South African and German higher education institutions can now apply for joint funding from the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for collaborative research projects and to strengthen the international position and global impact of their research. Applications are being accepted until 13 November 2020.

There is a long history of scientific collaboration between South Africa and Germany in the field of research and innovation. The South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) have conceptualised a new South African/German Collaborative Research Programme (SAG-CORE) aiming to further stimulate long term research collaboration between the two countries by funding joint research, to strengthen the international position and global impact of their research. Funding is provided for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary consortia of South African and German research groups and stakeholder partners, for high quality research that has the potential for societaland scientific impact.

The NRF and BMBF have jointly agreed on strategic knowledge and innovation agendas. Funded research should be in alignment with national research agendas and or priorities, as well as international initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and build bridges between different actors in the knowledge chain, fundamental and applied research, and scientific disciplines.

This SAG-CORE Call focuses primarily on the interface between Global Change and the Social Sciences. The main aim of SAG-CORE is to support collaborative research that seeks to interrogate ways in which human societies engage with their natural environment to satisfy basic needs, stabilise and grow economies as well as improve the overall quality of life.

The application deadline is 13 November 2020. Please see the full call for applications below for more details:

South African/German Collaborative Research Programme (SAG-CORE)