2012/13 Call for Research Infrastructure Support Programme

2012/13: Call for Applications

The development and retention of high-end scientific and technological competencies is essential for South Africa to transform into a knowledge-based economy wherein the generation of new knowledge and scientific and technological innovations can bring about economic development, job creation and an improvement in the quality of life of its citizens. State-of-the-art research infrastructure, linked to the development of highly skilled knowledge-workers, is a prerequisite for the generation of globally competitive new knowledge and technologies in the twenty first century.

In order to fulfil this mandate, the National Research Foundation (NRF) has initiated, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Research Infrastructure Support Programmes (RISP) that support the acquisition, maintenance and development, of state-of-the-art equipment. In order to achieve this objective, two sub-programmes, the National Equipment Programme (NEP) and the National Nanotechnology Equipment Programme (NNEP) were established.

The Call for Proposals in the two programmes, NEP and NNEP, will be open from 15 November 2012 to 28 February 2013. No late applicationswill be considered. 

The application process will be accessible online at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za from Thursday, 15 November 2012. Applicants are advised to complete their proposals as soon as possible to prevent IT system overload near the closing date. All applications, validated by the employing institution’s research administration or responsible Designated Authority (DA), must be submitted to the NRF no later than Thursday, 28 February 2013. Potential applicants should be alerted to the institution’s internal closing date, which should be at least two weeks prior to the NRF closing date. 

Refer to the RISP Grants Manual for 2012/13 Applications for eligibility and other criteria.

Applications should be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za

For more information please view the attached documents or visit the NRF website at www.nrf.ac.za.

NRF Contacts for Enquiries: 

Mrs Stephanie Harris

Mrs Anthipi Pouris

Telephone: (012) 481-4024
Grants Coordinator
e-mail: stephanie@nrf.ac.za

Telephone: (012) 481-4240
Grants Director
e-mail: anthipi@nrf.ac.za

Grants Management and Systems Administration (GMSA)

National Research Foundation (NRF)
P O Box 2600