Postgrad Funding With NRF Updates


The National Research Fund (NRF) has released a statements concerning where they currently stand and how operations will be affected amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The NRF is responsible for funding many postgrad qualifications. 

National Research Foundation SA promotes & supports human capital development & knowledge creation in all fields of research. NSFAS does not offer funding to postgrad qualifications, only a select few. However, this is where the NRF would step in. They offer funding for various postgrad qualifications. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NRF has needed to make adjustments. They are as follows:

All NRF staff have been working from home since 27 March. They can be contacted on their NRf email address and work phone numbers. The NRF remains operational and usual grant management activities will continue. 

The closing date for all Calls for Proposals that were scheduled for March 2020 has been extended to 30 April 2020. 

As for Travel Grants, applicants need to familiarise themselves with local and international travel restrictions as this will affect the awarding decisions of such grants. 

There may be disruptions to a number of other NRF funded research projects. The NRF encourages grantholders and their respective institutions to communicate these to relevant NRF staff if any diruptions and changes are to happen. The NRF will find solutions case-by-case. 

The NRF is undergoing the ongoing process of releasing funds for 2020 where documents have been received. The release of funds is however dependent on institutions and when they claim the funds, which can only be done on specific dates. 

Grantholders should therefore consult with their institutions should they have any inquiries about funds. 




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