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New Frontiers Research Award

Awarding exceptional next generation research and leadership

The OMT New Frontiers Research Award recognises the efforts of visionary early-to-mid-career researchers determined to build high-performance research teams and the South African academy.

The award is intended to provide leading researchers with the freedom and flexibility to pursue their research, without bureaucratic constraints. Helping them produce significant work and gain international recognition.

It is a five-year award, with a monetary value of R1.5 million per annum.

Who we award

We are looking to back forward-thinking innovative individuals with a clearly defined research vision, who want to build a team around them to perform cutting-edge research. You need to be committed to collaboration and have a proven research track record combined with leadership experience. The research must have relevance not only to South Africa, but also regionally or globally.

We encourage applications from all disciplines. The award is open to anyone who wants to pursue research at a recognised research institution based in South Africa.

The process

Submit concept note
Candidates will be shortlisted
and invited to submit 
a full application
Submit full application
Finalists will be invited to present
to a panel of judges
Awardee will be chosen


Research Report

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