Call for Expression of Interest SABTT Cluster Grants: Economic Growth and Development

The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) invites suitably qualified researchers and academics based at South Africa’s public Higher Education Institutions as well as research institutes to submit their applications for an expression of interest for the South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT).

The SABTT provides a platform for the NIHSS to pursue its mandate of developing initiatives that contribute towards a better and safer world order through peaceful diplomacy and multilateralism. One of the programs of the SABTT is the BRICS clusters, which allows the NIHSS to play a vital role in organizing joint-research, networking, and exchange programs with a view of addressing the five research focus areas outlined in the BRICS Long Term Strategy, namely:

  • Promoting cooperation for economic growth and development;
  • The maintenance of peace and security;
  • Social justice, sustainable development, and quality of life;
  • Political and economic governance; and
  • Achieving progress by sharing knowledge and innovation.

Nevertheless, the SABTT looks forward to establishing a research cluster that promotes cooperation within and among BRICS countries on economic growth and development issues. Suitable South African specialists are invited to submit expressions of interest and proposals that address the thematic areas:

  • The Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership;
  • Post-Covid-19 economic recovery;
  • Promotion of intra-BRICS trade and investment, specifically manufacturing, agriculture, energy security, e-commerce, resilient supply chains;
  • BRICS cooperation on economic growth, the multilateral trading system;
  • Adaptation of agriculture to climate change;
  • Sustainability of South African mining sector;
  • The advancement of labour-intensive supply (achieve inclusive growth); and
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship development.

Grants: A maximum of R500 000.00


The SABTT Cluster Grants are available only to South African academics and researchers based in Higher Education Institutions, or at South African research institutes, or those involved in collaborative BRICS projects.

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Application Process

Applicants for the SABTT Cluster grants are to provide the following documents for application:

  • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Motivation letter
  • Certified copy of South African ID/Passport
  • A proposal describing the project’s goal and expected outcomes/outputs, as well as the project’s timetable, work outline, and itemised budget

To apply for the SABTT Cluster Grants, click here

Deadline: September 22, 2021.

For more information about SABTT Cluster grants, visit the official site.

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