"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." National Research Foundation

 

NRF rating application

There are four types of applications:

New

This applies to researchers who have never applied for rating before, or researchers whose application was withdrawn before it was processed.

 

Re-evaluation by invitation

Researchers who are currently rated will be invited by the NRF to submit the relevant documents for re-evaluation in the fifth year of their cycle.  If the rating is successful, the new rating will be valid on 1 January of the next year.

 

Re-evaluation

When a researcher chooses not to respond to the re-evaluation by invitation and their ratings are no longer valid, or their application for rating was unsuccessful for three or more years.

 

Special re-evaluation

In some cases, an applicant may apply for a special re-evaluation sooner than the five-year cycle if an applicant has shown such progress that the existing rating is inconsistent with the applicant’s present situation. A newly prepared application must be submitted to the NRF, together with a motivation from the appropriate authority.

 

Please note that the campus process should be completed before you can submit your application for an NRF rating. Electronic applications can be submitted here.

For any further information or assistance, please contact Ms Funanani Lavhelani.

 

NRF rated researchers

A – Leading international researchers

Prof Richard Haynes - Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Prof Marius Potgieter - Centre for Space Research, School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

B – Internationally acclaimed researchers

Dr Alexander Avdeenkov – HySA DST Centre

Prof Etienne Barnard – School of Information Technology

Prof Markus Boettcher – Centre for Space Research

Prof Adri Burger – School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Prof Eno Ebenso – Department of Chemistry, Research Entity MaSIM

Prof Petra Engelbrecht – PC Education Research Administration

Prof Stefan Ferreira – Centre for Space Research

Prof Brian Harvey – Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Prof Louis Kotze – Development in the SA Constitutional State

Prof Louis Labuschagne – School of Computer, Statistical and Mathematical Sciences

Prof Jamshid Moori – School of Mathematical Sciences

Prof Kobus Pienaar – Faculty of Natural Sciences

Prof Stuart Piketh – School of Geo- and Spatial Sciences, Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

Prof Alta Schutte – Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART)

Prof Nico Smit – Environmental Sciences and Development

Prof Danie Strauss - Focus Area: Social Transformation

Prof Jan Swanepoel – Department of Statistics

Prof Edward Ueckermann – Environmental Sciences and Development

Prof Johnnie van den Berg – School of Biological Sciences

Prof Johan van der Walt – School for Physical and Chemical Sciences, Division of Biochemistry

Prof Francois van der Westhuizen - School for Physical and Chemical Sciences

Prof Albie van Dijk – School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Department of Biochemistry

Prof Bertus van Rooy – School of Languages UPSET Research Focus Area

Prof Herrie van Rooy – School for Biblical Studies and Ancient Languages

Prof Francois Venter - Faculty of Law

 

C – Established researchers

Prof Rasheed Adegbola Adeleke - School of Biological Sciences

Prof James Allison - School of Computer Statistical and Mathematical SC

Prof Yaw Amoateng - School of Research and postgrad studies

Prof Collins Ateba - Biological Sciences

Prof Robert Balfour - Faculty of Education Sciences

Prof Bongani Bantwini - PC_School_of_Natural_Sciences_In_Education

Prof Sandra Barnard - Botany, School for Biological Sciences

Prof Ian Bekker - English

Dr Dmitri Bessarabov - Natural Science, CRB, HySA Infrastructure

Prof Paul Beukes - School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Chemistry

Prof Carlos Bezuidenhout - PC School of Biological Sciences (Environmental Sciences and Management)

Prof Karel Botha - PC School of Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences

Prof Henk Bouwman - Department of Biological Sciences

Prof Tiaan Brink - Division of Pharmacology

Prof John Bunt - School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering

Prof Quentin Campbell - PC School of Chemical and Mineral Engineering

Prof Wannie Carstens - School of Languages

Prof Sarel Cilliers - School of Biological Sciences

Prof Sarina Claassens - Microbiology, School of Biological Sciences

Prof Susan Coetzee-Van Rooy - Research Entity UPSET

Prof Marelie Davel - School for IT, Research Entuty Director: MuST

Prof Josef De Beer - School of Natural Science and Technology for Education

Prof Riaan De Jongh - Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics

Prof Elda De Waal - Edu-Hright Research Unit

Prof Ernst Drewes - School of Geo- and Spatial Science

Prof Kobus Du Pisani - School for Social and Government Studies

Prof Jeanetta Du Plessis - CoE Pahmaceutical Sciences

Prof Lissinda Du Plessis - Department of Pharmaceutics

Prof Willemien Du Plessis - Development in the SA Constitutional State

Prof Yvonne Du Plessis - Graduate School of Bussness and Government Laedership

Prof Lindie Du Plessis - PC School of Tourism Management

Prof Louis Du Preez - School of Biological Sciences

Prof Jat Du Toit - School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Prof Tiny Du Toit - PC Computer Sciences and Information Systems

Prof  Carla Fourie - PC Physiology

Prof Driekie Fourie - Unit of Environmental Sciences and Managment

Prof JD Froneman - School of Communication Studies

Prof Minja Gerber - PC_Drug_Delivery

Prof Jaco Gericke - Research Focus Area Ancient Texts

Prof Roelien Goede - PC_Computer_Sciences_and_Information_Systems

Prof Minrie Greeff - AUTHeR, Ethics Office

Prof Franci Greyling - School of Languages

Prof Sias Hamman - Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Prof Marietjie Havenga - PC_Computer_Sciences_Education

Prof Alida Herbst - PC School of Psychosocial Health

Prof Jan Heystek - School for Education

Dr Liberty Muchatiurwa Hove  - School of Language Education

Prof Hugo Huisman - Department of Physiology; Hypertension in Africa Research Team

Prof Magda Huisman - School for Computer Science, Statistics and Mathematics

Prof Johan Janse van Vuren - Environmental Sciences and Management

Prof Johann Jerling - Centre of Excellence for Nutrition

Prof Cara Jonker - School for Human Resource Sciences

Prof Pierre Jordaan - Department of Ancient Languages and Text Study

Prof  Lene Jorgensen - Industrial Psychology

Dr Micky Josipovic - PC Environmental Sciences

Prof Klaus Kellner - Department of Biological Science

Prof Masood Khalique - Department of Mathematical Sciences

Prof Ewert Kleynhans - School of Economics

Prof Awie Kotze - Faculty of Health Science

Prof Henning Krieg - School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Prof Cobus Kriek - PC_Chemistry

Prof Hennie Kruger - School of Computer Sciences

Prof Jaco Kruger - School of Music

Prof Salome Kruger - School of Physiology and Nutrition Centre of Excellence Nutrition

Prof Stefan Kruger  - TREES (Tourism Research in Economics Environs and Society)

Prof Wilna Liebenberg - Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Prof Du Toit Loots - Centre for Human Metabonomics

Prof Ilani Loubser - School of Physical and Chemical Sc

Prof Roan Louw  - PC School of Physical and Chemical Sciences  Biochemistry

Prof Martie Lubbe - School of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice

Dr Serena Lucrezi - PC_Tourism_Research_in_Economic_Environs_and_Society

Prof Mark Maboeta - School of Environmental Sciences (Zoology)

Prof Leone Malan - Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART)

Prof Leonard Maré - Unit  for Reformed Theology

Prof Phillip Mashele - PC_Centre_for_Business_Mathematics_and_Informatics

Prof Simeon Materechera - Indigenous Knowledge Systems Centyre (IKS)

Prof Manny Mathuthu - MC Centre for Applied Radiation Science and Technology

Prof Bernard Mbenga - School of Human Sciences, Department of History

Prof Nicholas Meihuizen - School of Languages, Department of English

Prof Elsa Mentz - School of Natural Sciences and Technology for Education, Research Entity: Self directed learning

Prof Karin Minnie - PC Quality in Nursing and Midwifery NSINQ

Prof Andries Monyeki - School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science

Prof Hanlie Moss - Physical activity, sport and recreation research focus area

Prof Karina Mostert - Workwell Research Unit for Sconomic and Management Sciences

Prof Chris Munyati - School of Environmental and Health Science

Prof David N'Da - Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Prof Adele Nel - School of Languages

Prof Marius Nel - PC Unit for Reformed Theology and Dev of the SA Society

Prof Bernard Odendaal - School of Languages, Subject Group Creative Writing

Prof Douglas Oliver - School of Pharmacy

Prof Martin Palamuleni - Department of Social Sciences, Population and Health Unit

Prof Jacques Petzer - Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, School of Pharmacy

Prof Refilwe Phaswana-Mafuya - DVC Research and Innovation

Prof Anita Pienaar - School of Biokinetics Recreation and Sport Science

Prof Marlien Pieters - Centre of Excellence - Nutrition

Prof Rialet Pieters - Environmental Sciences and Development

Prof Christa Rautenbach - Law Faculty, Undergraduate programme

Prof Francois Retief - School of Environmental Sciences and Development

Prof Riaan Rheeder - PC_School_of_Christian_Ministry_and_Leadership

Prof Robbie Robinson - Law Faculty, Undergraduate programme

Prof Wim Roestenburg - Subject Group Social Work

Prof Vera Roos - School of Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences, Africa Unit for Transdiciplinery Health Research Optentia

Prof JP Rossouw - Edu-HRight Research Unit

Prof Andrea Saayman - School of Economics

Prof Melville Saayman - TREES

Prof Abiodun Salawu - School of Human Sciences, Department of Communication

Prof Luke Sandham - Geo and Spatial Sciences

Prof Ilse Schoeman - PC_Mathematics_and_Applied_Mathematics

Prof Stefan Siebert - School of Biological Sciences

Prof Elmarie Slabbert - PC_Tourism_Management

Prof Marius Smit - Education Law

Prof Marius Smuts - Centre of Excellence for Nutrition

Prof Felix Spanier - Centre for Space Research

Prof Marius Stander - Behavioural Sciences

Prof Christien Strydom - School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Dr Jonathan Taylor - Department of Environmental Sciences and Management

Prof Etienne Terblanche - School of Languages, English

Prof Gisella Terre'blanche - Department of Pharmacy

Prof Oriel Thekisoe - Department of Biological Sciences, Zoology

Prof Daleen Van der Merwe - School for Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences

Prof Peet Van der Merwe - School of Bissiness Management

Prof De La Rey Van der Waldt - School of Comunication Sciences

Prof Gerrit Van der Waldt - Focus Area: Social Transformation

Prof Marthie Van der Walt - PC Mathematics Education

Prof Hans Van Deventer - Research Focus Area Ancient Texts

Prof Liezl Van Dyk - Unit for Engineering research

Prof Esta Van Heerden - Centre for Water Sciences and management

Prof Gerhard Van Huyssteen - Unit for Language and Litterature in the SA Context, Centre for Text Technology (CTexT)

Prof Dewald Van Niekerk - Social Transformation, African Centre for Disaster Studies

Prof Johannes Van Rooyen - School for Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences

Prof Phil Van Schalkwyk - School of Languages (Afrikaans and Dutch)

Prof George Van Schoor - Unit for Energy and Technology Systems

Prof Pieter Van Zyl - Physical and Chemical sciences

Prof Anne Verhoef - PC_School_of_Philosophy

Prof Francois Viljoen - Unit  for Reformed Theology

Prof Hein Viljoen - School of Languages (Afrikaans and Dutch)

Prof Wilma Viviers - Economics, Trade and Development

Prof Koos Vorster - Unit  for Reformed Theology

Prof Nico Vorster - Unit  for Reformed Theology

Prof Manie Vosloo - Research Focus Area for Chemical Resource Beneficiation

Prof Frans Waanders - School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering

Prof Che Weldon - School of Biological Sciences

Prof Victor Wepener - School of Biological Sciences

Prof Mike Weyers - School for Psychosocial Behavioural Sciences: Social Work

Prof Rosemary Wildsmith-Cromarty - (FERA)Faculty Education Research Administration

Prof Frank Winde - School of Basic Sciences

Prof Charl Wolhuter - School of education studies

Prof Lesley Wood - School of education studies

Prof Connie Zulu - School for Educational leadership development

P – Prestigious Awards

Dr Du Toit Strauss - Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Prof Christo Venter - Centre of Space Research

Y – Promising young researchers

Prof Avitus Agbor – School of Undergraduate Studies

Dr Oladapo Aremu – Indigenous Knowledge Systems Centre (IKS)

Dr Taha Aziz - Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Prof Indra Bahadur – Chemistry

Prof Karin Botha – PC School of Tourism Management

Dr Dawie Branken - School of Chemical and Mineral Engineering

Prof Adri Breed – PC Afrikaans and Dutch

Prof Howard Chitimira – Law School of Undergraduate Studies

Prof Juanee Cilliers – Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Geo- and Spatial Sciences, Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management

Prof Dané Coetzee – Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science

Prof Siedine Coetzee – School of Nursing Sciences

Prof Leon de Beer – Workwell Research Unit

Prof Anel du Plessis – Law, Undergraduate Programmes

Prof Johan du Plessis – Occupational Hygiene and Health

Prof Petro du Preez – School of Educational Sciences

Dr Eugene Engelbrecht - Physics

Prof Wian Erlank - School of Law Undergraduate Studies

Prof Elvis Fosso Kankeu – School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering

Prof Oliver Fuo – PC Law

Dr Amare Abebe Gidelew – Physics

Prof Rupert Gouws – School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering

Dr Crisna Gouws – PC Drug Delivery

Dr Kerry Hatfiels Malherbe – PC Environmental Sciences

Dr Lize Havemann-Nel – Centre of Excellence for Nutrition

Dr Esté Hefer-Jordaan  – School of Languages

Prof Risimati Hobyane – PC School of Language and Text Studies

Dr Vicki Koen - Psychology

Prof Tumi Khumalo – Optentia Research Programme

Prof Gideon Kotze – School of Ancient Language and Text Studies

Prof Martinette Kruger – TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society)

Prof Ruan Kruger – HART

Prof Marco le Roux – School of Chemical and Mineral Engineering

Prof Lesetja Legoabe – Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr Zander Lindeque – PC Centre for Human Metabolomics

Dr Tani Lombard – Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences

Prof Marianne Matthee – School of Economics

Prof Ashmore Mawire – School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Dr Carina Mels – Department of Physiology; Hypertension in Africa Research Team

Prof Sanlie Middelberg – School of Accounting Sciences

Dr Marisa Moller-Wolmarans - Pharmacology

Prof Lesetja Motadi – School of Environmental and Health Science

Prof Emmanuel Mukwevho – Biochemistry

Prof Cornelie Nienaber-Rousseau – School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences

Dr Albi Odendaal - Musical Arts in South Africa Recouces and Application

Prof Jako Olivier – School of Human and Social Sciences for Education

Dr Damian Onwudiwe – Chemistry

Prof Clovis Oukouomi Noutchie – Department of Mathematical Sciences

Prof Anél Petzer – Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Prof Lizanne Raubenheimer – School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Prof Shan Simmonds - Curriculum Studies

Dr Wayne Smith – Hypertension in Africa Research Team (HART)

Prof Nicole Stieger – Centre of Excellence for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr Madeleen Struwig - School of Biological Sciences

Dr Rilette Swanepoel – School of Languages

Prof Sanne ter Horst – Unit for Business Mathematics and Informatics

Prof Kenny Uren – Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering

Dr Dalene van der Walt - Centre for Human Metabolomics

Dr Mignon van Vreden - School of Music