SPP Funding Programmes

Synchroton Capacity Building Fund


The Synchrotron Capacity Building Fund is a strategically focused intervention that aims to develop capacity in South Africa for the use of the synchrotron as a radiation source and its applications.  The two year memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the NRF and France clearly stipulate the main objective of the partnership, which is to develop capacity in South Africa for the use of synchrotron light and their applications.  NRF will cover the costs for accommodation, daily allowance and transport, whereas France/Soleil will conduct peer review proces

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).

National Research Facilities


The National Research Facilities act as custodians for a number of national research platforms.  This custodianship is a multifaceted task, but in essence includes maintenance, upgrade, adaptation and development of the platforms.  To do this effectively one needs to undertake research using the platform to ensure that it remains at the leading edge of the research field.  This research is undertaken by specialised staff members based at the National Research Facilities.

The National Research Facilities are categorized in three main categories:

National Equipment Programme (NEP)


The strategic context for the National Equipment Programme (NEP) arises from the National Key Research and Technology Infrastructure Strategy, which is informed by the National Research and Development Strategy (NRDS).

Infrastructure Bridging Programme


The Infrastructure Bridging Programme makes available, non interest-bearing bridging funding to a maximum value of either R5 million or the size of the grant deposit per research institution.  These funds are geared towards supporting the universities in terms of acquiring the necessary research infrastructure required to extend the boundaries of science, engineering and technology in South Africa.  This financial risk will therefore ne

Equipment Related Mobility and Training Grant


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: