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NRF Rating 2017
Faculty Research Office support for prospective applicants

Important Notice

Dear Rated Researchers and future applicants

NRF forwarded communiqué regarding the Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers Funding Instrument information for 2018, 2019 and going forward.
The call for 2017 Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers stated in part that: ''The NRF is in the process of reviewing the nature, form and levels of funding for the Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers grants. The changes will be announced in due course." 
The revised changes can be viewed in the Incentive Funding for Rated Researchers Communiqué

The Faculty Research Office encourages emerging and established researchers to start compiling their NRF rating applications.

The NRF rating system is part of the NRF’s goal to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa, and benchmarks the quality of our researchers against the rest of the world. NRF ratings consider a researcher’s recent research outputs and impact as perceived by international peer reviewers. The rating system encourages researchers to publish high quality outputs in high impact journals/outlets. Rated researchers as supervisors will impart cutting-edge skills to the next generation of researchers.

Ratings are based primarily on the quality and impact of research outputs over the past eight years, as evaluated by local and international peers. The rating system identifies researchers who are leaders in their fields and recognises the production of high quality research outputs. Several South African universities use the outcomes of the NRF evaluation and rating process to position themselves as research-intensive institutions, while others provide incentives for their staff members to acquire and maintain a rating and give special recognition to top-rated researchers.

The ratings that are awarded fall within the following categories:

A – Leading international researchers

B – Internationally acclaimed researchers

C – Established researchers

P – Prestigious Awards

Y – Promising young researchers

The NRF rating system can be completed on the NRF Online Submission system The call for ratings will open in September or October 2018 but we encourage prospective applicants to start compiling the online CV section and established researcher to update their online CVs. Once your rating application has been completed online, the Faculty of Health Sciences’ internal review panel will provide feedback. Once approved, the application will be submitted to the NRF. The internal review panel may also decide to hold back an application in order to strengthen the application. The review panel will provide feedback that will become your strategic research plan.

The Research Office will host two information sessions of approximately 2 hours each. We invite you to attend either of the sessions. The sessions will include an overview of the rating application and the requirements of the NRF as well as a discussion aimed at promoting self-evaluation and identifying a structure for your rating application. We encourage emerging researchers and currently/previously rated researchers to attend. 

The steps and important dates in the process in the Faculty

1-30 September 2017

Download and completion of application in MS Word (link below)
[Call may not be open yet]

by 15 November 2017

Load application on NRF online system

16 November 2017

Faculty closing date for pre-screening of applications

17 Nov - 1 Dec 2017

Internal review process

5 December 2017

Feedback to applicants

15 January 2018

Finalised submissions on system
Faculty closing date for submission of final applications

Documents and links — posted here for your convenience

Information Session Details

♦♦♦♦♦ Faculty Information Sessions ♦♦♦♦♦

RSVP to Samantha Hodgson at [email protected]

Presentations available for further information:

Personal Profile and Best Research Outputs

NRF Curriculum Vitae

27 September 2017




Session chair person


Application for NRF Evaluation and Rating Meeting

09:00 - 11:00

Quiver Tree Boardroom, Room 5.11, Deans Complex HW Snyman North

Dr Cheryl Tosh

11 October 2017




Session chair person


Application for NRF Evaluation and Rating Meeting

09:00 - 11:00

Baobab Boardroom, Room 5.10, Deans Complex HW Snyman North

Dr Cheryl Tosh

For further details, please direct all queries to Ms Natasha Jeftha at [email protected]

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