The following useful links have been identified to assist researchers in finding funding and research opportunities. This page also provides access to NRF ratings 

National Research Foundation (NRF)

The National Research Foundation is an independent government agency, which promotes and supports research in all fields of knowledge. Access their funding opportunities

Researchers with NRF Ratings

Access the South African and UWC Researchers with NRF ratings as at 4 February 2014

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF)

The Academy of Science of South Africa represents the country in the international community of science academies and is the National academy within this discipline

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa.  The CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the country’s people.

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is a knowledge hub to bridge the gap between research and policy; thus increasing the impact of research.

South African Medical Research Council (MRC)

The South African Medical Research Council (MRC) mission is to improve the nation's health and quality of life through promoting and conducting relevant and responsive health research. Access the MRC's reseacrh areas

Open Data

Open data encourages a "knowledge based consensus" using the scientific method. Visit Stellenbosch University's wiki about Open Data.

Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA)

As component of the National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System, DIRISA coordinates and promotes sound research data management practices and data intensive research.

Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

The majority of the SKA - the full dish array and the dense aperture array - will be built in Africa. The core - i.e. the region with the highest concentration of receivers - will be constructed in the Northern Cape Province, about 80 km from the town of Carnarvon (the same site as where the MeerKAT is being constructed). The sparse aperture array (low frequency array) will be built in Western Australia.

Network of Data & Information Curation Communities (NeDICC)

NeDICC aims to promote the development and use of research data and information curation standards and practices to ensure the long term preservation and accessibility of digital research outputs in support of e-Research.




Research ethics and Intellectual property are vital elements for conducting research but often overlooked. UWC has provided its researchers with guidelines covering the Institutions stance on the following areas:

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