Institutional Programme for Technikons

Report
Closing date 28 February 2007
What is an NRF rating?
 Assessment of your recent
research track record
 International peer review
 Based on the
quality of research outputs
Why should researchers
seek to be rated?
 Benchmarking
 Access to NRF funding for
5 years
Entry points into NRF funding
Access point 1
Access point 2
Access point 3
RCD
PROPOSAL &
track record
TRACK RECORD
& proposal
Peer review
Peer review
Institutional and
individual support up
to PhD-level
Peer review
Max 3 x 2-year
cycles support for
successful proposal
Long-term (up to 5
years) support for
successful proposal
RATING
No rating
Rated
3 x 2-year cycles support
NRF rating categories
Y, P, L
Researchers who show promise to be
come established
C, B, A
Established researchers
How is your application processed?
(1)
Submission of scholarly achievements
Specialist Committee
Not accepted
Selection of 6 peers (reviewers)
Reviewers’ reports
Assessor
Specialist Committee
Joint meeting
How is your application processed?
(2)
Joint meeting
Consensus
B, C, Y, L*
Inform Applicant
No Consensus
A, P recommendation
Executive
Evaluation
Committee
Appeal
Appeals Committee
Submission of scholarly achievements
Specialist Committee
Not accepted
Selection of 6 peers (reviewers)
Reviewers’ reports
Assessor
Specialist Committee
Joint meeting
Specialist Committees (1)
 Animal & Veterinary
Sciences
 Anthropology,
Development Studies,
Geography, Sociology &
Social Work
 Biochemistry
 Chemistry
 Communication, Media
Studies & Library &
Information Science
 Earth Sciences
 Economics, Management,
Administration &
Accounting
 Education
 Engineering
 Health Sciences
 Historical Studies
 Law
Specialist Committees (2)
 Literary Studies,
Languages & Linguistics
 Mathematical Sciences
 Microbiology & Plant
Pathology
 Performing & Creative
Arts, & Design
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
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Physics
Plant Sciences
Psychology
Politics, Policy Studies &
Philosophy
 Religious Studies &
Theology
 L Committee
Key research areas and types of research outputs
http://www.nrf.ac.za/evaluation/Content/Documents/Rating/krab_2006_august.doc
Tasks of Specialist Committees
 Selecting reviewers
 Assessing reviewers’ reports
 Recommending a rating for
each applicant based on
reports by reviewers
 Identifying feedback
 Rating reports by reviewers
 Advising NRF
Submission of scholarly achievements
Specialist Committee
Not accepted
Selection of 6 peers/reviewers)
Peer/reviewers’ reports
Assessor
Specialist Committee
Joint meeting
Peers/Reviewers
 Applicants are given the opportunity to nominate their
own peers.
 They are also given the opportunity to indicate who
should not be approached.
 A mix of national and international peers is appropriate
in most cases.
 Ideological differences within disciplines in the social
sciences and humanities could confound the selection
of suitable peers, however, reports by peers in such
instances should be identifiable and treated
appropriately by wise panel members.
Submission of scholarly achievements
Specialist Committee
Not accepted
Selection of 6 peers (reviewers)
Reviewers’ reports
Assessor
Specialist Committee
Joint meeting
What are peers/reviewers
asked to comment on?
 Quality of research outputs over the last
seven years
 Standing as a researcher, nationally
and internationally
Submission of scholarly achievements
Specialist Committee
Not accepted
Selection of 6 peers (reviewers)
Reviewers’ reports
Assessor
Specialist Committee
Joint meeting
Information required by NRF from applicant
 Personal details
 Career profile
 Five best recent research
outputs (last 7 years)
 Qualifications obtained
 Ten best research outputs
before that
 Assessment panel(s) to
consider application
 Description of completed
research
 Nominated reviewers
 Self-assessment
 Postgraduate students
 Application for L category?
 Other research-based
contributions
 Relevant biographical sketch
 Research outputs of last
seven years*
 Ongoing and future research
Research outputs of the
last 7 years
1 Jan 2000 to 31 Dec 2006
• Publications in peerreviewed journals
• Patents, artefacts and
products
• Technical reports
• Books/chapters in books
• Peer-reviewed published
conference proceedings
• Postgraduate students
trained
• Keynote/Plenary addresses
• Other significant
conference outputs
• Other recognised research
outputs
Applying online:
http://nrfonline.nrf.ac.za/
Types of rating applications
• New
• Re-evaluation by invitation
• Re-evaluation
• Special re-evaluation
Time Frames

Evaluation and rating takes place every
5 years (for successful applicants)

The period under review is the past
7 years
e.g. 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2006
The online application form …
…has been accessible from
15 August 2006…
…and the call will close on
(Wednesday) 28 February 2007
NB
Find out what your institution’s
internal closing date is!
Sources of information
 Application in MSWord format (not for submission)
http://www.nrf.ac.za/evaluation/Content/Documents/Rating/
ratingform_2007.doc
 Guidelines and instructions for completing the application for
evaluation and rating via NRFOnline
http://www.nrf.ac.za/evaluation/Content/Documents/Rating/
RatingHelp_2007.doc
 Brochure on the NRF’s evaluation and rating of the research
performance of researchers in SA
http://www.nrf.ac.za/evaluation/Content/Documents/Rating/
eval_brochure_2006_Jul.doc
 Online application form http://nrfonline.nrf.ac.za
Evaluation Centre Contact Details
Person
Telephone
Email
Ms Gudrun Schirge
012 481 4106
[email protected]
Ms Anita Basson
012 481 4247
[email protected]
Ms Wieneke Huizinga
012 481 4052
[email protected]
Ms Maria Matjeka
012 481 4098
[email protected]
Ms Pinky Matjeka
012 481 4072
[email protected]
Mrs Diane Monteiro
012 481 4033
[email protected]
Ms Ndileka Qamba
012 481 4161
[email protected]
Mrs Desiree Sassman
012 481 4199
[email protected]
Ms Kopano Setlhare
012 481 4152
[email protected]
Ms Jana Warffemius
012 481 4244
[email protected]
Mrs Lizzy Ledwaba
012 481 4036
[email protected]
fax no: 012-481-4010 and website: http://www.nrf.ac.za/evaluation/
Postal address
Evaluation Centre, National Research Foundation, PO Box 2600, Pretoria, 0001
Thank you
You are invited to visit the
Evaluation Centre website to
view the list of NRF rated researchers.
This list can be searched according to
names of rated researchers,
research specialisations,
institutions and rating descriptors.
http://www.nrf.ac.za/evaluation/Content/Facts/ratings.aspx

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