Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers
In 2007, Universities South Africa (USAf) previously known as the Higher Education South Africa (HESA) conducted a review of the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) evaluation and rating system. At the conclusion of the review, HESA acknowledged and endorsed the value that evaluation and rating of individuals add to the research promotion and support part of the NRF mandate. The review report recommended that the NRF re-establishes the link of the evaluation and rating system to funding. Based on this recommendation, the Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers (IFRR) instrument was created.
The NRF is in the process of reviewing the nature, form and levels of funding for IFFR grants. The changes will be announced in due course. However, the annual call and awards for will proceed within the context of the call framework document.
Only researchers who are newly rated AND researchers who are rated with no Incentive funding in , should apply.
Applicants must ensure that their Curriculum Vitae are updated on the NRF Online Submission system at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.
Applications must be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.
The online application form consists of two sections:
- Project Information – where the system displays the rating, researchers have to complete the fields to compose their research profile.
- Budget– this is not a budget for a research proposal, hence a budget motivation must be provided for the year in which application is made indicating what the applicant hopes to achieve with the funding i.e. student training, outputs etc. The section that was completed for the rating application called “Ongoing and planned future research” will be migrated from the rating application at https://submission.nrf.ac.za to the section “Total Expected Outputs” to guide researchers to align the budget to these goals. If the rating application was done on an earlier online system, this field will be empty.
As indicated above, the NRF is in the process of reviewing the nature, form and levels of funding for Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers grants. The changes will be announced in due course. However, the annual call and awards for will proceed within the context of the call framework document.
For further information please view the Funding Guide.
CALL CLOSES: 28 February
It is the responsibility of each applicant to familiarise themselves with the internal closing date, set by their institution in order to meet the NRF closing date.
Incomplete OR late submissions will not be accepted.
For further enquiries please contact
Ms. Lynn Erasmus
Grants Management and Systems Administration (GMSA)
Tel: +27 (0) 12 481 4042
Fax: +27 (0) 12 86 546 6898
Dr. Zolani Dyosi
Knowledge Fields Development
Tel: +27 (0) 12 481 4131
Fax: +27 (0) 12 481 4005