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Supports collaboration between Research and Academic Centres of Excellence in SA-UK and across Africa.   The aim is to build long term research collaborations with established researchers in the 3 countries, whilst also providing opportunities for mentoring and mobility of Early-Career and Emerging Researchers who are mentored and supervised by the Research Chairs and/or Leading and Established Researchers. The core team, made up of Principals Investigators (PI’s) from each country, should be able to split their research time between the UK (20 %), South Africa (20 %) and country C (10% approx.), over the duration of the project.
The rationale of this funding instrument is to make funds available to support the broader science community to access state-of-the-art research equipment that is not available at the home institution, regionally or nationally. The grants are divided into two categories, namely: Equipment-related Travel Grants and Equipment-related Training Grants.

Thuthuka Budget Motivations 2019
The request for continued funding in 2019, must be submitted by all grantholders receiving Thuthuka funding in 2018 and who are eligible for continued funding for their existing NRF funded project.

Joint research proposals may be submitted in the following designated thematic areas prioritised by both countries:
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
To supports joint research projects, human capital development, and student and staff exchanges between South African and Swedish universities and research institutions.
Areas of cooperation
Biotechnology in health and agriculture
Traditional medicines
Renewable energy
Water resources
Palaeoanthropology / archaeology
The NRF has entered into a new partnership agreement with the DFG of Germany to jointly fund International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) between the two countries. IRTGs are structured Doctoral Programmes aimed at training scientists and academics at different stages of their careers, with a particular emphasis on doctoral researchers. IRTGs promote systematic research cooperation through joint research and qualification programmes as well as through cooperative cross-border supervision of doctoral researchers. A central feature of IRTGs is the coordinated and reciprocal research visits by doctoral researchers at the respective partner institutions.