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Research Project Application

Registering a Research Proposal

Each node oversees the research and monitoring conducted in its complement of parks, working closely with the park managers to guide management strategies and actions.

Prospective external researchers are required to submit research proposals outlining research questions, methods, anticipated study period, as well as requirements for support from SANParks.

Each research proposal will be evaluated by an internal research committee in terms of its logistics and possible risks to the environment or to the quality of visitor experiences in national parks. If the proposal involves handling of animals it will be referred to the SANParks Animal Use and Care Committee. Projects may be rejected if they are incompatible with the environment, visitor experiences or with ethical treatment of animals, if they are deemed unfeasible, or if SANParks does not have capacity to meet the requirements of the project.

If the proposal is accepted, researchers undertake to provide SANParks with reports on the outcomes of the project as well as copies of data and publications.

Cape Research Centre:

  • Agulhas National Park
  • Bontebok National Park
  • Namaqua National Park
  • Table Mountain National Park
  • Tankwa Karoo National Park
  • West Coast National Park

The application should be submitted to:

Deadlines for submission of proposals in 2017 are as follows:

Proposal deadlines:
23 January
18 April
19 July
16 October

Garden Route:

  • Tsitsikamma Section
  • Wilderness Section
  • Knysna Lakes Area

The application should be submitted to:

Savanna & Arid Research Unit:

  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Augrabies Falls National Park
  • Camdeboo National Park
  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park
  • Kalahari Gemsbok National Park
  • Karoo National Park
  • Kruger National Park
  • Mapungubwe National Park
  • Marakele National Park
  • Mokala National Park
  • Mountain Zebra National Park
  • Richtersveld National Park

The application should be submitted to

Deadlines for submission of proposals in 2017 are as follows:

Proposal submission deadlines:
20 January
24 March
23 June
15 September
10 November

Research Project Application Form

To submit a research proposal to conduct research within a national park, please complete the Research Project Application Form and submit to the relevant person, as per the details above.

For research across nodes, please submit the application form to

Research Report

SANParks Research Report 2014

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