NWO and South African NRF lay foundation for joint research programme

11 April 2019

The National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) and NWO have signed an agreement enabling them to launch a bilateral research programme in the framework of the Merian Fund. The Merian Fund is a fund in which international collaboration with emerging science nations and developing countries plays an important role. This agreement will reinvigorate collaboration between Dutch and South African science.

In June 2019, the first joint call will be launched and further details and criteria will be announced. The umbrella theme of this call concerns one of South Africa’s biggest social challenges: the ‘water-food-energy nexus’.

The added value of collaboration between the Netherlands and South Africa is a key priority in the further elaboration of this theme. Involvement of the entire knowledge chain – from fundamental to applied research – as well the involvement of relevant social parties are key elements of this call.

This call will be part of a multi-year programme.

About the Merian Fund

Flexibility in themes and partner countries will be the key factor in organising bilateral and multilateral funding rounds. The common thread will be research that supports the worldwide achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Partner countries will be invited to make a financial or in-kind contribution to the Merian Fund. In addition, the collaboration with China, India and Brazil will be supplemented with collaborations with Indonesia and South Africa. Domains and institutes of NWO and of the Taskforce for Applied Research (NPRO-SIA) will contribute from their own expertise, instruments and networks.

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Source: NWO


Olivier Morot (spokesperson) Olivier Morot (spokesperson) t: +31 (0)6 53175377 o.morot@nwo.nl


Sebastiaan den Bak (Executive Board Office) Sebastiaan den Bak (Executive Board Office) +31 (0)70 3440693 s.denbak@nwo.nl