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Research and Human Resources Development Funding O pportunities of the NRF. Presentation at the PLUME PROGRAMME:FIRST CENTRAL WORKSHOP OF LEAD RESEARCHERS AND HEADS OF SCHOOLS NURSING Pretoria 13 July 2012 Dr. Andrew M. Kaniki Executive Director: Knowledge Fields Development

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    1. Research and Human Resources Development Funding Opportunities of the NRF Presentation at the PLUME PROGRAMME:FIRST CENTRAL WORKSHOP OF LEAD RESEARCHERS AND HEADS OF SCHOOLS NURSING Pretoria 13 July 2012 Dr. Andrew M. Kaniki Executive Director: Knowledge Fields Development Andrew@nrf.ac.za

    2. Research - Innovation System Value Chain Curiosity-driven research Needs/market-driven research Public appropriability Open research Directed research Development Commercialisation Agency - Core Grant NRF THRIP TIA National Research Facilities Basic research Applied research Technology development Product development Commercialisation Public appropriability Wealth creation

    3. THE NRF MANDATE Support and promote research Through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order To facilitate The creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge And thereby contribute to The improvement of the quality of life of all the people of The Republic National Research Foundation Act of 1998

    4. Investment Principles • Healthy balance: strategy-driven vs. demand-pull • Effective, goal oriented resource allocation • Competitive funding • Merit-based and rigorous peer review • The Ph.D. as a driver • Cross-fertilisation of talent within NSI • Fairness, transparency, accountability • Transformation and excellence

    5. Support for Grant Holders 2010/11 2009/10 2008/09 2007/08

    6. Human Capacity Development Excellence Pipeline

    7. Research Funding Programmes - KFD CORE FUNDING PROGRAMMES • Blue skies research programme • Centres of Excellence • Competitive Support for unrated researchers (CSUR) • Competitive programme for rated researchers (CPRR) • Community Engagement • Community University Partnership Programme • Education Research • Incentive Programme for Rated Researchers CONTRACT AND RING-FENCED FUNDING • AOP; CUPP; IKS; MWLA; NAASP; SEAChange; SABI; SANAP; MWLA Cf: Overview of NRF Funding Opportunities and Rating of Researchers

    8. Funding Opportunities for Masters and Doctoral students • South African Research Chairs • FirstRand Foundation Mathematics Education Chairs • SA Numeracy and Literacy Research Chair • Centres of Excellence • Freestanding scholarships • Grantholder-linked bursaries • Thuthuka Programme • Institutional Capacity Development

    9. Funding programmes - HICD Thuthuka programme aimed at the development of human capacity primarily at South African higher educational institutions, particularly among previously disadvantaged socio-economic groups (i.e. black researchers and female researchers), as well as young academics from all backgrounds. Applicants apply for funding in one of three tracks: • PhD Track: for applicants, wanting to obtain a PhD within the funding period; • Post-PhD Track: for applicants wanting to become established researchers, strengthening their research capabilities; and • NRF Rating Track: for applicants wanting to obtain a NRF rating within the six-year funding period.

    10. Funding Programmes - HICD Institutional Capacity Development (ICD): The ICD research grants programme replaced the Institutional Research Development Programme (IRDP), commonly known as Research Niche Areas (RNAs), phasing out concurrently with the implementation of the ICD. ICD research grants aim to support the development of institutional research capacity as well as the academic and professional development of researchers.

    11. Funding Programmes - HICD The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI)focused knowledge and human resource intervention that has five interrelated objectives. • to reverse the systemic decline in research outputs, focus and capacity at publicly funded higher education institutions and research councils • to stimulate strategic research across the knowledge spectrum • to strengthen and improve the capacity of HEIs, Science Councils, Musea and University linked Teaching Hospitals to generate and apply new knowledge in order to make South Africa competitive in the international knowledge economy based on its existent and potential strengths • to create research career pathways for highly skilled, high quality young and mid-career researchers that effectively addresses historical racial, gender and age imbalances • to improve and accelerate the training of highly qualified personnel through research

    12. Human & Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) Directorate: Executive Director: Dr. Romilla Maharaj Romilla@nrf.ac.za Human Capacity Programme (Scholarships & Fellowships) Dr Thandi Mgwebi thandi.mgwebi@nrf.ac.za Thuthuka and ICD Dr Claire Botha claire.botha@nrf.ac.za Research Chairs & the PhD Programme Dr. Linda Mtwisha linda.mtwisha@nrf.ac.za Knowledge Fields Development (KFD) Directorate Executive Director: Dr. Andrew M. Kaniki Andrew@nrf.ac.za Blue Skies Research; Education Research; IKS; Incentive Programme for Rated Researchers Researchers; Other Strategic Contract Programmes Dr. Kaluke Mawila Kaluke.Mawila@nrf.ac.za Community Engagement; CPRR Other strategic contract programmes Mrs. Tracy Klarenbeek Tracy@nrf.ac.za Contact Details

    13. Contact Details • Knowledge Fields Development • Centre Of Excellence; Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers Dr. Nthabiseng Taole. Nthabiseng.Taole@nrf.ac.za • Global Change Research; Marine and Coastal Research & other strategic contracts. Dr. Achuo Enow Achuo.Enow@nrf.ac.za

    14. Enkosi, Thank you, Re a leboga, Siyabonga, Dankie