NRF & Sasol Offer Grants For Energy Transition and Green Economy Solutions

  • Sasol and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are partnering to fund collaborative research grants in Science and Engineering that will contribute to South Africa’s energy transition and green economy.
  • This initiative will also strengthen the collaboration between industry and academia within South Africa in order to enhance research capabilities and capacity.

The call for applications for Sasol-NRF Research Grants for 2022 is also intended to enhance South African tertiary institutions’ research capacity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, thereby addressing some of the key scarce skill gaps identified by the NRF.

Dr Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships at the NRF, stated that: “The demand for innovative solutions that respond to socio-economic challenges and opportunities results in an increasing need for collaboration between industry and academia. This prominent  partnership will accelerate the co-creation of knowledge for impact, and skills development, addressing the critical sustainability agenda”.

Sasol has a long history of funding research at South African universities through contract research and student bursaries. Over the past 16 years, it has also contributed more than R300 million through its R&T University Collaboration Programme, which provides research grants to academics for projects in the key disciplines of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Said Dr Thembakazi Mali, Senior Vice President: Research and Technology at Sasol: “The R&T University Collaboration Programme provides Sasol with a unique opportunity to not only support local academia but also leverage external research efforts to find solutions to the complex technical challenges that must be addressed as part of our climate change response efforts.”

Of interest to Sasol is research in hydrogen production, renewable energy, energy storage and carbon dioxide conversion to chemical and fuels – all key areas critical to enabling Sasol’s environmental and business sustainability goals.

Proposals should be submitted by email to sasolgrants@sasol.com. The deadline for the submission of proposals is Friday, 29 October 2021.  Successful Sasol-NRF applications will be funded from January 2022.

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