

NRF Calls listed in chronological order:

Category

Funding Opportunity

Funding Year

Review Period

Cut-off date for DAs

Screening & Review

Funding Decision Outcomes

Targeted Grants

DSI/NRF Research Development Grants for New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) Scholars (Closed Call)

2020

1

26-Feb-20

20-Mar

20-Mar

Infrastructure Bridging Finance

Infrastructure Bridging Finance

2020

1

28-Feb-20

20-Mar

20-Mar

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

Equipment Related Travel & Training 1st Call

2020

1

28-Feb-20

Mar – May 20

20-Jun

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

ICTP – NRF Bilateral 1st Call

2020

1

16-Mar-20

Mar – May 20

20-Jun

Internship Programme

Host Institutions

2021

1

20-Mar-20

20-Mar

20-Mar

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

DSI/NRF Conference Fund

2021

1

20-Mar-20

Apr – Jun 20

20-Jul

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

ISC Grants for Travel & Hosting of Events

2020

1

20-Mar-20

20-May

20-Jun

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

ERC Mobility

2020

1

20-Mar-20

Apr – May 20

20-May

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

Knowledge Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) 1st Call

2020

1

20-Mar-20

Apr – May 20

20-May

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

Germany (IRTGs) Preparatory Workshop

2021

1

20-Mar-20

Apr – May 20

20-Jun

Research Grants: International

SA / Brazil (FAPESP) Joint Call for Proposals (Closed Call)

2021

1

30-Mar-20

Apr – Dec 20

21-Jan

Research Grants: International

Africa - Japan Collaborative Research (AJ-CORE) Call for Proposals

2021

1

30-Mar-20

Apr – Dec 20

21-Jan

Research Grants: International

NRF / NSF (USA) Joint Research Programme on Dimensions of Biodiversity

2021

1

30-Mar-20

Apr – Jun 20

20-Jun

Research Grants: International

SA / France (PROTEA) Joint Call for Proposals

2021

1

30-Mar-20

Apr – Dec 20

21-Jan

Research Grants: International

South Africa / China Joint Call for Proposals

2021

1

30-Mar-20

Apr – Dec 20

21-Jan

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

Travel, Training and Conference Grants: Scholarship- & Fellowship-holders

2020

Throughout the year

31-Mar-20

Directly after each cut off date

Concept Notes

Concept Notes for Large Integrated Projects -Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP)

2020

1

30-Apr-20

20-May

20-Jun

Customised Programme

Customised Interventions

2020

1

30-Apr-20

20-May

20-Jun

Infrastructure Grants

National Equipment Programme

2021

1

30-Apr-20

May - Aug 20

20-Aug

Postdoctoral grants

Postdoctoral Fellowships (Including SARAO Postdoctoral Fellowships)

2021

1

30-Apr-20

Jun – Oct 20

20-Nov

Research Grants: General

Black Academics Advancement Programme

2021

1

30-Apr-20

May – Jul 20

20-Nov

Research Grants: General

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - Small Grants

2020

1

30-Apr-20

20-May

20-Jun

Research Grants: General

Global Change Social Sciences Research Programme

2021

1

30-Apr-20

May – Jun 20

20-Jul

Research Grants: General

Support for Rated and Unrated Researchers

2021

1

30-Apr-20

May – Aug 20

Sept 20

Research Grants: General

African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP)

2021

1

30-Apr-20

May – Jun 20

20-Jun

Research Grants: General

SA National Antarctic Programme (SANAP)

2021

1

30-Apr-20

May – Jun 20

20-Jun

Research Grants: International

Russia: JINR Research Grants

2021

1

30-Apr-20

May – Jul 20

20-Oct

Research Grants: Thuthuka

Thuthuka

2021

1

30-Apr-20

May – Oct 20

20-Nov

Research Grants: Without Student Support

Support for Y-rated Researchers

2021

1

30-Apr-20

May – Aug 20

Sept 20

Institutional Grants

SANSA Research Chair in Space Weather*

2021

1

15-May-20

May - Oct 20

20-Oct

Institutional Grants

NRF / DUT Co-funded Chair in Applying Mathematics to Real World Issues*

2021

1

15-May-20

May - Aug 20

Sept 20

Institutional Grants

UFH Chair in Sexualities, Genders & Queer Studies*

2021

1

15-May-20

May - Aug 20

Sept 20

Institutional Grants

NRF / Wits Co-funded Chair in Materials, Electrochemistry and Energy Storage Technologies*

2021

1

15-May-20

May - Aug 20

Sept 20

Institutional Grants

NRF / NMU Co-funded Chair in African Feminist Imaginations*

2021

1

15-May-20

May - Aug 20

Sept 20

Institutional Grants

NRF / NMU Co-funded Chair in Ocean and Coastal Heritage and Cultures*

2021

1

15-May-20

May - Aug 20

Sept 20

NRF Postgraduate Scholarships

NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships (Single-site)

2021

1

08-Jun-20

Jun – Jul 20

20-Nov

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

Travel, Training and Conference Grants: Scholarship- & Fellowship-holders

2020

Throughout the year

30-Jun-20

Directly after each cut off date

NRF Postgraduate Scholarships

Extension Support for Masters and Doctoral Studies

2021

1

14-Aug-20

Aug –  Sept 20

20-Oct

NRF Postgraduate Scholarships

First-time Doctoral Scholarships (Including SARAO Doctoral Scholarships)

2021

1

14-Aug-20

Aug – Oct 20

20-Nov

NRF Postgraduate Scholarships

First-time Masters Scholarships (Including SARAO Masters Scholarships)

2021

1

14-Aug-20

Aug – Oct 20

20-Nov

NRF Postgraduate Scholarships

NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships (Split-site)

2021

1

14-Aug-20

Aug – Oct 20

20-Nov

Research Grants: General

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - Large Grants (Closed Call)

2021

2

28-Aug-20

Sept 20

20-Oct

Research Grants: General

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP) - Small Grants

2021

2

28-Aug-20

Sept 20

20-Oct

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

Equipment Related Travel & Training 2nd Call

2020

2

28-Aug-20

Sept – Oct 20

20-Nov

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

ICTP – NRF Bilateral 2nd Call

2021

2

28-Aug-20

Sept – Oct 20

20-Nov

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

F’SAGRI Travel Grants (Closed Call)

2021

2

30-Aug-20

20-Nov

20-Dec

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

Germany (IRTGs) Preparatory Workshop

2021

2

30-Aug-20

Sept – Oct 20

20-Nov

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

Knowledge Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) 2nd Call

2021

2

30-Aug-20

Sept – Oct 20

20-Nov

NRF Postgraduate Scholarships

SARAO Honours Scholarships

2021

1

31-Aug-20

Sept – Oct 20

20-Nov

SARAO Undergraduate and Diploma Scholarships

SARAO Undergraduate and Diploma Scholarships

2021

1

31-Aug-20

Sept - Oct 20

20-Nov

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

JINR Student Practice (Off-line)

2021

n/a

18-Sep-20

Sept – Oct 20

20-Nov

Postdoctoral grants

China (YSEP) - SA Postdoctoral Fellowships

2021

2

30-Sep-20

Oct – Dec 20

21-Jan

Research Grants: International

NRF / DFG International Research Training Groups (IRTGs)

2021

2

30-Sep-20

Oct – Dec 20

21-Feb

Research Grants: International

BRICS Multilateral

2021

2

30-Sep-20

Oct – Dec 20

21-Feb

Research Grants: International

South Africa / Japan Joint Call for Proposals

2021

2

30-Sep-20

Oct – Dec 20

21-Jan

Research Grants: International

Germany (BMBF) SAG-CORE

2021

2

30-Sep-20

Oct – Dec 20

21-Feb

Research Grants: International

SA / Netherlands (NWO) Joint Call for Proposals

2021

2

30-Sep-20

Oct – Dec 20

21-Feb

Research Grants: International

NRF / BELSPO Collaboration

2021

2

30-Sep-20

Oct – Dec 20

21-Feb

Research Grants: International

South Africa / Austria Joint Call for Proposals

2021

2

30-Sep-20

Oct – Dec 20

21-Feb

Travel, Training and Conference Grants

Travel, Training and Conference Grants: Scholarship- & Fellowship-holders

2020

Throughout the year

30-Sep-20

Directly after each cut off date

Internship Programme

Graduate Internship for Part-time Honours

2021

2

18-Dec-20

21-Jan

21-Jan

NRF Postgraduate Scholarships

Honours Scholarships

2021

1

18-Dec-20

Dec 20 – Jan 21

21-Jan

Non-Funding Opportunities

Rating for Individuals

n/a

n/a

15-Feb-21

Mar – Dec 21

22-Dec

Research Grants: Thuthuka

Thuthuka : Budget Motivations

2021

1

31 Sept 20

20-Oct

20-Nov

Customised Programme

Knowledge Fields Development Grants

2020

n/a

Monthly on the 25th

n/a

Monthly

Customised Programme

SANAP Development Grants (Off-line applications)

2020

n/a

n/a

n/a

Monthly

Other Grants

Fullbright - NRF Doctoral Abroad (Off-line application)

2021

1

20-May