The National Research Foundation (NRF) rating is a national indicator of research excellence. NRF ratings are allocated based on a researcher’s recent research outputs as perceived by local and international peers. The evaluation is based primarily on the quality and impact of the research outputs of the applicant in the eight years prior to application.
UCT: 542 NRF-rated researchers, 15% of the total number of South African researchers.
According to the NRF these are researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.
UCT: 41 A-rated researchers, home to 33% of total of South Africa’s A-rated researchers
Researchers in this group are recognised by all or the overriding majority of reviewers as having demonstrated the potential of becoming future international leaders in their field on the basis of exceptional research performance and output from their doctoral and/or early post-doctoral research careers.
UCT: 8 P-rated researchers, home to 50% of South Africa’s P-rated researchers.