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International bilateral cooperation agreements

Argentina

  • Science and Technology (S&T) Agreement signed on 16 May 2006.
  • Areas of cooperation initially on the Agreement: Agriculture and livestock, Social and Human Sciences, Information Technology, Mining, Industry and Geology and other areas of interest. Additional areas of interest: Hydrogen Economy, Energy, Resource-based Industry, Polar Research, Astronomy and Space, Fishing and Marine Resources, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Water and Earth observation.

Australia

  • S&T Agreement signed on 18 October 2006.

Austria

  • Science and Technology (S&T) Agreement signed in 2015.
  • Austria panel review meeting was held at the NRF and launching workshop will be in Austria in February 2017.
  • The new research call was closed at the end of May 2016 and the adjudication process sat at the NRF in July 2016. The call is funded for two years (2017-2018) with twenty mobility projects, supporting the areas in Biotechnology, Energy, Agriculture, ICT and Mining.

Bahamas

  • General Agreement signed on 30 April 2003.

Belarus

  • S&T Agreement signed on 22 November 2002.
  • Cooperation on areas such as biotechnology, laser technology, minerals and metallurgy and pharmaceuticals.
  • Cooperation arrangement between Mintek and Institute of Physical and Organic Chemistry (IPOC) in Belarus for the co-operative development of ion exchange fibre (IXF) processes for metallurgical applications.

Bulgaria

  • Letter of Intent signed on 5 June 1995.

Cuba

  • S&T Agreement signed on 29 March 2001.
  • Programme of Cooperation (POC) signed in November 2002.
  • Cooperation on areas such as Biotechnology and ICT.

Croatia

  • General Agreement signed on 19 November 1996.

Flanders

  • General Agreement signed on 28 October 1996.
  • Cooperation on areas such as Biotechnology, Plant pathology, Environmental Research and Ecology, Statistical Modeling, Biochemistry, Agriculture and Food Production.

France

  • General Agreement signed on 4 November 1994. Agreement renewed on 28 February 2008.
  • SA-France-Senegal trilateral cooperation on laser technology from 2005.
  • Nature of cooperation activities: Joint Call and Student exchange programme.
  • Thematic focus areas: Engineering science and advancement of technologies, the use of natural resources, medical research and public health, and social and political science.

Germany

  • S&T Agreement signed on 12 June 1996.
  • Nature of cooperation activities: Joint Calls, Year of Science, and Workshops.
  • Thematic focus areas: Biotechnology, Health, Natural Resources, and Astronomy.

Greece

  • S&T Agreement signed on 31 October 2006.

Hungary

  • S&T Agreement signed on 24 November 1997.
  • Cooperation on areas such as Materials Science, Manufacturing Technology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Systems, Sustainable Management of Environmental Issues and of Natural Resources, Exploitation of Natural Resources and Minerals.

India

  • S&T Agreement and POC signed on 19 July 1995.
  • Cooperation on areas such as Agricultural and Rural Development, Basic Sciences, including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Astrophysics, Biotechnology, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Energy, including Renewable Energy Resources, Food S&T and Food Processing, Health, Information Science and Software Development, Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Sciences, Micro-electronics and Communications, Mineral.

IBSA

  • India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) trilateral agreement signed October 2004.

Indonesia

  • MoU signed 22 August 2005.

Iran

  • S&T Agreement signed on 31 May 2000.
  • POC signed on 2 May 2002.
  • Cooperation on areas such as Human Research Development, New Materials, Mining and rock engineering, Satellite projects to develop human resources, Gas-to-liquid conversion and malaria research.

Israel

  • Joint Committee of Cooperation Agreement signed on 8 September 1995.

Italy

  • S&T Agreement signed on 16 Jan 1998.
  • Nature of cooperation activities: Joint Calls.
  • Thematic focus areas: Biotechnology, Medicine, Health, Social sciences, Nanotechnology, New Advance-materials, ICT, Environment, and Radio astronomy.

Japan

  • S&T Agreement signed on 28 August 2003.

Malaysia

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on economic, scientific and cultural cooperation signed on 2 September 2003.

Mexico

  • General Agreement signed on 23 September 1998.

Kingdom of the Netherlands

  • General Agreement signed on 30 September 1996.

Kingdom of Norway

  • S&T Agreement signed on 29 May 2002.
  • Nature of cooperation activities: SANCOOP, Phase II, Phase I, Workshops.
  • Thematic focus areas: Environment, Climate changes, and Clean energy.

Oman

  • S&T Agreement signed in 12 March 2007.

Pakistan

  • S&T Agreement signed on 9 March 1999.

Peoples Republic of China

  • S&T Agreement and Programme of Cooperation signed on 16 January 1999.
  • Cooperation on areas such as Biotechnology (Agriculture), Social Sciences, Satellite and Space Technology, New Materials and Indigenous Technologies.

Peru

  • Institution to institution agreement between the National Zoo of Peru and that of South Africa on the exchange of species.

Poland

  • Agreement signed on 25 November 1999. Agreement renewed in November 2004. The status is currently not active, a new call is being negotiated.
  • Nature of cooperation activities: Joint calls and SALT.
  • Thematic focus areas: Astronomy, Natural sciences, Energy, Innovation, and Advance manufacturing.

Portugal

  • Negotiations on S&T Agreement have been finalised. The agreement is ready to be signed and it is envisaged that it will be signed December 2007.

Republic of South Korea

  • S&T Agreement signed on 24 February 2004.
  • Cooperation on areas such as Biotechnology, ICT, Nanotechnology, Design, Nuclear Technologies.
  • MoU signed on 3 November 2006.
  • MoU signed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Korea Science & Engineering Foundation (KOSEF).

Romania

  • S&T Agreement signed on 15 September 2004.
  • Nature of cooperation activities: Joint Call
  • Thematic focus areas: Biotechnology, Climate change, Energy, Applied physics, Human Sciences, ICT

Russia

  • S&T Agreement signed on 13 June 1995.
  • Agreement for the Peaceful Use of Outer Space was signed in September 2006.
  • Nature of cooperation activities: Joint Calls, Student Exchange Programme, Workshops.
  • Thematic focus areas: Space, Nuclear Research, Human Capital Development, High Performance Computing, Basic Research, Nanotechnology and Biotechnology.

Saudi Arabia

  • Agreement signed on 25 February 2009.

Slovakia

  • S&T Agreement signed on 15 May 2006.

Slovenia

  • Will sign the S&T Agreement on 29 June 2007 in South Africa.

Spain

  • S&T Agreement signed on 12 May 2003.
  • Cooperation on areas such as Human Resource Development, Advanced manufacturing, Innovation (projects and grants, mining and energy), Biotechnology, and ICT.

Sweden

  • S&T Agreement signed on 23 November 1999.
  • Nature of cooperation activities: Joint Calls and Workshops.
  • Thematic focus areas: All areas of science

Switzerland

  • Letter of Intent signed on 5 November 2004.
  • MoU signed on 28 June 2005.
  • Signing of S&T Agreement in November 2007.
  • Nature of cooperation activities: Joint Calls, Student Exchange Programme, Research chairs, and Workshops.
  • Thematic focus areas: Public Health, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Biomedicine, Human and Social Sciences.

Turkey

  • S&T Cooperation integrated into the General Agreement signed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

United Kingdom

  • S&T Agreement signed on 27 February 1995.
  • Agreement on networking of scientists and the Letter of Intent on foot and mouth diseases and other animal diseases signed on 5 December 2002.
  • Newton Fund agreement signed in September 2014 - view the programme summary and press release.
  • Nature of cooperation activities: Joint Call and Workshops.
  • Thematic focus areas: Astronomy and Space, Biosciences, Renewable energy, and Health research.

Ukraine

  • S&T Agreement signed on 28 November 1998.

United States of America

  • S&T Agreement signed on 05 December 1995.
  • Special projects or collaboration with US Weather Services, NASA, and on GEO.
  • Cooperation on areas such as S&T capacity building, agriculture, environmental issues, health, mathematics and science education and climate variation protection.
 
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