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Laser-based research and development at the CSIR:

An overview

Custodians of the national laser infrastructure

With administrative and financial support from the National Research Foundation (NRF), the CSIR runs an access grant scheme that makes unique laser equipment and diagnostics available to South African researchers in laser-related fields. The scheme provides Tertiary Education Institutions (TEIs) in South Africa with access to lasers, diagnostic equipment and technical support to enable them to conduct research. The equipment is rented out to TEIs for specific approved research projects. While the name of the scheme, the Rental Pool Programme (RPP), suggests that the equipment and services are rented, there is no cost to the participating TEI. The role of the CSIR in this regard is to enable research by providing the equipment, research guidance and technical expertise and support. The CSIR intends to stimulate and grow laser research programmes.

The CSIR and the NRF source funding for all associated costs on behalf of participating TEIs. The focus areas of RPP research projects are determined by the TEIs themselves and the CSIR strives to encourage as diverse a laser research portfolio as possible. The research straddles disciplines such as physics, engineering, chemistry, health and environmental science.

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