The rationale for the implementation of the Equipment Related Mobility and Training Grants (MOBG) is to make funds available to support the larger science community to access state-of-the-art equipment that is not available at their home research institution or region including access to synchrotron facilities and other global research infrastructure. The mobility grants are divided into portfolios of opportunities, namely:
- Equipment Related Travel Grants;
- Equipment Related Training Grants; and
- Access to Global Infrastructure.
The suite of funding programmes under MOBG aims to:
- Support world-class research;
- Enhance research collaborations nationally and internationally; and
- Support the development of specialised skills required to sustainably manage and operate state-of-the-art research equipment.
The expected impact and objectives of these funding programmes are to support:
- The larger research community to access state-of-the-art equipment (not necessarily NRF-funded) that is not available regionally and/or nationally;
- Researchers and postgraduate students in South Africa to access global research infrastructure such as synchrotron radiation facilities;
- Grantholder institutions hosting training workshops on the use of specialised equipment that is acquired through NRF equipment grants or feeder equipment that is complementary to that acquired through the NRF equipment grants; and
- The larger research community to access training workshops on the use of specialised equipment that is acquired through NRF equipment grants or feeder equipment that is complementary to that acquired through NRF equipment grants.
The programme structure is shown below:
All applicants must be full-time employees or on a fixed-term appointment at a publicly funded Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Science Councils, National Laboratories, Museums and other publicly funded research intensive institutions approved by the NRF. In addition, the following programme-specific criteria apply:
Travel Grants: Full-time masters and doctoral students, registered at South African universities, and postdoctoral fellows are also eligible for support, on condition that the supervisor is the applicant and will be accountable for the conditions of the grant award.
Training Grants: The applicant must be a grantholder to a SRIP, NEP and/or NNEP grant award and may apply on behalf of an operator or technician responsible for the equipment.