Strategic Research Infrastructure Programme (SRIP)


The Strategic Research Infrastructure Programme (SRIP) initiative aims to complement the two equipment programmes that are currently managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and aims to support the acquisition, development and upgrade to state-of-the-art research equipment. These programmes include the National Equipment Programme (NEP) and the National Nanotechnology Equipment Programme (NNEP).
The SRIP was introduced with the aim to address the infrastructure needs of the research community that fall outside the NEP/NNEP programmes. This includes the requirement for state-of-the-art research equipment in support of the Grand Challenges, Science and Technology Missions and other strategic research areas as identified in the DST’s 10 Year Innovation Plan.
Over the past financial year, 2008/09:

  • R20 million was earmarked for upgrading the research infrastructure at the National Facilities; and
  • R17m was earmarked for the support of S&T missions.
Over the past quarter the contract for this initiative was finalized, which makes a sum of R15 million available for the 2009/10 financial year. This is a key initiative for research infrastructure and platforms. It is one of the initiatives that will assist the NRF to achieve its strategic goals: “Providing cutting-edge research, technology and innovation platforms” 

Eligibility Criteria

All researchers who hold a doctoral degree and who are attached to any of the following organizations are eligible to apply:

  • South African universities,
  • National research laboratories such as the Science Councils, other government laboratories, the national facilities, and
  • Museums