Strategic Platforms Programmes Frequently Asked Questions

1 What qualifications do I need to have to qualify for the National Equipment Programme?

Individual researchers who hold a doctoral degree and are full-time employees or on a full-time fixed term-appointment (for at least five years following the application to the Programme) to any of the listed organisations are eligible to apply:

  • South African public universities; and
  • Public research entities such as Science Councils, National Research Facilities (NF), research laboratories, including research hospitals and museums.
2 I want to apply for equipment but my institution doesn’t have money to support me in acquiring this equipment, can I apply for full costing of the equipment?

The Institution at which the applicant is employed must be committed to a 2:1 (NRF: Institution) funding partnership with the NRF.  However, in the case of historically disadvantaged institutions, that are under-resourced, the institutional contribution is negotiable.

3 Does the Nanotechnology Flagships Project (NFP) operate similar to the National Nanotechnology and National Equipment programmes?

No. The NFP supports research projects, for a three-year period, that are able to demonstrate the benefits of nanotechnology.

4 What qualifications do I need to have to qualify for the National Equipment Programme?

All researchers who hold a doctoral degree and are full-time employees or on a full-time contract to any of the following organisations are eligible to apply: • Publicly-funded South African Universities; and • Publicly-funded research entities such as Science Councils, National Research Facilities, research laboratories, including research hospitals and museums.

5 I want to apply for equipment but my institution doesn’t have money to support me in acquisitioning this equipment, can I apply for full costing of the equipment?

In the case of NEP, the Institution at which the applicant is employed must be committed to a 2:1 (NRF:Institution) funding partnership with the NRF. However in the case of under-resourced institutions, the commitment is negotiable. For NNEP and SRIP applications, although no matching investments are required from the institution, co-investment is encouraged.

6 Does the Nanotechnology Flagship Programme operate similar to the National Nanotechnology and National Equipment programmes?

No. The Nanotechnology Flagship Programme has a 3 year project funding cycle where not only equipment is funded but the entire project is funded.

How Tos

How to Apply for SPP Funding

The call for applications is published annually and application forms is located in the downloads section of this website. Complete all sections of the application form and submit two copies to the NRF as follows: