In order to fulfil its mandate, the National Research Foundation (NRF) has initiated, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Research Infrastructure Support Programmes (RISP) that support the acquisition, maintenance and development, of state-of-the-art equipment. In order to achieve this objective, two sub-programmes, the National Equipment Programme (NEP) and the National Nanotechnology Equipment Programme (NNEP) were established. The latter programme forms part of the implementation of the National Nanotechnology Strategy (NNS).
-All researchers who hold a doctoral degree and are full-time employees or on a full-time fixed term appointment (for at least five years following the application to the Programme) to any of the above listed organizations are eligible to apply. South African public universities; and • Public research entities such as Science Councils , 4 National Research Facilities, research laboratories, including research hospitals and museums.