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NRF ratings

The objective of the National Research Foundation is to support and promote research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities, in-order-to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of the natural and social sciences, humanities and technology.

The NRF rating system is a key driver in the NRF’s aim to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa. It is a valuable tool for benchmarking the quality of our researchers against the best in the world.  NRF ratings are allocated based on 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. The rating of individuals is based primarily on the quality and impact of their research outputs over the past eight years, taking into consideration the evaluation made by local and international peers. It identifies researchers who count among the leaders in their fields of expertise and gives recognition to those who constantly produce 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.

To read more about the rating of researchers, visit https://www.nrf.ac.za/rating



Please see the attached documents regarding the NRF Applications for Evaluation and Rating 2022.
Important dates:

Submission to the Research Directorate for assistance and first review: 12 November 2021.
Submission to NRF: 23:59 on 28 February 2022

Research Directorate contact person: Dr Hester-Mari Burger (burgerh@cput.ac.za)

Appointment_Eligibility Types_Rating Call 2022_Sept 2021
Considerable International Recognition_Rating Call 2022_ Sept 2021
Definition of NRF Rating Categories_Rating Call 2022_Sept 2021
Guidelines for Applicants_7 Steps_Rating Call 2022_V2_6 Oct 2021
Guidelines for Selection of Reviewers_Sept 2021
Key Research Areas and Types of Research Outputs_Rating Call 2022_Sept 2021


Become a rated researcher

Contact person: Dr Hester-Mari Burger

Email: burgerh@cput.ac.za


NRF rated researchers - rating categories

  • A – Leading international researchers
  • B – Internationally acclaimed researchers
  • C – Established researchers
  • P – Prestigious Awards
  • Y – Promising young researchers
Applied Sciences
Dr NB Báthori C2
Prof KP Findlay C3
Dr S Geerts Y1
Prof A Jacobs C3
Prof VA Jideani C3
Prof L Kambizi C3
Prof CP Laubscher C3
Prof FB Lewu C3
Prof AA Mohammed C2
Dr B Ncube C3
Prof BO Opeolu C3
Dr AL Prins C2
Dr JP Rheeder C3
Dr VS Somerset C3
Business and Management Sciences
Prof SEH Davies C3
Prof B Knott Y2
Dr M Mutize Y2
Prof V Naicker C3
Dr M Twum-Darko C3
Dr SJ West C3
Dr A Van der Bijl C2
Dr PH Boer Y2
Dr L Hibbert C2
Dr A Chigona C2
Prof J Condy C2
Prof C Winberg C1
Dr Z Waghid Y2
Engineering and the Built Environment
Dr K Aboalez C3
Dr MR Chowdhury Y2
Dr V Balyan Y2
Prof VG Fester C1
Dr V Msomi Y2
Prof TV Ojumu C3
Dr A Patnaik C2
Prof MS Sheldon C2
Prof RR Van Zyl C3
Health and Wellness Sciences
Prof G Davison C3
Prof P Engel-Hills C2
Prof K Jooste C2
Prof P Clark-Farr C3
Prof TE Matsha C1
Prof OO Oguntibeju C3
Informatics and Design
Prof J Cronjé C1
Prof J Daramola C3
Dr T Iyamu C2
Prof I Van Zyl Y2
Prof M Weideman C3
Applied Microbial and Health Biotechnology Institute (AMBHI)
Dr S Abel C2
Dr M Le Roes-Hill C2
Prof JL Marnewick C1
Dr L van der Westhuizen C2
Dr P Welz C2
Centre for Innovation Education Technology (CIET)
Dr F Waghid Y2
Fundani Centre for Higher Education Development (Fundani CHED)
Prof J Garraway C2