A new mission for the NRF's Research Support Agency:
"A dynamic, quality-driven organisation that provides leadership in the promotion and support of research and research capacity development in the natural, social and human sciences, engineering and technology to meet national and global challenges through: * Investing in knowledge, people and infrastructure;
* Promoting basic and applied research and innovation;
* Developing research capacity and advancing equity and redress to unlock the full creative potential of the research community;
* Facilitating strategic partnerships and knowledge networks; and
* Upholding research excellence.
The Research Support Agency realises this mission through the creativity and commitment of its people and partners."
More information on who can apply for research grants and how to
apply can be obtained from the web site www.nrf.ac.za
Institutional programmes that develop research capacity at technikons and historically black universities will continue at least until the end of 2001. More information at: www.nrf.ac.za/programmeareas/dirctech andwww.nrf.ac.za/programmeareas/dirchbu/
The NRF provides two types of student support that complement each other, namely:
* Free-standing bursaries, scholarships and fellowships (prestigious and equity scholarships); and
* Grant-holder-linked bursaries.
Free-standing bursaries, scholarships and fellowships are awarded to students directly on a competitive basis, while grant-holder-linked bursaries are granted to researchers within their NRF support package and may be awarded to students selected by the NRF grant-holder.
More information at: www.nrf.ac.za/programmeareas/bursaries/